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  • Article
    27 december 1997

    Finland's central social partner organisations reached a national incomes
    policy agreement for 1998-2000 in early December 1997 (FI9801145F [1]). The
    deal required approval by the member organisations of the signatory
    confederations, and a deadline of 11 December was set for the completion of
    this ratification process. The settlement was threatened by the failure of
    the Paperworkers' Union (Paperiliitto) - which is considered a key union in
    the incomes policy deal - to meet the deadline, as it sought the resolution
    of outstanding sectoral issues. However, a truce was later achieved in the
    paper industry, with the union prevailing on employers to maintain the
    current position on "outsourcing", allowing the ratification of the central
    agreement. The Paperworkers' Union is an affiliate of the SAK confederation.


  • Article
    27 december 1997

    According to recently published information, the regional metalworking sector
    employers' association Nordmetall- which represents 350 enterprises in the
    German states of Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and
    is a member of the federal sectoral employers' association Gesamtmetall- has
    founded an employers' association called Arbeitgeberverband Norddeutschland
    which will neither conclude, nor be bound by, industry-level collective

  • Article
    27 december 1997

    As part of an experiment with a new salary system for civil servants, due to
    begin on 1 January 1998, senior civil servants were to negotiate part of
    their salaries on a personal basis without the participation of their trade
    union. This, according to Danish Confederation of Professional Associations
    (Akademikernes Centralorganisation, AC), was in conflict with the Crown
    Servants Act, which provides for a right to collective bargaining. The Crown
    Servants Court upheld AC's contention in a ruling issued on 5 December 1997,
    which in practice will exclude 2,800 of the 3,200 civil servants concerned
    from taking part in the experiments from 1 January 1998.

  • Article
    27 december 1997

    Over the five years to 1997, growth and productivity levels in the UK have
    shown above average figures for the EU. In 1997, GDP continued to grow at
    between 3% and 3.5%. Average earnings growth fluctuated within the range of
    4.25% to 4.75%, with average pay awards remaining at around 3% for most of
    1997, but moving towards the 4% mark in the last quarter.

  • Article
    27 december 1997

    In late 1997, the International Monetary Fund once more asked Spain for
    greater flexibility in its labour market, but stated that it should be based
    on social dialogue. The Prime Minister and several of his ministers have
    stated their support for the introduction of such a new reform, but the trade
    unions are radically opposed to any changes until the results of 1997's
    "April agreements" have been analysed.

  • Article
    27 december 1997

    In the context of the special Employment Summit [1] held in Luxembourg on
    20-21 November 1997, the European Centre of Enterprises with Public
    Participation and of Enterprises of General Economic Interest (CEEP) issued
    an "opinion on employment policies in Europe". In the document CEEP outlines
    its priorities in the area of employment policy, with the aim of creating
    more jobs and achieving a more even balance between the economic and social
    aspects of the EU single market.


  • Article
    27 december 1997

    After many difficult attempts to resolve the problem of illegal immigration
    and work in Greece, the process of legalising the status of aliens living and
    working in Greece is set to begin soon, following a government initiative in
    December 1997.

  • Article
    27 december 1997

    On 9 December 1997 the pension reform for those employees of the Austrian
    Federal Railways (Österreichische Bundesbahnen, ÖBB) with civil servant
    status was concluded. This was the final part of the pensions reform the
    Government had set out to achieve at the beginning of 1007 (AT9711144F [1]).
    Because ÖBB pensions are not regulated by law or by collective agreement but
    by individual employment contracts, the reform posed serious problems. It was
    finally achieved by way of a delicate balance between legal reform and works
    agreement. This was accompanied by serious tensions within the coalition


  • Article
    27 december 1997

    The year 1997 saw: an increase in GDP of 3.5% (according to Eurostat
    figures); an inflation rate of 1.9%, which was lower than the previous year;
    and a low government deficit of 0.8% of GDP (according to national figures).
    The unemployment rate for the year was 6.7% (down from 7.3% in 1996). Low
    skill levels and inadequate management strategies have been identified as
    being among the key causes of high unemployment.


  • 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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