20 april 2015
The new European Commission (EC) under President Jean-Claude Juncker is committed to re-launching social dialogue and a first step was taken with the organisation of a high-level conference in Brussels on 5 March. The aim of the conference was to discuss concrete ways to strengthen social dialogue with EU cross-industry social partners and their national affiliates. On 21 and 22 April 2015 Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs in Riga again discussed informally ways towards a true and responsible social dialogue. Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Eurofound Director, presented an overview of Eurofound’s recent research work, outlining steps towards a true and responsible social dialogue in Europe.
New European Commission work plan, working time and gender equality: EU-level developments in industrial relations and working conditions - Q4 2014 (EurWORK topical update)
07 april 2015
This article presents some of the key developments and research findings on EU level developments in industrial relations and working conditions during the last quarter of 2014. The European Commission's priorities for 2015, the economic outlook for Europe, and issues around working time are the main focus of this report.
EU-level developments in industrial relations and working conditions - Q3 2014 (EurWORK topical update)
18 februar 2015
This article presents some of the key developments and research findings on EU-level developments in industrial relations and working conditions during the third quarter of 2014. The new European Commission and its priorities, issues around working time and gender equality are the main focus of this report.
EU-level developments in industrial relations and working conditions - Q1 2014 (EurWORK topical update)
18 februar 2015
This article presents some of the key developments and research findings on industrial relations and working conditions in the EU during the first quarter of 2014. Institutional affairs, labour-related legislation and developments in collective bargaining and social dialogue are the main focus of the report.
16 januar 2015
This report describes the main developments in industrial relations and working conditions in 2013 in the 28 EU Member States and in Norway, from both a national and EU-level perspective. Beginning with an overview of the current economic and political context in these countries, the report goes on to outline trends in industrial relations, including changes in the role and organisation of the social partners and the impact of government measures and legislation.
22 april 2014
This report maps the impact of the global financial, economic and public debt crisis on industrial relations and working conditions at national level in the EU Member States from 2008 to end 2012. The impact of the crisis on industrial relations is mapped with regard to the actors, processes and outcomes. Working conditions, covering the EU27 and Norway, maps the impact on employment conditions, working time arrangements and work–life balance, work organisation and psychosocial risks and on health and well-being at work. It uses comparative national-level information and data from Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) and European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS), the European Social Survey (ESS) and the EU Labour Force Surveys (EU LFS).
08 august 2013
This working paper examines how social dialogue has addressed the impact of the crisis. In order to make reasonable comparisons between countries as diverse as Brazil, China, Japan and the USA it is necessary to take into account the institutional, political, economic and social backgrounds. However, the purpose of this short paper was not to provide a profile of the countries included but rather to identify practices employed by the social partners in dealing with some of the great challenges caused by the crisis.
16 oktober 2012
This report analyses data from Eurofound’s European Company Survey of 2009 to examine the incidence of performance-related pay (PRP) in European establishments and what determines it, with a specific focus on the role of employment relations. Larger establishments, those in foreign ownership, in the financial intermediation and commerce sectors, and those located in some central and eastern European countries are more likely to have a PRP scheme based on the performance of individuals. Across Europe, PRP schemes are more likely to be in place in companies that have employee representation in place.
23 august 2009
This annual review draws on data from the European Industrial Relations Observatory to examine industrial relations developments in 2008 in the 27 EU Member States and Norway, as well as the EU-level. It focuses, in particular, on restructuring and the global economic crisis, as well as on self-employed workers.
10 december 2008
Promoting industrial peace in the labour market is an ongoing challenge in the world economy. This thematic feature from the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) outlines procedures that countries have taken to avoid industrial action and to maintain a smooth negotiating process between the social partners. This study is made up of contributions from 23 European Union Member States, as well as the acceding countries Bulgaria and Romania, and Norway. The main focus of the study is on the regulatory framework, the procedures for resolving industrial conflicts and the organisations in each country responsible for dealing with disputes of interest in the private and public sector.