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  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    On 23 January 1998, the High Court in London ruled in nine test cases brought
    by ex-mineworkers suing British Coal, the former nationalised coal authority,
    for causing them chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The outcome was eagerly
    awaited by tens of thousands other potential claimants, and could affect
    miners who worked in coalmines as long ago as 1947. Over 100 other cases are
    already awaiting judgment and there are thousands of other claims pending,
    according to solicitors working on behalf of injured former members of the
    National Union of Mineworkers. The test cases, taken by ex-miners from the
    Durham, Yorkshire and South Wales coalfields took 17 months to reach the High

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    According to the recently published /Accident at work avoidance report 1997/
    (Unfallverhütungsbericht Arbeit 1997) from the German Federal Government,
    the number of accidents at work declined further in 1996, while in the same
    period the number of suspected cases of occupational diseases rose.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In February 1998, BBV - the second largest banking group in Spain - called on
    the conservative Government to progress further with labour reform, reduce
    the cost of dismissal and continue to reduce public expenditure in order to
    meet the challenge of the single European currency.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In December 1997, the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of
    Europe (UNICE) declared its willingness to enter into negotiations with the
    European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of Enterprises
    of General Economic Interest (CEEP) and the European Trade Union
    Confederation (ETUC) on the rights of workers on fixed-term contracts. These
    negotiations would be held under the procedures set out in the Maastricht
    social policy Agreement [1]. This move follows the successful conclusion of
    similar negotiations on parental leave in December 1995 (TN9801201S [2]) and
    on part-time work in June 1997 (EU9706131F [3]). From the outset of the
    latter negotiations, UNICE had rejected the trade unions' desire to negotiate
    on all forms of "atypical employment", because of what it perceived to be the
    very different issues pertaining to part-time and to fixed-term employment.
    Regulation of fixed-term employment currently varies significantly between
    Member States, particularly in relation to the possible maximum duration of
    such contracts and the restrictions pertaining to their use. These are the
    issues which will be of particular concern to the trade union side, now that
    ETUC has agreed in March 1998 a mandate to enter into negotiations.


  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    Over early 1998, the French Minister of Education, Claude Allègre, has been
    faced with protests from teachers who are opposed to his proposed reforms.
    The teachers' many demands indicate a deep underlying problem, and
    negotiations have been limited or even deadlocked.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    The Minister of Labour and Government Administration, Eldbjørg Løwer, in a
    press conference on the 23 January 1998, informed the media of her decision
    to permit the recruitment of foreign qualified doctors through private labour
    exchanges, in addition to the recruitment carried out by the existing public
    labour exchanges.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    The social partners in the tourism sector succeeded in signing a national
    collective agreement on salaries but not on wages for the 12 months from 1
    May 1997 (AT9706120N [1]). Instead, four wage agreements were concluded at
    provincial level (Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Vorarlberg) by early
    July, after which the negotiating process came to a halt. The impasse, in a
    sector that is of great importance for Austria's balance of payments, has
    begun to concern the Government. On 10 February 1998, the Prime Minister
    himself convened the social partners to try to sort out the issues and to
    press for a solution.


  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    At the end of January 1998, the Low Pay Commission [1] (LPC) completed its
    oral hearings on the forthcoming National Minimum Wage (NMW) in sessions with
    the Equal Opportunities Commission, Commission for Racial Equality and
    UNISON, public sector union which is the UK's largest union. The LPC will now
    have to consider more than 400 pieces of written evidence, along with the
    results of hearings with companies, employees, trade unions and other bodies.
    The LPC's findings are expected to be published later in the spring of 1998,
    along with a recommendation for a NMW rate (UK9711177F [2]).


  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In 1957, the German Trade Union Federation (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, DGB)
    and its affiliated trade unions set up a joint company pension scheme
    (Unterstützungsfonds) for their employees. Traditionally, the scheme was
    financed on a pay-as-you-go basis. In the last couple of years, however, the
    financing of the pension scheme has become increasingly problematic for a
    number of reasons:


  • 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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