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Eurofound publishes its work in a range of publication formats to match audience needs and the nature of the output. These include flagship reports on a particular area of activity, research reports summarising the findings of a research project and policy briefs presenting policy pointers from research projects or facts and figures relevant to policy debates. Also included are blog articles, r...Read more

Eurofound publishes its work in a range of publication formats to match audience needs and the nature of the output. These include flagship reports on a particular area of activity, research reports summarising the findings of a research project and policy briefs presenting policy pointers from research projects or facts and figures relevant to policy debates. Also included are blog articles, regular articles on working life in Europe, presentations, working papers providing background material to ongoing or already concluded research, and reports arising from ad hoc requests by policymakers. Other corporate publications include annual reports, brochures and promotional publications. Web databases and online resources such as data visualisation applications are available in Data and resources.

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  • Article
    2 April 2002

    In February 2002, the National Mediation Office (Medlingsinstitutet)
    presented its first annual report [1], covering 2001. The National Mediation
    Office was established in 2000 (SE9912110F [2]) and its primary function is
    to be responsible for mediation in labour disputes in cases where the social
    partners have not reached their own agreements on bargaining rules and
    mediation (see below). The National Mediation Office's most important goal,
    as formulated by its director-general Anders Lindström in May
    2001(SE0105195F [3]), is to achieve a well-functioning and sustainable
    process of wage formation on the Swedish labour market. Among the National
    Mediation Office's tasks is the publication of an annual report on wage
    developments. The National Mediation Office is also responsible for public
    wage statistics, conducting analyses and promoting research, all in order to
    provide a sound basis for the social partners' wage negotiations.

    [1] http://www.mi.se/pdfs/annualreport2001.pdf
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations/new-national-mediation-office-to-be-established
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations/the-national-mediation-office-seeks-to-improve-wage-formation-process

  • Article
    2 April 2002

    In early 2002, a further restructuring of Hunosa, Spain's largest coal-mining
    company, is under negotiation, within the framework of the 1998-2005 national
    plan for the future of coal mining, against a background of EU plans to cut
    coal production. The restructuring will involve a reduction of some 2,600 in
    Hunosa's 6,200-strong workforce, and trade unions dispute some aspects of the
    proposals.

  • Article
    27 März 2002

    Disputes over general practitioners' consultation fees continued in France in
    March 2002. An agreement on new rates signed in January by the CNAMTS
    sickness insurance funds and one of the two general practitioners'
    associations was rejected by other association, which has continued to
    organise action, such as refusing to work on-call at night or at weekends.
    Furthermore, a minority of doctors are systematically charging fees in excess
    of the going rate. Meanwhile, the authorities are continuing to establish a
    new system of organising the relationship between the sickness insurance
    funds and doctors, and disputes in other parts of the health sector are still
    at serious levels.

  • Article
    27 März 2002

    Economic growth continued quite strongly across most of the EU Member States
    during the first half of 2001, after a robust performance in 2000. However,
    the economies of many countries began to falter towards the middle of the
    year and the nascent downturn was exacerbated by the terrorist attacks on the
    USA of 11 September, throwing many sectors, such as civil aviation, tourism
    and related industries, into crisis. Thus, annual growth figures for the year
    to the third quarter of 2001 show that average GDP growth was 1.4% in both
    the 12 countries of the 'euro-zone' and the 15 Member States, down
    significantly when compared with the figure of 3.4% in the euro-zone and 3.3%
    in the 15 Member States for the year to the third quarter of 2000 - see
    figure 1 below. Growth was highest in the year to the third quarter of 2001
    in Spain (2.8%) and the UK (2.2%), and lowest in Finland (0.0%) and Germany
    (0.4%).

  • Article
    27 März 2002

    Telecommunications and most types of postal service were long organised as a
    state monopoly in Austria. The services covered by this monopoly were
    performed by the Austrian Postal Authorities (Österreichische Post- und
    Telegraphenverwaltung, ÖPTV), which was part of the public service sector.
    The ÖPTV was succeeded in 1996 by Post- und Telekom Austria (PTA), which is
    organised according to private company law. Both organisations cover(ed) both
    posts and telecommunications and the two areas are examined together here -
    indeed the NACE 'statistical classification of economic activities in the
    European Community' lists them both under NACE classification 64 ('post and
    telecommunications').

  • Article
    27 März 2002

    Uil, one of Italy's three main trade union confederations, held its 13th
    national congress in March 2002 in Turin. The congress was dominated by the
    conflict between the unions and the government on the latter's proposals for
    reform of the labour market, the pension system and the tax system. Debate at
    the congress also highlighted the political divisions between the three union
    confederations.

  • Article
    27 März 2002

    On 26 March 2002, the Swedish government announced that it had decided to
    support a proposal from the board of the Swedish-based telecommunications
    company Telia AB for a merger with the Finnish-owned Sonera Oyj. The merger
    will involve a share exchange, with the current Telia shareholders owning 64%
    of the new company and current Sonera shareholders 36%. The merged company
    would be the largest telecommunications operator in the Nordic countries and
    the Baltic states. Currently, the Swedish state owns 70% of Telia, and the
    Finnish state 53% of Sonera. The Swedish state would own 45% of the new
    merged company, and the Finnish state 19%. Telia currently has about 34,000
    employees and Sonera 10,000.

  • Article
    27 März 2002

    In March 2002, a Finnish parliamentary working group on adult education and
    training submitted a proposal for raising education and skill levels. The SAK
    trade union confederation finds the proposal significant from the perspective
    of helping employees cope at work and improving employment opportunities. The
    TT employers' confederation has presented its own programme for raising the
    level of 'know-how' in Finland.

  • Work programme
    27 März 2002

    The second annual programme of work based on the Foundation's four-year programme 2001-2004: analysing and anticipating change to support socio-economic progress. The principles of the programme include developing and consolidating the main areas of activity: research / development, debate / discussion, information / dissemination; and strengthening core areas of expertise - working conditions, living conditions and industrial relations.

Series

  • COVID-19

    Eurofound’s work on COVID-19 examines the far-reaching socioeconomic implications of the pandemic across Europe as they continue to impact living and working conditions. A key element of the research is the e-survey, conducted in two rounds – in April and in July 2020. This is complemented by the inclusion of research into the ongoing effects of the pandemic in much of Eurofound’s other areas of work.

  • Minimum wages in the EU

    This series reports on developments in minimum wage rates across the EU, including how they are set and how they have developed over time in nominal and real terms. The series explores where there are statutory minimum wages or collectively agreed minimum wages in the Member States, as well as minimum wage coverage rates by gender.  

  • Challenges and prospects in the EU

    Eurofound’s Flagship report series 'Challenges and prospects in the EU' comprise research reports that contain the key results of multiannual research activities and incorporate findings from different related research projects. Flagship reports are the major output of each of Eurofound’s strategic areas of intervention and have as their objective to contribute to current policy debates.

  • National social partners and policymaking

    This series reports on and updates latest information on the involvement of national social partners in policymaking. The series analyses the involvement of national social partners in the implementation of policy reforms within the framework of social dialogue practices, including their involvement in elaborating the National Reform Programmes (NRPs).

  • European Company Survey 2019

    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 2019, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

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