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  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    Protests in June 1997 against the termination of ship-refitting work at
    Spain's publicly owned Astander shipyard met with a forceful response from
    the police. The problem arose because the Ministry of Industry imposed a
    unilateral amendment to the Strategic Competitiveness Plan for the naval
    sector. The dispute is still continuing, even though the Ministry has
    modified its position

  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    In his inaugural policy statement to Parliament on 19 June, the new Prime
    Minister, Lionel Jospin, announced a 4% rise in the SMIC national minimum
    wage to take effect on 1 July 1997.

  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    After 18 years in the wilderness, being frozen out of influence in the
    corridors of government by Conservative administrations, trade unions have
    been informed that they will be offered places on working groups being formed
    to advise various government departments. The Trades Union Congress (TUC)
    reports a substantially changed mood in Whitehall and Westminster, after
    years of unions being systematically excluded from representing their

  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    According to a recent study of 1997 provisions by the Institute for Economics
    and Social Science (Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut, WSI),
    most employees in Germany receive a collectively agreed holiday bonus, though
    there are significant sectoral differences in the amount of the bonus. While
    most employees are due 30 days' paid leave per year, the average annual
    holiday bonus for a blue collar worker in a middle-range income group ranges
    between DEM 200 and DEM 2,587.

  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    Since the original introduction of early retirement schemes some 20 years
    ago, the number of employees aged 60-66 taking early retirement has more than
    tripled, from about 40,000 in 1980 to 127,000 in February 1997, equal to more
    than two-thirds of everyone in that age group. In 1976 more than 75% of all
    men remained in the labour force until they were 65; today only 28% stay on
    until they become entitled to a pension at 67. Over the course of the last 20
    years the average age of those taking early retirement has fallen from 63 to
    60. TheMinistry of Finance estimates that there will be 160,000 recipients of
    early retirement benefits by 2005, whereas theDanish Employers' Confederation
    (DA) estimates that this figure will double to some 260,000 people. The wide
    difference of opinion between the government estimates and those of the DA
    accounts for the disagreement as to whether legislation is needed to stem the
    flow of those opting to take early retirement.

  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    During the last few months the attention of Italian industrial relations
    practitioners has been drawn by two new kinds of agreement - "gradual
    alignment" agreements and so-called "discount agreements". They are quite
    different, but both deal in a distinct way with the same problem: wage
    flexibility. A deeper analysis of their origins and scope is important, as
    the issue of wage flexibility is one of the most prominent in the debate on
    the reform of Italian industrial relations, and is put forward with
    increasing emphasis by employers' organisations, also with reference to the
    forthcoming revision of the tripartite agreement of July 1993, which is due
    to start at the end of June 1997.

  • CAR
    27 Juuni 1997

    /Combating racial discrimination and xenophobia is an issue which has become
    increasingly prominent on the European Union agenda in recent years. Since
    the mid-1980s, a rising tide of concern with the problem can be perceived in
    various declarations and resolutions by Community institutions, and notably
    in the inclusion of the issue of racial discrimination in the 1989 "Social
    Charter". The past two years, especially, have seen significant developments,
    many of which are of direct relevance to employment and industrial

  • Article
    27 Juuni 1997

    Entrusted with facilitating partnership between employers, employees and
    unions, a National Centre for Partnership was formally established on 15 July
    1997, meeting a government commitment in Ireland's three-year economic and
    social pact, /Partnership 2000/ (IE9702103F [1]).The Centre's activities will
    be directed towards facilitating trust and partnership between employers,
    employees and unions and, in this regard, it will seek to facilitate
    appropriate agreed local arrangements rather than to prescribe particular
    partnership mechanisms.



  • 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.  

  • 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 three rounds – in April and July 2020 and in March 2021. This is complemented by the inclusion of research into the ongoing effects of the pandemic in much of Eurofound’s other areas of work.

  • 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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