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  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    On 21 May 1998, the Government published a white paper entitled Fairness at
    work [1] setting out its legislative agenda in the area of industrial
    relations. As well as giving details of the Government's proposed statutory
    trade union recognition procedure, the white paper outlines a range of other
    employment law reforms in areas such as protection against unfair dismissal,
    dismissals during disputes, representation during grievance and disciplinary
    procedures, maternity rights, and parental and family leave.

    [1] http://www.dti.gov.uk/IR/fairness/index.htm

  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    A new national collective agreement for the Italian chemicals industry was
    signed in June 1998. The most innovative aspects of the deal concern working
    hours: flexibility has been increased and an "hours bank" introduced. The
    Confindustria employers' confederation has been critical, insisting that the
    chemicals agreement should not be used as a model for other sectors.

  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    May-June 1998 saw the first specific strike by foreign workers in Greece. The
    dispute, involving Albanian and Romanian agricultural workers, lasted five
    days and had a positive outcome.

  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    On 16 June 1998, Spain's UGT and CC.OO trade union confederations held a
    national meeting of union delegates under the slogan /For employment and
    solidarity/. The unions' aim was to mobilise their members and reinforce
    their position in negotiations with the employers and the Government.

  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    On 24 June 1998, the workers at the Belgian Volkswagen assembly plant
    spontaneously went on strike. The immediate cause of this "wildcat" strike at
    Volkswagen's Forest assembly plant was a decision by the company doctor to
    send home an assembly-line worker, allegedly without any serious medical
    examination. The woman had become indisposed at the assembly line and
    reported to the company's medical facility. Shortly after being sent home,
    she had a stroke and went into a coma. Apparently, this was not the only
    decision by the doctor that has caused controversy.

  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    In May 1998, the French managements of AGF, Allianz and Athéna agreed with
    trade unions to set up a social dialogue group. The goal of this
    extra-statutory employee representative institution is to prepare the way for
    the merger of these three insurance companies, and it will not replace
    existing official representative structures.

  • Article
    27 juni 1998

    On 15 May 1998, after 18 month of intense negotiations, the eastern German
    metalworking employers' association, Ostmetall, and the Christian
    Metalworkers' Union (Christliche Gewerkschaft Metall, CGM) concluded a
    package of collective agreements known as Phönix [1]. Ostmetall is an
    association of the three regional metalworking employers' associations of
    Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. It was founded in March 1998 (DE9803157N
    [2]) and is a member of metalworking sector peak employers' association,
    Gesamtmetall. Its bargaining partner, CGM is affiliated to the Christian
    Federation of Trade Unions (Christlicher Gewerkschaftsbund, CGB). Of CGM's
    100,000-plus members in Germany, 15,000 are organised in Saxony,
    Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. In the metalworking and electrical sector, CGM
    competes with IG Metall, the metalworkers' union affiliated to the German
    Trade Union Federation (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, DGB), especially as
    regards works council elections and collective agreements in crafts. IG
    Metall had about 2.7 million members in 1997 (DE9802147F [3]).

    [1] http://www.cgm.de/public/tarifpolitik/mtv-brosch/brosch.htm
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/new-metalworking-employers-associations-in-eastern-germany
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations/ig-metall-membership-falls-yet-again

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    April 1998 saw the release of the first figures for company-level collective
    bargaining in 1995-6, compiled by the Observatory on Company-level Bargaining
    in Italy (Osco). The results are of particular interest, as they refer to the
    period immediately following the reform of the Italian bargaining system
    introduced by the tripartite agreement of July 1993. The figures indicate
    that the 1993 agreement has had a positive effect in promoting company-level
    bargaining.

  • Article
    27 maj 1998

    On 13 May 1998, the European Commission adopted a Communication - entitled
    From guidelines to action: the National Action Plans for employment [1]-
    examining the Member States' National Action Plans (NAP s). These Plans drawn
    up in response to the Employment Guidelines [2] for 1998 which were adopted
    in December 1997 by the Council of Ministers as part of the "Luxembourg"
    European employment strategy. The objective of the Communication is to
    examine whether the commitments in the NAPs are in line with the Guidelines'
    four objectives, or "pillars", of employability, adaptability,
    entrepreneurship and equal opportunities.

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

Series

  • 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.

  • European Quality of Life Surveys

    The European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2003, with the latest edition in 2016. It examines both the objective circumstances of people's lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. It covers issues around employment, income, education, housing, family, health and work–life balance. It also looks at subjective topics, such as people's levels of happiness and life satisfaction, and perceptions of the quality of society.

  • European Jobs Monitor

    This series brings together publications and other outputs of the European Jobs Monitor (EJM), which tracks structural change in European labour markets. The EJM analyses shifts in the employment structure in the EU in terms of occupation and sector and gives a qualitative assessment of these shifts using various proxies of job quality – wages, skill-levels, etc.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2016

    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 2016, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003. 

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2015

    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 2015, the sixth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 1996

    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 1996, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2001

    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 2001, which was an extension of the EWCS 2000 to cover the then 12 acceding and candidate countries. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2000

    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 2000, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Company Survey 2004

    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 first edition of the survey carried out in 2004–2005 under the name European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

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