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  • Article
    2 februar 2014

    Various types of temporary work in Belgium have different contractual
    agreements. These include paid training schemes, student jobs, occasional
    work, service vouchers, apprenticeships, fixed-term contracts and temporary
    agency work [1]. Most of these work contracts are partly or fully covered by
    Collective Agreement 36 of 27 November 1981.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/temporary-agency-work

  • Article
    2 februar 2014

    On 17 September, the tripartite supervisory board of the Estonian
    Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa [1]) proposed reducing unemployment
    insurance premiums from 3% to 2.1%. The board were in favour of this proposal
    by four votes to two. Representatives of both employers and trade unions
    voted in favour, arguing that the EUIF’s current reserves are large enough
    to survive another crisis. By the end of 2013, the net assets of the EUIF
    were expected to be €525.3 million, predicted to increase to €529.4
    million by the end of 2014. According to the social partners’ estimates, at
    the reduced rate of 2.1% the EUIF would collect €125.7 million gross
    revenue in 2014 and its expected outgoings would be €121.6 million.

    [1] http://www.tootukassa.ee/?lang=en

  • Article
    2 februar 2014

    On 29 October 2013, French Labour Minister Michel Sapin sent a government
    statement (in French, 1MB PDF) [1] to the departments of his ministry about
    the implementation of labour inspectorate reform. The reform was later the
    subject of a paper on the reform of the labour inspectorate (in French) [2]
    presented to France’s Council of Ministers on 6 November 2013.

    [1] http://travail-emploi.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/instruction_du_ministre_Ministere_fort.pdf
    [2] http://www.gouvernement.fr/gouvernement/la-reforme-du-systeme-d-inspection-du-travail

  • Report
    30 januar 2014

    The aim of this working paper is to provide information about the working conditions and in-service training opportunities of early childhood education and care (ECEC) workers and to describe how these factors are linked to outcomes for children. This paper is part of the research project ‘Assessing childcare services’ being carried out by Eurofound in 2013 and 2014. The project focuses on the two dimensions of early childhood education and care that have been the main focus of policy initiatives at European level: ensuring that services are accessible and that they are of good quality.

  • Report
    28 januar 2014
    This report explores how Europeans perceive the quality of their societies, and of their public services. It looks at such aspects of society as trust in institutions and other people, perceived tensions between social groups, attitudes towards migrants and the effects of the economic crisis on social inclusion and social cohesion. It finds that satisfaction with the economic situation of one’s country, not being in employment and overall life satisfaction appear to boost satisfaction with public services; hardship appears to reduce it.
  • ERM Quarterly
    28 januar 2014

    Recent months have seen an improvement in economic outlook, a calming of the sovereign debt crisis and a stabilisation of unemployment rates. ECB President Mario Draghi was, however, cautious in his assessment of the emergent European recovery in January, calling it ‘modest’, ‘weak’ and ‘fragile’. This fourth issue for 2013 includes: Macroeconomic trends and prospects; Job creation and job loss at a glance (1/10/13 - 31/12/13); Sectoral distribution of job losses/job gains, and top five cases; Support instruments for restructuring in Greece; Cases in focus: RTVV, Spain - Liepajas Metalurgs, Latvia; Retail sector in focus – Amazon's expansion.

  • Article
    27 januar 2014

    On 20 November 2013, the Trades Union Congress (TUC [1]) held a national day
    of action to highlight the issue of blacklisting. Blacklisting is the
    practice of illegally denying construction and other workers employment
    because of their union activities which can include raising health and safety
    concerns on building sites. The practice of blacklisting has been a
    long-standing union grievance, especially since 2009 when a raid on an
    organisation known as the Consulting Association revealed a database
    containing personal information about more than 3,000 trade unionists and
    others, which had been used for blacklisting purposes by 44 construction
    companies (*UK1210019I* [2]).

    [1] http://www.tuc.org.uk/
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations/trades-union-congress-supports-action-on-blacklisting

  • Article
    27 januar 2014

    Elections were held in Germany on 22 September 2013, with Chancellor Angela
    Merkel’s party, the Christian Democrats (CDU [1]), winning by a clear
    margin. The CDU secured 41.5% of the vote, a gain of 7.7 percentage points
    compared to 2009. The Social Democrats (SPD [2]) were in second place with
    25.7%, up 2.7 percentage points on 2009.

    [1] http://www.cdu.de/
    [2] http://www.spd.de/

  • Article
    27 januar 2014

    A recent study in Austria has shown that part-time workers have significantly
    lower hourly wages than full-time workers. The study comes from the Federal
    Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (BMASK [1]). It is
    based on an analysis of the Structure of Earnings Survey 2010 data, which is
    conducted every four years by Statistics Austria [2].

    [1] http://www.bmask.gv.at/
    [2] http://www.statistik.at

  • Article
    27 januar 2014

    In the parliamentary elections of 2013, Norway’s centre-left government was
    replaced by a right-wing coalition of the Conservative Party (Hoyre [1]),
    whose leader Erna Solberg is the new Prime Minister, and the Progress Party
    (FrP [2]). The new government will seek support for their political platform
    from two smaller parties, the Christian Democrats (KrF [3]) and the Liberal
    Party (Venstre [4]). After the election, all four parties agreed the basic
    guiding principles for a new government, although the two larger parties were
    to be the coalition partners.

    [1] http://www.hoyre.no/www/om_hoyre/english_information/
    [2] http://www.frp.no/nor/The-Progress-Party
    [3] http://www.krf.no/ikbViewer/page/krf/politikk/english
    [4] http://www.venstre.no/sentralt/artikkel/981/

Series

  • 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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