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  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    A restructuring plan for the Viana do Castelo shipyard in Northern Portugal
    has met with opposition from workers, including strikes in May and June 1998.

  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    On 27 May 1998, the European Commission launched a Recommendation calling
    upon all 15 Member States to ratify the International Labour Organisation
    (ILO) Convention No. 177 concerning home work [1]. The Convention was adopted
    by the ILO Conference on 20 June 1996, and has been signed by all the
    European Union Member States except Germany and the United Kingdom.


  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    An experiment carried out recently by Uniroyal, the tyre firm, highlights the
    uncertainties involved in Belgian company agreements on the reduction of
    working time. After a two-week strike, the workers agreed in June 1998 to
    give up the 32-hour week, paid as 35 hours, introduced at the beginning of
    the year, for a 35-hour week still paid as 35. This situation reveals the
    lack of clarity in the legislation over the definition of full- and part-time
    employment status.

  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    The strike in the transport sector (NO9805166N [1]) came to an end on 10 June
    1998, with the parties agreeing on new collective agreements. The
    negotiations between the bargaining parties had broken down just after
    midnight on 13 May, and approximately 10,000 workers had been called out on
    strike by the time mediation resumed on 9 June. The strike involved workers
    in scheduled bus transport, long-distance freight transport by road and bus
    drivers working for Norwegian railways (NSB).


  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    The 1998 bargaining round was still not entirely completed in late June 1998.
    Even though the parties in most sectors have agreed pay increases (SE9806190F
    [1]), around 700 members of the Painters' Union (Målareförbundet) are on
    strike - the only one so far in the bargaining round - and all the
    indications are that the action will last for a considerable time. The
    Employers' Association of Property Owners (Fastigo) is in dispute with the
    trade union on a quite complicated matter. The issues at stake are more a
    matter of principle than a dispute about pay. In essence, the conflict is
    between Fastigo and another employers' organisation, the Swedish Association
    of Painting Contractors (Målaremästarnas riksförening), but it also
    involves the Painters' Union. It concerns an old fee system dating back to
    1902, which is based on a collective agreement between the Swedish
    Association of Painting Contractors and the Painters' Union, a system to
    which Fastigo has adhered.


  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    Once again, public transport in the Netherlands was subjected to a series of
    "wildcat" strikes in June 1998. Nevertheless, collective bargaining for Dutch
    Railways and the regional transport system have both resulted in new two-year
    collective agreements.

  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    The main Supreme Court judgment in a major trade union recognition case
    involving a small Wexford-based company, Nolan Transport. and the Services
    Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) was delivered by Mr
    Justice Murphy on 15 May 1998 with Mr Justice O' Flaherty delivering a
    shorter summing-up of the key issues raised in the case. All five members of
    the Court were in agreement with the two judgments. The issue of costs was
    set aside to be dealt with at a later date.

  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    Over May-June 1998, Italy's Cisl trade union confederation was engaged in a
    major debate which ended in the relaunch of an initiative aimed at achieving
    union unity.


  • European Restructuring Monitor

    The European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) has reported on the employment impact of large-scale business restructuring since 2002. This publication series include the ERM reports, as well as blogs, articles and working papers on restructuring-related events in the EU27 and Norway.

  • European Working Conditions Telephone Survey 2021

    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 European Working Conditions Telephone Survey (EWCTS) 2021, an extraordinary edition conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • Developments in working life, industrial relations and working conditions in the EU

    This publication series gathers all overview reports on developments in working life, annual reviews in industrial relations and working conditions produced by Eurofound on the basis of national contributions from the Network of Eurofound Correspondents (NEC). Since 1997, these reports have provided overviews of the latest developments in industrial relations and working conditions across the EU and Norway. The series may include recent ad hoc articles written by members of the NEC.

  • 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.

  • 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).

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