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  • Article
    27 Feabhra 1997

    At a special Social Dialogue Committee meeting held on 29 November 1996, the
    European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the Union of Industrial and
    Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE), and the European Centre of
    Enterprises with Public Participation (CEEP) adopted a joint contribution to
    the /Confidence Pact for Action on Employment in Europe,/ in preparation for
    the Dublin European Council summit held in December. In their statement, the
    social partners express their deepest concern at the high level of
    unemployment which continues to prevail across the EU, and criticise what
    they perceive as a lack of coordination and implementation of a Europe-wide
    strategy to combat the problem effectively. They pronounce themselves in
    favour of Commission President Santer's proposal for a Confidence Pact, and
    see their declaration as "a committed response to his proposals on the themes
    of youth unemployment, lifelong learning, and better use of Structural Funds
    for job creation, in a macroeconomic environment conducive to growth and
    employment".

  • Article
    27 Feabhra 1997

    On 19 February, Arbio, the employers' association for the forestry industry,
    sued the Swedish Paper Workers' Union before the Labour Court. Formally, the
    parties are arguing over a sum of less than SEK 50, though in practice the
    case concerns an unlimited amount of money. This is a test case, and the
    question that the Court has to address is: how is the collective agreement on
    sick pay for employees in the paper industry to be interpreted?

  • Article
    27 Feabhra 1997

    The second part of the two-year National General Collective Agreement 1996-7
    (EGSSE) came into force at the beginning of 1997. The principal purpose of
    the EGSSE is to set minimum pay levels, which have a two-fold significance:
    providing a framework for the social protection of unskilled workers and
    acting as a guideline for negotiations at more specific levels - enterprise,
    industry-wide or occupational. Whatever is agreed at the level of the EGSEE
    covers, without exception, the whole of the private sector, as well as the
    broader public sector (public administration is excluded). The wages of
    public servants have until now been determined by the Government, but this
    will have to change following Greece's ratification of International Labour
    Organisation Conventions Nos. 151 and 154, which consolidate the right of
    public servants to collective bargaining.

  • Article
    27 Feabhra 1997

    Judging from a recent exchange of letters between a Dutch trade unions and
    the Department of Justice, it would appear that cross-border cooperation
    between unions, let alone their international merger, is beset with legal
    difficulties.

  • Article
    27 Feabhra 1997

    Nurses had threatened industrial action on 10 February 1997 in pursuit of a
    claim for a major overhaul in their pay structures and an improved early
    retirement scheme. However, the action was called off when the nurses
    accepted an IEP 85 million formula drawn up by the Labour Court, which
    includes the creation of a commission which will examine a range of issues
    related to the nursing profession. Four trade unions representing over 26,000
    nurses were involved in the dispute, the largest being the 16,000-strong
    Irish Nurses Organisation (INO).

  • Article
    27 Feabhra 1997

    It is expected that the fate of the Forges de Clabecq steelworks will be
    sealed on 15 June 1997. However, whatever the outcome of the recovery
    operation by the Swiss-Italian industrial concern, Duferco, something will
    have changed in this Belgian enterprise located some 15 miles from Brussels
    in the province of Brabant. Beyond the event in itself - the closure of a
    firm leading to the loss of 1,800 jobs - which has not itself been
    exceptional over the last few months in Belgium, it is the style of activity
    undertaken by the Forges de Clabecq union delegation [1] that has revealed a
    new union climate.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/union-delegation

  • Article
    27 Feabhra 1997

    The Italian Government and social partners are currently implementing their
    tripartite "Pact for Employment" (Patto per il Lavoro), which is intended to
    promote employment and foster economic development in Italy through the
    introduction of a wide and complex set of policies. The agreement, signed on
    24 September 1996, is of the utmost political importance as it falls within
    within the framework of the renened social concertation strategy that has
    been pursued over the 1990s. The Pact earmarks a total amount of about ITL
    15,000 billion for its implementation over the 1997-1999 period.

  • Article
    27 Feabhra 1997

    On 21 January 1997, the two French electricity and gas public utility
    companies signed an agreement with three trade unions ( the CFDT, the CFTC
    and the CFE-CGC). This agreement is designed to improve their competitiveness
    and productivity while at the same time maintaining their workforce at
    current levels. This is to be achieved mainly through the introduction of
    part-time working. Both the CGT and the CGT-FO unions are strongly critical
    of this agreement.

  • Article
    27 Feabhra 1997

    The Trades Union Congress (TUC) launched its campaign to put workers' rights
    at the centre of the general election on 14 February 1997. The campaign,
    which will cost GBP 1 million, includes newspaper and cinema ads, billboards
    and leaflets.

  • Article
    27 Feabhra 1997

    1997's collective bargaining in the private sector is concentrating on three
    main issues: 100% wage compensation during maternity leave; further
    negotiations over the pension scheme initiated in 1991; and a limited wage
    increase to allow for inflation. The social partners in the different
    bargaining areas are largely in agreement on the content of the new
    collective agreements, but the central social partner organisations - the
    Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) and the Danish Employers'
    Confederation (DA) - still cannot agree whether the new collective agreements
    should be of two or three years' duration.

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    Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2003, the first edition of the survey.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2007

    Eurofound's European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2007, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2012

    Eurofound's European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2012, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003. 

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2005

    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 2005, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2010

    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 2010, the fifth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • Manufacturing employment outlook

    This publication series explores scenarios for the future of manufacturing. The employment implications (number of jobs by sector, occupation, wage profile, and task content) under various possible scenarios are examined. The scenarios focus on various possible developments in global trade and energy policies and technological progress and run to 2030.

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