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  • Article
    9 januar 2014

    The European Commission says it is determined to continue its efforts to
    streamline its legislation. On 2 October 2013 it issued its Communication
    (COM (2013) 685 (150KB PDF) [1]) on the Regulatory Fitness and Performance
    (REFIT): Results and Next Steps.

    [1] http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/president/news/archives/2013/10/pdf/20131002-refit_en.pdf

  • Article
    8 januar 2014

    Public sector reforms in Greece began long before the country’s first
    bailout package was negotiated with the Troika in the spring of 2010
    (*GR1202019I* [1]). However, the reforms continued as part of Greece’s
    obligations under the terms of the loan negotiated with the European Union
    (EU [2]), the International Monetary Fund (IMF [3]) and the European Central
    Bank (ECB [4]), and a target was set to retire or dismiss 25,000 public
    servants by the end of 2014. As part of this process, 12,500 were to be
    placed in ‘non-active’ or ‘mobility’ status by the end of 2013, and a
    further 12,500 by the end of 2014. It is envisaged that many of these people
    would be re-employed in other positions, but a significant proportion will be
    dismissed.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/radical-reform-of-public-sector-employment
    [2] http://europa.eu/index_en.htm
    [3] http://www.imf.org/external/index.htm
    [4] http://www.ecb.europa.eu/home/html/index.en.html

  • Article
    7 januar 2014

    The first findings of the 2011 UK Workplace Employment Relations Study,
    published in January 2013, present an authentic picture of employee
    representation, collective bargaining and consultation arrangements in
    British workplaces. They also throw an interesting light on the impact of the
    recession on workplaces, and practices relating to employees and employment
    relations. This report, which compares the situation with that of the 2004
    survey, also explores the impact of recent major policy initiatives.

  • Article
    7 januar 2014

    Negotiations to renew the sectoral collective agreement in Spain’s leather
    tanning sector began in January 2012. Almost two years later, agreement had
    still not been reached and negotiations were at a standstill.

  • NC
    7 januar 2014

    Disclaimer: This information is made available as a service to the public but has not been edited by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. The content is the responsibility of the authors.

    The crisis mainly affects young people up to 29 years of age while the measures adopted in the context of Memorandums 1, 2 and 3 abolish acquired rights and benefits of young workers.

  • Article
    6 januar 2014

    Following the financial collapse of Allied Irish Banks (AIB [1]) in 2009, the
    Irish government took control and now owns 99.8% of the bank. In early 2012,
    AIB and the Irish Bank Officials Association (IBOA [2]) entered a mediation
    process at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC [3]).

    [1] http://www.aib.ie/
    [2] http://www.iboa.ie
    [3] http://www.lrc.ie

  • CAR
    6 januar 2014

    Young people in Europe have been particularly affected by the recession: by
    mid-2013, the unemployment rate among people aged 24 and under was over 23%.
    A large proportion of workers in this age group are employed on temporary
    rather than permanent contracts (42% compared to just 10% of workers aged
    25–64). While temporary or fixed-term contracts can be a stepping stone in
    the transition from education into work, they can also trap young people in
    insecure jobs. This report from the European Restructuring Monitor is based
    on data from correspondents in 28 EU Member States and Norway. It examines
    the reasons for the growth in temporary employment contracts across the EU
    and explores the situation regarding access to social protection for young
    people on such contracts. It reviews the measures put in place in various
    countries to regulate the use of these contracts – often with a view to
    encouraging the transition to standard contracts – and finally presents the
    opinions of the social partners on the issue.

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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