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  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    The UK - then led by a Conservative Government - was one of two European
    Union (EU) Member States (along with Denmark) that decided to "opt out" of
    the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) which was agreed as part of the
    Maastricht Treaty on European Union of 1992. The third stage of EMU,
    involving a single currency - the euro - is due to get underway at the
    beginning of 1999.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    A month-long dispute over industrial restructuring hit Spain's publicly-owned
    coalmining companies in December 1997-January 1998. The dispute arose
    following the Government's amendments of agreements reached in May 1997,
    following the release of a critical report by the European Commission. A
    satisfactory settlement was eventually reached on 27 January 1998.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    Total membership of the world's largest sectoral free trade union, the German
    metalworkers' union, IG Metall, stood at 2.7 million on 31 December 1997, a
    fall of 960,000 (or 27%) since 1991. For the first time since German
    unification, annual membership figures have now fallen below the 1989
    pre-unification level, when IG Metall existed in western Germany only. The
    1991 post-unification net growth of 897,675 members ( 33%) has thus melted
    away. The development of IG Metall's membership is examined in a new report
    from the Institute of the German Economy (Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft,
    IW) - "Rücksturz auf 1989 - Zur Entwicklung der IGM-Mitgliedszahlen 1997", W
    Pege, in IW-Gewerkschaftsreport 1/98 (forthcoming). The table below provides
    details of changes in membership levels since 1989.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    On 3 February 1998, the Danish Association of Professional Technicians
    (Teknisk Landsforbund, TL) publicly announced its intention to seek a shift
    from a 37-hour working week with overtime payments for any additional hours
    to a fixed monthly salary (known as joblønor "job-salary"), whereby
    technicians would not receive overtime payments for working more than 37
    hours per week.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    Among the conclusions of the special European Council Employment Summit [1]
    held in Luxembourg in November 1997 (EU9711168F [2]) was a requirement for an
    action plan on employment, based on the European Commission's guidelines, to
    be drawn up in each European Union Member State.

    [1] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/elm/summit/en/home.htm
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/employment-summit-agrees-limited-package-of-measures-to-combat-unemployment

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    Teleworking (fjernarbeidor telependling) is becoming an issue of increasing
    importance on the agenda of the Norwegian social partners. Home-based
    teleworking is the main focus of attention. Although the level of home-based
    telework activity has remained relatively constant in the last 10 years, it
    is expected to increase in the future. The existing statutory provisions, as
    well as collective agreements, are regarded by many as inadequate for this
    type of work, and home-based teleworking in particular seems to be completely
    unregulated. A declaration on teleworking has been incorporated into the new
    Basic Agreement between the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions
    (Landsorganisasjonen i Norge, LO) and the Confederation of Norwegian Business
    and Industry (Næringslivets Hovedorganisasjon, NHO), which was formally
    ratified in February 1998. The legal state of affairs in relation to
    teleworking is also undergoing scrutiny, and the likely outcome is amendments
    to the 1977 Working Environment Act.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    While current sectoral agreements in Belgium favour the redistribution of
    work, a variety of companies have been adopting novel approaches to the
    reduction of working time in agreements signed in late 1997 and early 1998.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    The last collective agreement on pay in the French civil service was signed
    on 9 November 1993. Five trade unions signed the deal - the French Democratic
    Confederation of Labour (Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail,
    CFDT ), the Federated Education Union (Fédération de l'Education Nationale-
    FEN), the Independent General Confederation of Civil Servants (Fédération
    Générale Autonome des Fonctionnaires, FGAF), the French Christian Workers'
    Confederation (Confédération Française des Travailleurs Chrétiens, CFTC)
    and the General Confederation of Managerial Staff-French Confederation of
    Managerial Staff (Confédération Française de l'Encadrement-
    Confédération Générale des Cadres, CFE-CGC). On the basis of the results
    of workplace-level elections, these five unions together represented the
    majority of civil servants.

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.

Forthcoming publications