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  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    At the beginning of February 1998, the media reported that the 56-year-old
    managing director of the Stora forestry company, who was about to leave his
    job after six years, would receive a "golden handshake" (or severance
    package) worth SEK 58 million. In the first two years following his
    resignation, he would receive SEK 2.8 million and from the age of 60 a large
    pension. What made the information conspicuous, apart from the large sum, was
    that the managing director was said not to have been dismissed but to have
    left on his own initiative, and that his terms of resignation had been
    renegotiated and improved shortly before he had made his decision.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    Owing to the use of "social shock absorbers" to ease the blow of
    redundancies, the restructuring of Italian industry - especially in the 1980s
    - has proceeded without excessive social costs, though with substantial
    economic costs to the state. A reform of these measures is envisaged as part
    of the current reform of the welfare state and broader redefinition of
    employment policies. Moreover, a still unresolved issue is the definition of
    new measures to deal with the employment crisis in the service sector.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    The Federation of Transport Workers' Unions in the European Union (FST) and
    theEuropean Community Shipowners' Association (ECSA) agreed a joint text on
    working time and time off aboard ship in December 1997. The approximately
    128,000 EU nationals and 26,000 non-EU nationals employed in the maritime
    sector are among the workers excluded from the provisions of the EU Directive
    (93/104/EC) on certain aspects of the organisation of working time.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    At the end of January 1998, German unemployment reached a new post-war record
    high, with more than 4.8 million people registered as unemployed. The
    announcement of the latest unemployment figures on 5 February was accompanied
    by nationwide protests of unemployed people all over Germany. The protests
    were organised by independent organisations of jobless people, self-help
    groups and trade unions' jobless committees and groups. The unions played an
    important role in coordinating, organising and supporting the protests.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In February 1998, it was announced that the Government is to draw up a
    voluntary code on combating age discrimination in recruitment. The statement
    came as the charity, Age Concern, launched an "Age discrimination awareness
    campaign". A survey conducted for Age Concern estimates that more than 18
    million adults have experienced age discrimination in employment, health or
    welfare. The study found that 70% of the population believe age
    discrimination exists, while only half of those who reported it were aged
    over 45, showing that it is a problem that affects most ages.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    Following the breakdown of talks with employers' representatives,
    Luxembourg's two main trade unions approached the Government in January 1998
    and set out their proposals for transposing the EU Directive on parental

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In August 1997 the authorities rejected a bid made by a group of activists
    from the Austrian Freedom Party (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ) to
    form an association called the Austrian Free Trade Union (Freie Gewerkschaft
    Österreichs, FGÖ) (AT9705113N [1]). They argued that its proposed name
    might give rise to confusion with a social democrat organisation, the
    Austrian Federation of Free Trade Unions (Österreichischer Bund freier
    Gewerkschaften, ÖBFG). The ÖBFG is dormant but social democrat trade
    unionists have kept the name alive in order to have something to fall back on
    in case the Austrian Trade Union Federation (Österreichischer
    Gewerkschaftsbund, ÖGB), the sole formal trade union existing in Austria,
    should ever disband.


  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    At its general council meeting on 10 February 1998, the LO trade union
    confederation voted in favour of industry-level settlements in the spring
    1998 bargaining round in Norway's private sector. In addition, LO wants to
    bargain with the NHO employers' confederation over the principles which are
    to apply to the forthcoming reform of further education and training. LO
    would like to see these negotiations finalised before the sectoral bargaining
    commences, but NHO has rejected such talks.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    Belgium proudly boasts one of the oldest consumer prices indices in the
    world. Since the First World War, the government has carefully monitored how
    much Belgians spend on their daily consumption needs. What started as a
    rather rough indicator in 1914 has developed over the years into a refined
    instrument for measuring the price increases of different consumer products
    and the inflation rate.


  • COVID-19

    Eurofound’s work on COVID-19 examines the far-reaching socioeconomic implications of the pandemic across Europe as they continue to impact living and working conditions. A key element of the research is the e-survey, launched in April 2020, with five rounds completed at different stages during 2020, 2021 and 2022. This is complemented by the inclusion of research into the ongoing effects of the pandemic in much of Eurofound’s other areas of work.

  • Sectoral social dialogue

    Eurofound's representativeness studies are designed to allow the European Commission to identify the ‘management and labour’ whom it must consult under article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). This series consists of studies of the representativeness of employer and worker organisations in various sectors.

  • Minimum wages in the EU

    This series reports on developments in minimum wage rates across the EU, including how they are set and how they have developed over time in nominal and real terms. The series explores where there are statutory minimum wages or collectively agreed minimum wages in the Member States, as well as minimum wage coverage rates by gender.  

  • European Working Conditions Surveys

    The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) launched in 1990 and is carried out every five years, with the latest edition in 2015. It provides an overview of trends in working conditions and quality of employment for the last 30 years. It covers issues such as employment status, working time duration and organisation, work organisation, learning and training, physical and psychosocial risk factors, health and safety, work–life balance, worker participation, earnings and financial security, work and health, and most recently also the future of work.

  • European Restructuring Monitor

    The European Restructuring Monitor has reported on the employment impact of large-scale business restructuring since 2002. This series includes its restructuring-related databases (events, support instruments and legislation) as well as case studies and publications.

  • Challenges and prospects in the EU

    Eurofound’s Flagship report series 'Challenges and prospects in the EU' comprise research reports that contain the key results of multiannual research activities and incorporate findings from different related research projects. Flagship reports are the major output of each of Eurofound’s strategic areas of intervention and have as their objective to contribute to current policy debates.

  • European Company Survey 2019

    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 2019, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • National social partners and policymaking

    This series reports on and updates latest information on the involvement of national social partners in policymaking. The series analyses the involvement of national social partners in the implementation of policy reforms within the framework of social dialogue practices, including their involvement in elaborating the National Reform Programmes (NRPs).

  • New forms of employment

    This series reports on the new forms of employment emerging across Europe that are driven by societal, economic and technological developments and are different from traditional standard or non-standard employment in a number of ways. This series explores what characterises these new employment forms and what implications they have for working conditions and the labour market.

  • European Company Surveys

    The European Company Survey (ECS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2004–2005, with the latest edition in 2019. The survey is designed to provide information on workplace practices to develop and evaluate socioeconomic policy in the EU. It covers issues around work organisation, working time arrangements and work–life balance, flexibility, workplace innovation, employee involvement, human resource management, social dialogue, and most recently also skills use, skills strategies and digitalisation.

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