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  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    Since early January 1998, the Greek shipping industry has been facing serious
    problems, with workers mobilising strongly and making numerous demands, while
    at the same time being divided over several issues. A key factor in the
    current difficulties is the ending of the system of "cabotage", whereby the
    country's own ships have a protected market position in Greek coastal
    traffic.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In February 1998, the debate on dealing with breaches of labour law in
    Portugal, which has been underway for some time, entered its final phase.
    Changes are proposed to the penalties applied for non-compliance with labour
    legislation.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    The 12th congress of Italy's Uil trade union confederation was held in
    Bologna on 4-6 February 1998. The key issues under discussion were the
    introduction of the 35-hour working week and union unity.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    The firefighters' strike, which had lasted for over three months, ended in
    February 1998 after both parties approved a conciliation proposal from the
    state conciliator. The strike is generally considered not to have achieved
    any special benefits for the strikers.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In February 1998, the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament approved the new
    Works Councils Act. A few days earlier, a research report had revealed that
    many small companies fail to comply with the requirements either to establish
    a works council or to hold regular meetings of staff.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    Following a tripartite meeting in January 1998 on bus drivers' working hours
    in Luxembourg, a working group has been set up to report on the feasibility
    and impact of a reduction in daily "duty time".

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In 1996, legal action was taken by Denmark's Christian Trade Union (Den
    Kristelige Fagforening, DKF) against a company that had dismissed an employee
    on grounds of non-compliance with a closed-shop agreement concluded with the
    General Workers' Union in Denmark (Dansk Specialarbejderforbund, SiD) in
    1990. The closed-shop agreement stated that employees recruited after 1990
    should already be or become a member of SiD. Having been employed for a year
    at the company when the closed-shop agreement with SiD was reached, the
    employee at the centre of the case became a member of SiD. Later, he
    regretted the membership and refused to pay union dues, resulting in his
    exclusion from the trade union and later his dismissal.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In keeping with the general thrust of Ireland's current three year economic
    and social pact,/Partnership 2000/ (IE9702103F [1]), a joint company/trade
    union "partnership forum" was established in January 1998 at the Waterford
    (south-east Ireland) contact-lens plant of Bausch & Lomb (B&L), the USA-based
    multinational. The company has a sunglasses plant in the same city, but this
    operates separately and with a different management structure. Overall, B&L
    is set to increase its total number of employees from its current level of
    1,100 to over 1,500 within two years. This involves an ongoing IEP 43 million
    investment programme and will make B&L the largest employer in the region,
    thus surpassing the world-famous Waterford Crystal where 1,400 are employed.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/social-partners-agree-three-year-national-programme

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In early 1998, farm owners, cooperatives and trade unions in the Spanish
    olive-growing sector are preparing new protests in opposition to the reform
    of the Common Market Organisation for olive oil laid down in a draft proposal
    by the EU Commissioner responsible for agriculture. The sector believes that
    the proposed changes would have negative effects on employment. However, the
    sector's demands no longer have the unanimous backing of the Government and
    the political parties.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    At the February 1998 plenary session of the European Parliament, the
    representative of the current UK Council Presidency, Douglas Henderson
    confirmed that the Council of Ministers and the European Commission had no
    plans to review the decision to end intra-EU duty-free sales (EU9711166N
    [1]). This was despite claims made by representatives of the ferry and
    airport industry and trade unions in these sectors that the loss of up to
    140,000 jobs may result from the decision. The decision to end duty-free from
    1999 was taken over seven years ago by the Council of Ministers in 1991, as
    one of the taxation and excise measures to make the single market a reality.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/conference-highlights-controversy-over-abolition-of-duty-free

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    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 2003, the first edition of the survey.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2007

    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 2007, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2012

    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 2012, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003. 

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2005

    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 2005, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2010

    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 2010, the fifth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • Manufacturing employment outlook

    This publication series explores scenarios for the future of manufacturing. The employment implications (number of jobs by sector, occupation, wage profile, and task content) under various possible scenarios are examined. The scenarios focus on various possible developments in global trade and energy policies and technological progress and run to 2030.

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