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  • Report
    18 februar 2014

    This report provides an in-depth analysis of the quality of employment conditions and employment relations in the European employed workforce. Employment in the report is viewed as the contractual relationship between an employer and a worker, specifically how the rights and duties embedded into the relationship are translated into real rights. The analysis is mainly based on data from the fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), conducted in 2010. Where appropriate, comparisons with earlier waves of the EWCS are made.

  • Article
    17 februar 2014

    The Danish Crown [1] group specialises in meat and meat products for the
    global market. It is a co-operative meat company owned by Danish farmers. In
    2012–2013 the group had a revenue of DKK 58 billion (€7.7 billion, as of
    12 February 2014) and a net profit of DKK 1.7 billion (€0.23 billion). In
    recent years, market share has been lost to emerging markets like China and
    Russia.

    [1] http://www.danishcrown.com/Danish-Crown.aspx

  • Article
    17 februar 2014

    On 7 January 2014, a new round of collective bargaining started in Denmark in
    the private sector, under the auspices of the Danish Confederation of Danish
    Trade Unions (LO [1]) and the Confederation of Danish Employers (DA [2]). The
    negotiations covers almost 600,000 employees.

    [1] http://www.lo.dk
    [2] http://www.da.dk

  • Article
    13 februar 2014

    A general election was held in Austria in September 2013 at the end of the
    five-year parliamentary term. As in 2008, the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ
    [1]) and the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP [2]) won the largest share
    of the vote, although both parties lost seats. The right-wing Freedom Party
    (FPÖ [3]) came third but increased its share of the vote. After several
    weeks of negotiations, a new ‘grand coalition’ was agreed between the
    SPÖ (with 26.8% of the vote) and ÖVP (24%). The two parties now hold 99 out
    of 183 seats in parliament.

    [1] http://www.spoe.at/
    [2] http://www.oevp.at
    [3] http://www.fpoe.at/

  • Article
    11 februar 2014

    The annual report by the Labour Institute of the Greek General Confederation
    of Labour (INE/GSEE [1]) has made an evaluation of the Greek Government’s
    response to the economic crisis in the country, now in its sixth year.

    [1] http://www.inegsee.gr/

  • Article
    11 februar 2014

    The economic crisis has forced many of Greece’s private sector enterprises
    to close or suspend operations. There have also been employment cuts in the
    public sector. This means that there is a rising youth unemployment problem
    in Greece, as young people are leaving school and university to find there is
    a lack of employment opportunities. Half of those aged 29 or under do not
    have a job, and this age group makes up one in three of all unemployed
    workers. Around half of this group have never had a job, and just over half
    have been out of work for more than a year.

  • Article
    6 februar 2014

    A public opinion survey (in Polish, 291 KB PDF) [1] in Poland has found there
    is concern about wage inequality in the country. The survey was carried out
    by Poland’s Public Opinion Research Centre (CBOS [2]). It was part of
    larger research project, Current problems and events, and carried out between
    1–12 August 2013. It used a representative random sample of 902 adult Poles
    using computer assisted face-to-face interviews (CAPI).

    [1] http://www.cbos.pl/SPISKOM.POL/2013/K_127_13.PDF
    [2] http://www.cbos.pl/

  • Report
    4 februar 2014
    Eurofound has conducted the European Quality of Life Survey EQLS) in 2003, 2007 and 2011. This report compares the results from the three waves to provide evidence of trends and change in the quality of life of Europeans over a decade. It also examines whether differences across EU Member States have narrowed or remained stable. One of its findings is that subjective well-being has remained stable across the EU as whole, but it also finds that financial strain in households has grown in the wake of the economic crisis.
  • 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

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.

Forthcoming publications

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