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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, 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.


  • Netherlands: Part-time unemployment benefit

    The reduction of working time has played a major role in lessening the impact of lowered production output on employment levels, and this project aims to investigate short-time working and temporary layoff schemes which have been used as a means of avoiding redundancies by many Member States during the recession. Eurofound has conducted an in-depth analysis of schemes available in nine Member States during the recent economic crisis. This is one of the individual country reports describing the Dutch national public support scheme. A comparative analysis of all the individual schemes forms the thematic part of the ERM Report 2010 – Extending flexicurity – The potential of short-time working schemes.
  • The European industrial relations dictionary (info sheet)

    The aim of the dictionary is to provide up-to-date, easily accessible information on the European system of industrial relations, the functioning and structure of supranatural institutions, the legal framework of European Union law and fundamental rights, and transnational economic integration.
  • Extending flexicurity – The potential of short-time working schemes: ERM Report 2010

    In the face of recession, falling demand and the consequent slowing of production, short-time working and temporary layoff schemes have been extended (or introduced) in many Member States. These schemes, often with the aid of public funds, reduce working time, while protecting workers’ incomes and company solvency; frequently, the time spent not working is used for training instead. This report examines the practice of reduced working time across Europe, and looks in detail at how it is implemented in 10 Member States, with a view to determining the contribution that such schemes can make in implementing the common principles of flexicurity, especially in light of the broad-based consensus they enjoy among the social partners.
  • Company initiatives for workers with care responsibilities for disabled children or adults - Working paper

    The overall focus of the study on ‘Company initiatives for workers with care responsibilities’ is on company (employer) initiatives to support the needs of workers who have (informal) care responsibilities, including parents caring for children with disabilities and informal carers of adults who need care because of disability, illness or old age. This report presents an overview of the context and field of practice in this area. It is intended to serve both as a standalone output and as a companion document to help contextualise a series of detailed case studies of company-level initiatives in four countries (Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (UK)).
  • Cause and effect of general strike

    The general strike was called by the ‘most representative’ trade unions, the Trade Union Confederation of Workers’ Commissions (CCOO [1]) and the General Workers’ Confederation (UGT [2]), after parliament passed the Royal Decree Law 10/2010, of 16 June, on urgent measures for the labour market reform (*ES1007011I* [3]). The government announced that the decree would be processed as a project law, coming into force on 9 September, allowing different parliamentary groups to include amendments. However, this did not appease the trade unions, who suspected that the general opposition of the left-wing parties to the reform would force the government to negotiate the formulation of the law with centre-right nationalist parties, namely the Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ-PNV [4]) and the Catalan Political Coalition (CiU [5]). [1] http://www.ccoo.es/csccoo/menu.do [2] http://www.ugt.es/ [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations/government-approves-law-proposing-urgent-labour-market-reform [4] http://www.eaj-pnv.eu/eusk [5] http://www.ciu.cat/
  • Trade unions plan new protest meetings in late November

    On 29 September, in solidarity with European trade unions, the country’s trade unions – the Lithuania Trade Union Confederation (LPSK [1]), the Lithuanian Labour Federation (LDF [2]) and the Lithuanian Trade Union ‘Solidarumas’ (LPS ‘Solidarumas’ [3]), together with the Lithuanian Journalists’ Union (LŽS [4]) and the Lithuanian Association for the Elderly (LPZA (74Kb PDF) [5]) – planned to hold a meeting near the headquarters of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (LRV [6]) in Vilnius. [1] http://www.lpsk.lt/ [2] http://www.ldf.lt/index.php?cid=26 [3] http://www.lps.lt/ [4] http://www.lzs.lt/ [5] http://www.monitoringris.org/documents/ngos_nat/Bociai-LPZA-EN.pdf [6] http://www.lrv.lt
  • Government plans changes to collective bargaining laws

    A new mechanism for the extension of multi-employer collective agreements in Slovakia came into force from 1 January, 2010. The need for the consent of the employer was abolished by the Act No. 564/2009 on collective bargaining (646Kb PDF) [1], which amended Act No. 2/1991. Proposals for the new extension mechanism were made after consultation with International Labour Organisation (ILO [2]) expert Niklas Bruun (*SK0906019I* [3], *SK0708019I* [4], *SK0809019I* [5]). According to the new legislation: [1] http://www.cechova.sk/en/Documents/FLN/AJ/2009/FLN_december_09.pdf [2] http://www.ilo.org [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/further-changes-to-extension-of-collective-agreements [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/legislation-amended-to-extend-collective-agreements [5] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/employers-oppose-new-collective-agreement-extension-rules
  • New legislation to link public procurement to observance of minimum labour standards

    A recent survey (in German) [1] by the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI [2]) of the Hans Böckler Foundation (HBS [3]) shows that 10 out of the 16 German states (/Länder/) could soon have laws, /Tariftreuegesetze/, linking public procurement to the observance of certain collectively agreed minimum standards. As of October 2010, these laws exist in five German states (see table below). Another four states have announced such legislation for 2010 and the new ‘red-green’ coalition government of North Rhine-Westphalia committed itself in its manifesto to developing similar legislation. [1] http://www.boeckler.de/275_107824.html [2] http://www.wsi.de/ [3] http://www.boeckler.de/
  • Extension of inter-professional agreement on harassment and violence at work

    The government order (in French) [1] issued on 23 July extends the national interprofessional agreement (ANI) on harassment and violence at work (in French, 161Kb PDF) [2] signed by the French trade unions in March. The agreement transposes the European framework agreement on harassment and violence at work (4.78Mb PDF) [3]. The objective of the new agreement is to educate employers, workers and their representatives on the problems of harassment and violence at work [4] by defining these issues and proposing measures with which to identify, prevent and manage them. The agreement also includes measures to support affected employees. [1] http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000022630774 [2] http://www.medef.com/fileadmin/www.medef.fr/documents/Harcelement/Accord_harcelement.pdf [3] http://www.tradeunionpress.eu/Agreement%20violence/Framework%20Agreement%20Harassment%20and%20Violence%20at%20Work2.pdf [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/harassment-and-violence-at-work
  • Key elements of fair employment and decent work

    The report, Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health (7.29Mb PDF) [1], issued by the Commission on Social Determinants of Health in 2008, states that: [1] http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2008/9789241563703_eng.pdf

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