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  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    A May 1998 report drawn up on the orders of the Minister for National
    Education proposes a shake-up in the organisation of higher education in
    France. Reaction from the trade unions is divided.

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    Viessmann, a family-owned heating equipment business which employs roughly
    6,500 employees, is a member of the Hessen regional metalworking employers'
    association, Verband der Metall- und Elektro-unternehmen Hessen eV. After 450
    employees were made redundant in 1995, Viessmann did not plan further
    workforce reductions. However, management discussed the production of a new
    product line in the Czech Republic. According to the company, the proposal to
    produce the new line abroad was mainly due to cost advantages in production.
    In comparison with the Czech Republic, production costs in Germany would not
    have allowed for production at competitive prices.

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    The Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister), unveiled Ireland's National Action Plan
    [1] on employment on 20 April 1998. All the EU Member States have drawn up
    such National Action Plans (NAP s) in line with the Employment Guidelines [2]
    which arose from the special Employment Summit [3] in Luxembourg in November
    1997 (EU9711168F [4]). The Guidelines set out a a framework for national
    action under the four "pillars" of employability, adaptability,
    entrepreneurship and equal opportunities. The NAPs were to be considered at
    the Cardiff European Council meeting in June 1998.

    [1] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/empl&esf/naps/irl_en.pdf
    [2] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/empl&esf/docs/guideen.htm
    [3] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/elm/summit/en/home.htm
    [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/employment-summit-agrees-limited-package-of-measures-to-combat-unemployment

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    In a speech delivered to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in April
    1998, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, cited latest figures
    showing that the UK has a "productivity gap" of 20%-30% with France and
    Germany and of 40% with the USA. Although there are British "success stories"
    (such as chemicals and paper/printing) and although the productivity gap has
    been steadily reduced, it still remains significant and the productivity of
    UK manufacturing trails behind that achieved elsewhere, almost regardless of
    sector. The Chancellor argued that "it is time to develop a sense of national
    purpose, to agree a long-term direction for Britain." He went on to say that
    the Government promises to do everything it can to create the conditions in
    which business can succeed, including major structural reforms of the UK
    product, capital and labour markets. In terms of the labour market, the
    Government's reform would include not just employment policy, but also
    welfare, education, taxation and social security policy.

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    In March 1998, the metalworking employers' organisation, CONFEMETAL, and the
    metalworking federations of the UGT, CC.OO and CIGA trade unions signed an
    /Agreement on the structure of collective bargaining in the metalworking
    industry/, aimed at rationalising bargaining in the sector. This is the first
    agreement of this type to be signed following 1997's intersectoral agreement
    on collective bargaining.

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    The revised national Budget for 1998 was made public by the Norwegian
    Government on 15 May 1998. The Government is concerned about the present
    overheating in the economy, and proposes that employers must set aside 2% of
    paybill as well as paying a larger share of the cost of sick pay benefits.

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    Finland's mainly state-owned Leonia finance group gave notice in spring 1998
    of massive reorganisation involving large-scale redundancies. Employees are
    vigorously opposed to the dismissals, which are now under negotiation in the
    works council. If a solution cannot be reached, the dispute will escalate
    into a widespread boycott.

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    Elections in Belgian companies for works councils and workplace health and
    safety committees are likely to be postponed from 1999 until 2000, at the
    employers' request. The elections involve half the workers in the private
    sector.

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    On 17 April 1998, the blue-collar Municipal Workers' Union (Svenska
    Kommunalarbetareförbundet, Kommunal) signed collective agreements with the
    Association of Local Authorities (Kommunförbundet), the Federation of County
    Councils (Landstingsförbundet) and the Association of the Parishes within
    the Church of Sweden (Svenska Kyrkans Församlings- och Pastoratsförbund),
    regulating pay and working conditions for around 420,000 employees in county
    councils, municipalities and parishes. Average monthly pay will rise from SEK
    13,606 in 1998 to SEK 14,898 in 2000, or by 9.5% expressed as a percentage.

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    May 1998 saw industrial action on France's railways, as workers demanded job
    creation and pay increases, and called for more investment and changes to the
    running of the SNCF network.

Series

  • European Quality of Life Surveys

    The European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2003, with the latest edition in 2016. It examines both the objective circumstances of people's lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. It covers issues around employment, income, education, housing, family, health and work–life balance. It also looks at subjective topics, such as people's levels of happiness and life satisfaction, and perceptions of the quality of society.

  • European Jobs Monitor

    This series brings together publications and other outputs of the European Jobs Monitor (EJM), which tracks structural change in European labour markets. The EJM analyses shifts in the employment structure in the EU in terms of occupation and sector and gives a qualitative assessment of these shifts using various proxies of job quality – wages, skill-levels, etc.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2016

    Eurofound's European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2016, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003. 

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2015

    Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) paints a wide-ranging picture of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups. This series consists of findings from the EWCS 2015, the sixth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 1996

    Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) paints a wide-ranging picture of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups. This series consists of findings from the EWCS 1996, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2001

    Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) paints a wide-ranging picture of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups. This series consists of findings from the EWCS 2001, which was an extension of the EWCS 2000 to cover the then 12 acceding and candidate countries. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2000

    Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) paints a wide-ranging picture of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups. This series consists of findings from the EWCS 2000, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Company Survey 2004

    Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the first edition of the survey carried out in 2004–2005 under the name European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • European Company Survey 2009

    Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the ECS 2009, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • European Company Survey 2013

    Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the ECS 2013, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance.

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