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  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    Part-time work is an expression of the flexible organisation of working time.
    Although it is often quoted as a "new" form of employment, its practice has a
    long history in Greece. However, its legal framework has been moulded by the
    special provisions of the so-called Law on Development of 1990 (Law
    1892/1990, articles 37-9), which regulated for the first time the rights of
    workers employed on part-time contracts.

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    After 10 days of boycotts and two hours of strike action among the cleaners
    in the LKAB mine in northern Sweden, the Business Services Associations on
    the one hand and the Building Maintenance Workers' Union and the Union of
    Service and Communication on the other, accepted a draft collective agreement
    on wages from the mediators on 16 May 1997. The agreement covers 25,000
    employees in 600 companies. It means that the average monthly salary will be
    raised by SEK 370.

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    Over 1995-7, certain collective agreements in Spain have allowed employers to
    recruit workers at lower wages than workers in the same job grade who are
    already employed by the firm (the "dual pay scale"). Companies' objectives in
    reducing labour costs and workers' objectives in creating employment seem to
    be threatening the principles of solidarity and equality that have
    traditionally been maintained by the unions.

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    The negotiating teams representing the Union of Industrial and Employers'
    Confederations of Europe (UNICE), the European Trade Union Confederation
    (ETUC) and the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and
    of Enterprises of General Economic Interest (CEEP) reached a draft framework
    agreement on part-time work in the evening of 14 May 1997.

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    On 22 May 1997, a new employment alliance for eastern Germany was concluded
    between the German Federal Government, the German Trade Union Federation
    (DGB), the German Salaried Employees' Union (DAG), the Confederation of
    German Employers' Associations (BDA), the Confederation of German Industries
    (BDI), the German Association of Chambers of Commerce (DIHT), the Central
    Association of German Crafts (ZDH) and the Associations of the Credit
    Institutions (Kreditgewerbe). Its primary objectives are to: speed up the
    transformation process of the eastern German economy; boost growth; reduce
    unit labour costs; stabilise employment in 1997 at the level of 1996; and
    create 100,000 new jobs in each of the following years.

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    On 13 January 1997, an agreement was signed on the introduction of new shop
    opening hours. Since 1990 shops have been allowed to open on a 24-hours a day
    basis in the wake of legislation to deregulate shop opening hours (article
    42, Law 1892/1990) in line with the then Conservative Government's policies
    on liberalisation. In late 1996, a number of businesses - members of the
    employers' organisation, SELPE- proceeded to introduce later working hours on
    Saturdays in Athens and its outer suburbs. In parallel, they took joint
    action with other bodies (including the Athens municipal authority and the
    Chamber of Commerce and Industry) to try to introduce Sunday shop opening. In
    response, the unions announced that they would fight this initiative and that
    they would demand amendments to Law 1892/1990.

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    The Spanish chemicals sector agreement signed in April 1997 takes into
    account the national agreement on labour market reform recently concluded by
    unions and employers, with respect to types of employment contract and
    temporary employment agencies

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    Luxembourg's Economic and Social Council has recently responded to a
    government request for its opinion, with a view to reforming the Law of 12
    June 1965 relating to collective agreements and of the Grand-Ducal Order of 6
    October 1945 dealing with the National Conciliation Office (Office National
    de Conciliation).

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    Strikes in the Port of Rotterdam in the early months of 1997 demonstrate once
    again its distinctive position in the Dutch system of industrial relations.
    The ongoing process of reorganisation in the mixed-cargo sector, which has a
    long tradition of trade unionism, is responsible for regular labour disputes
    in the form of court action and both organised and wildcat strikes .


  • 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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