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  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    On 15 June 1998, after two years of negotiations the telecommunications
    company Otelo Communications GmbH & Co, the public sector and transport
    employees' trade union (Gewerkschaft Öffentliche Dienste, Transport und
    Verkehr, ÖTV) and the chemical, mining and energy employees' union (IG
    Bergbau Chemie und Energie, IG BCE) agreed the firm's first framework
    agreement on employment conditions. Otelo is a subsidiary of the VEBA and RWE
    concerns and currently employs roughly 3,000 employees.

  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    On 16 June 1998, the Danish Employers' Confederation (Dansk
    Arbejdsgiverforening, DA) ended its one-year boycott and decided to re-enter
    the national health and safety system. The boycott had come as a reaction to
    the new and amended Work Environment Act adopted on 30 May 1997, which
    employers viewed as "unacceptable centralism and bureaucracy" (DK9706116N
    [1]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/employers-opt-out-of-the-danish-health-and-safety-system

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    Along with all the other EU Member States, Finland has drawn up a National
    Action Plan (NAP) on employment in response to the EU Guidelines for Member
    States' employment policies 1998 [1], following the Luxembourg"Employment
    Summit" in November 1997 (EU9711168F [2]). The plans are to be submitted to
    the Cardiff European Council in June 1998.

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

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    Norway has experienced favourable employment statistics over the last few
    years. Newly published figures from Statistics Norway show that there has
    been a further fall in unemployment, and the employment rate is higher than
    ever. Norway is not a member of the European Union, and is thus not bound by
    a commitment to formulate National Action Plans [1] for employment in line
    with the EU's 1998 Employment Guidelines [2]. Employment policy goals are,
    however, worked out annually in the National Budget.

    [1] http://www.europa.eu.int/en/comm/dg05/elm/naps/naps.htm
    [2] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/empl&esf/docs/guideen.htm

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    Following the special Employment Summit [1] in Luxembourg in November 1997
    (EU9711168F [2]), EU Member States agreed a set of Employment Guidelines [3]
    designed to provide a framework for national action under four main "pillars"
    - employability, adaptability, entrepreneurship and equal opportunities. Each
    Member State was to draw up a National Action Plan (NAP) for consideration at
    the June 1998 European Council meeting in Cardiff. The French Action Plan for
    Employment, 1998 [4] (Plan français d'action pour l'emploi 1998) was adopted
    by the Council of Ministers on 15 April 1998 and submitted to the European
    Commission on the same day.

    [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
    [3] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/empl&esf/docs/guideen.htm
    [4] http://www.europa.eu.int/en/comm/dg05/elm/naps/fr_en.pdf

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    The major strike in Denmark's private sector in April-May 1998 (DK9805168F
    [1]) indirectly caused a dispute in Sweden. When the SAS airline tried to
    reroute its flights scheduled for Copenhagen to Sweden, the Swedish Transport
    Workers' Union (Svenska Transportarbetareförbundet, Transport) notified SAS
    and the catering company Gate Gourmet on 1 May of its intention to impose a
    blockade which was due to begin seven days later. Transport workers at
    Arlanda airport refused to load and unload luggage and refuel the rerouted
    aircraft before the blockade was due to take effect. Consequently, SAS had to
    cancel several long-distance flights.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations/parliament-intervenes-to-end-major-conflict

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    The proposed European Company Statute would enable European multinational
    undertakings to operate under rules governed by EU company law, rather than
    the diverse regulations of different Member States. Such "European Companies"
    would also benefit from a special tax status. The idea has been on the table
    for over a quarter of a century without winning adoption in the Council of
    Ministers, with the problems centring around the issue of worker involvement
    in the European Company. In 1996, a high-level expert group was set up by the
    Commission to help break the deadlock, particularly in respect of those
    countries which feared that the Statute would undermine strong national
    involvement rights, and those countries which currently have no legal
    mechanisms for ensuring employee involvement.

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    On 10 May 1998, employers and the trade unions in the Dutch healthcare sector
    reached a new collective agreement. This was made possible after a debate in
    the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, in which the outgoing Minister of
    Health offered employers a chance for renegotiation in the autumn if the
    budget proves to be inadequate.

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    In May 1998, the Portuguese Government announced proposals for a new basic
    law on social security, containing structural measures designed to strengthen
    system and address its financial sustainability. The proposals incorporate
    some recommendations arising from the dialogue between the Government and the
    social partners.

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    The Spanish government, in drawing up its National Action Plan for employment
    in response to the EU employment guidelines, for submission to the June 1998
    Cardiff summit, has given priority to active employment policies supported by
    training and local activity. However, the trade unions have severely
    criticised the Plan and are organising protests against it.

Series

  • European Company Survey 2009

    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 2009, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • European Company Survey 2013

    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 2013, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance.

  • 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.

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