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  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    Ireland's newly elected Government, a minority centrist coalition between
    Fianna Fail and the Progressive Democrats (PDs), is firmly committed to
    implementing /Partners/ /hip 2000/, which was agreed between the social
    partners and the former "rainbow" coalition Government in January 1997
    (IE9702103F [1]). The rainbow Government was a left-of-centre administration
    made up of Fine Gael, the Labour Party and the Democratic Left.


  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    A recent dispute and subsequent agreement in May 1997 between Caja Madrid, an
    important savings bank, and the trade unions is an important reference point
    for the current debate on working hours and employment in the Spanish banking

  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    After the failure in late 1996 (BE9702101F [1]) to come to a national
    intersectoral agreement for 1997-8, the Belgian Government gave the
    lower-level negotiators on both sides a clear message: the maximum pay
    increase should be 6.1% spread over two years (1997 and 1998). The
    negotiators have apparently respected the Government's position: the average
    increase in labour costs arising from sectoral collective agreements is
    between 5.6% and 5.7%. The Government also guaranteed an annual subsidy of
    BEF 150,000 to help offset the cost of each newly created job, if two of the
    following employment schemes were part of the negotiated agreement -
    part-time work, part-time early retirement, flexible work schedules,
    collective reduction of working hours, additional training and temporary
    leave or career breaks (loopbaanonderbreking).


  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    Within the framework of European Works Councils, "Community-scale" companies
    are defined as those employing at least 1,000 workers with branches or
    subsidiaries which employ 150 workers or more in at least two European Union
    member states. According to government estimates, approximately 100
    multinational companies which have their headquarters in the Netherlands will
    be subject to the EWC Act. The Netherlands ranks fifth as a home base for
    multinationals covered by the Directive. In addition to the Dutch-based
    multinationals, it is still unknown how many non-member state companies will
    appoint their Dutch operations to be their headquarters in order to meet the
    provisions of the EWC Act, and the Directive's requirements.

  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    In March 1997, the US, British, Canadian, French, Belgian and Dutch Allied
    Forces stationed in Germany employed around 30,000 civilian employees. Due to
    the end of the cold war and the resulting closure of bases and reduction of
    troops by the Allied Forces, civilian employment fell from 105,000 in 1985 to
    75,000 in 1991 to 31,000 in 1996. Civilian employees typically work in jobs
    such as office staff, transport and storage staff, mechanics, security staff,
    firefighters, technicians, electricians, cleaners and caterers.

  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    On 20 June 1997 the management of one of Germany's leading chemical
    companies, Bayer AG, and the company works council [1] (Gesamtbetriebsrat) -
    politically supported by the chemical workers' union, IG
    Chemie-Papier-Keramik- signed a new works agreement [2] to save production
    sites and employment in Germany. The central aim of the agreement is to
    guarantee production at the five German Bayer plants in Leverkusen, Dormagen,
    Uerdingen, Elberfeld and Brunsbüttel.


  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    The new and amended Work Environment Act adopted on 30 May 1997 has
    infuriated theDanish Employers' Confederation (DA). The DA had criticised the
    Minister of Labour,Jytte Andersen during the preparatory process (DK9705111N
    [1]), accusing her of ignoring the views of the social partners and attacking
    the perceived hastiness of the process. It stated that: "Ms Andersen's
    solitary approach will unavoidably create problems for tripartite
    cooperation, which so far has been the modus operandi of the health and
    safety system in Denmark". TheDanish Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) is in
    agreement with the DA, stating that the process has been contrary to past
    practice and characterised by secretiveness. Normally the Minister would
    establish a tripartite committee, which would then propose action.


  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    The multinational industrial diamond manufacturer, De Beers, is planning a
    major restructuring programme at its Shannon plant, which will involve an
    overhaul of its reward and grading systems, as well as some recruitment and a
    number of redeployments and voluntary redundancies. The key changes,
    announced to employees at the end of April 1997, involve the proposed
    introduction of a performance-based pay system and the establishment of a new
    lower entry rate of pay. There would be an element of "red circling" for
    existing employees at the top of their scales, which would remain unchanged
    apart from the application of nationally agreed pay rises.

  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    In June 1997, André Flahaut, the minister for civil service affairs,
    proposed a number of measures which constitute a new statute for about
    100,000 federal civil servants. The cabinet accepted his proposals, which
    will become operational on 1 January 1998. The most important changes are to
    be found in recruitment, appraisal and disciplinary procedures for public
    servants and new measures to increase mobility within the civil service.

  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    In May 1997, the Dutch trade union Industriebond FNV demanded a halt to
    demolition work by a Chinese company on two blast furnaces in the
    Netherlands, in a case which has highlighted concerns about working and
    employment conditions in complex transnational assembly and demolition


  • 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, launched in April 2020, with five rounds completed at different stages during 2020, 2021 and 2022. This is complemented by the inclusion of research into the ongoing effects of the pandemic in much of Eurofound’s other areas of work.

  • Sectoral social dialogue

    Eurofound's representativeness studies are designed to allow the European Commission to identify the ‘management and labour’ whom it must consult under article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). This series consists of studies of the representativeness of employer and worker organisations in various sectors.

  • 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.  

  • European Working Conditions Surveys

    The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) launched in 1990 and is carried out every five years, with the latest edition in 2015. It provides an overview of trends in working conditions and quality of employment for the last 30 years. It covers issues such as employment status, working time duration and organisation, work organisation, learning and training, physical and psychosocial risk factors, health and safety, work–life balance, worker participation, earnings and financial security, work and health, and most recently also the future of work.

  • European Restructuring Monitor

    The European Restructuring Monitor has reported on the employment impact of large-scale business restructuring since 2002. This series includes its restructuring-related databases (events, support instruments and legislation) as well as case studies and publications.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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).

  • 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.

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