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  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    The issue of legislating against discrimination on grounds of ethnic origin
    in working life has been debated in Sweden for the last 30 years, but it was
    not until 1994 that the first law was enacted. To the very last, even one of
    the trade union confederations asserted that collective agreements, not
    legislation, were the appropriate means of combating discrimination.

  • 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

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    A recent study has found that 60% of Dutch employees suffer from work-related
    stress. The unions have placed this issue at the top of their agenda for the
    1998 collective bargaining round.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In February 1998, the sectoral trade unions and Ferrovie dello Stato, the
    Italian national railway, signed an agreement aimed at increasing the
    company's efficiency, productivity and competitiveness.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    On 22 February 1998, negotiations between the Confederation of Danish
    Industries (Dansk Industri, DI) and the Central Organisation of Industrial
    Employees in Denmark (Centralorganisationen af Industriansatte i Danmark,
    CO-industri) broke down. The DI/CO-industri bargaining unit covers some
    210,000 workers in industry, or some 62% of all the employees whose
    collective agreements are due to be renewed by 1 March 1998. The norm-setting
    effect of the agreement in industry is estimated to affect agreements
    covering an additional 100,000 workers. As other bargaining units in the
    private sector await the outcome of the negotiations in the industrial
    sector, the breakdown in talks meant that a major conflict across the whole
    private sector could have broken out on 2 March 1998, the day after the
    current agreements expire.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    Trade unions in the state-owned aircraft maintenance company, TEAM Aer
    Lingus, are considering a management offer to buy out employment guarantees
    made to workers who transferred over from the former maintenance and
    engineering division of the parent company in 1990. The guarantees are in the
    form of individually signed "letters of comfort" and state that the workers
    formally remain as employees of Aer Lingus"as if TEAM did not exist"
    (IE9711235F [1]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/industrial-relations-undefined-labour-market/team-aer-lingus-employees-seek-deal-prior-to-potential-sell-off

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In February 1998, the UGT trade union confederation signed the second general
    collective agreement for the Spanish construction sector, over three months
    after it was signed by the CC.OO union confederation and the CNC employers'
    organisation, thus ending the bargaining deadlock in the industry.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    The new collective agreement for white-collar workers in Luxembourg's iron
    and steel industry, signed in January 1998, includes an overall pay increase
    of 1.85% spread over two years and ratifies an existing profit-sharing
    scheme.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    On 3 February 1998, the 40-nation Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers
    recommended that the German Government change the country's restrictive legal
    provisions on industrial action. According to a recommendation (No. RChS(98)2
    [1]) agreed by an absolute majority of two-thirds of the Council of Europe's
    members, the German legislation on strikes does not conform with the
    Council's European Social Charter [2] in which the contracting parties
    recognise: "the right of workers and employers to collective action in cases
    of conflicts of interest, including the right to strike, subject to
    obligations that might arise out of collective agreements previously entered
    into" (Article 6, para. 4).

    [1] http://www.coe.fr/cm/ta/rec/recChs/1998/98rc2.htm
    [2] http://www.coe.fr/eng/legaltxt/35e.htm

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In February 1998, the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE) appealed
    to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and other international
    organisations and national bodies, with a view to repealing a new law which
    provides for labour relations in some public corporations to be governed by
    law rather than collective bargaining.

Series

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2003

    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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