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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, r...Read more

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.

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  • Article
    8 travnja 2002

    On 11 February 2002, the board of directors of the Austrian postal service
    (Post AG) presented restructuring plans, aimed at splitting the company into
    five business units: advertising mail ('Infomail'), newspaper delivery,
    letter post, over-the-counter services and express messenger services
    ('Kurier-Express-Paket'). The primary goal is to prepare Post AG for market
    competition (AT0203202F [1]) and attract potential investors. While
    management expects the restructuring plans to improve business results, the
    Union of Postal and Telecommunication Workers (Gewerkschaft der Post- und
    Fernmeldebediensteten, GPF) fears that the plans will create additional costs
    of EUR 250 billion (due to loss of 'synergy') and destroy more than 11,000
    jobs in the long run. Hence, the trade union announced that it would take any
    necessary measures to prevent the 'divestment' of the company.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/industrial-relations-in-posts-and-telecommunications-examined

  • Article
    8 travnja 2002

    The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) staged its third
    international railway workers' day of action [1] on 26 March 2002, under the
    slogan 'Safety first. Not profit'. The first day of action was held on 29
    March 2000 (EU0004239N [2]), while the second was held on 29 March 2001
    (EU0105212N [3]). In Europe, the action, coordinated by the European
    Transport Workers' Federation (ETF), focused on the European Commission's
    recent second EU 'railway package [4]', which was discussed by the EU
    Transport Council of Ministers on 26 March. ETF stated that its main demand
    is for transport safety and social harmonisation to be at the heart of
    European railway policy, particularly in the context of the liberalisation of
    international freight transport within the EU, which is planned for 15 March
    2003. ETF states that European legislation on safety, qualification standards
    and harmonised working conditions is incomplete and will not be fully in
    place until after liberalisation.

    [1] http://www.itf.org.uk/railways/railway_safety/index.htm
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/railway-workers-unions-stage-day-of-protest
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/rail-workers-stage-international-day-of-action-in-support-of-rail-safety
    [4] http://europa.eu.int/comm/transport/rail/newpack/np_en.htm

  • Article
    8 travnja 2002

    The European Commission issued a first-stage consultation document [1] to the
    EU-level social partners in January 2002 on the issue of how to anticipate
    and manage the social effects of corporate restructuring (EU0201235F [2]).
    The Commission would like to see European agreements on this issue at
    cross-industry or sectoral level. By early April, reactions had been
    published by the Union of Industrial and Employer's Confederations of Europe
    (UNICE) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).

    [1] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2002/jan/corporate_restructuring_en.pdf
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/commission-seeks-agreement-on-socially-intelligentrestructuring

  • Article
    8 travnja 2002

    On 12 March 2002, the European Commission adopted a Communication on Adapting
    to change in work and society: a new Community strategy on health and safety
    at work 2002–6 [1]. The Commission states that, while the number of
    occupational accidents fell by just under 10% between 1994 and 1998, the
    absolute figures are still high. It is also concerned about the relatively
    high incidence of occupational accidents in the countries applying to join
    the EU. The novel features of the new four-year strategy are that:

    [1] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2002/mar/new_strategy_en.pdf

  • Article
    8 travnja 2002

    A high-level meeting between representatives of the European Commission and
    the International Labour Organisation (ILO) took place on 14 February 2002 to
    discuss cooperation on social issues. The meeting was based on cooperation
    agreed in an exchange of letters between the two organisations in May 2001.

  • Article
    8 travnja 2002

    In March 2002, the Chemical Workers' Union and the Textile and Garment
    Workers' Union - two blue-collar trade unions affiliated to the Central
    Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) - signed a letter of intent to
    merge. The new union, which will be SAK's third-largest affiliate, should
    begin operations in June 2004.

  • Article
    3 travnja 2002

    On 4 February 2002, the Federal Employment Service [1] (Bundesanstalt für
    Arbeit, BfA) announced that an investigation carried out in five employment
    offices by the Federal Audit Court (Bundesrechnungshof) had revealed that 70%
    of recorded job placements had been recorded incorrectly.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/federal-employment-service

  • CAR
    3 travnja 2002

    The comparative study was compiled on the basis of individual national
    reports submitted by EIRO's national centres. The text of each of these
    national reports is available below in Word format. The reports have not been
    edited or approved by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living
    and Working Conditions. The national reports were drawn up in response to a
    questionnaire [1] and should be read in conjunction with it.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/sites/default/files/ef_files/eiro/2001/11/word/tn0107q.doc

  • CAR
    3 travnja 2002

    The comparative study was compiled on the basis of individual national
    reports submitted by EIRO's national centres. The text of each of these
    national reports is available below in Word format. The reports have not been
    edited or approved by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living
    and Working Conditions. The national reports were drawn up in response to a
    questionnaire [1] and should be read in conjunction with it.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/sites/default/files/ef_files/eiro/2001/11/word/tn0107q.doc

  • Article
    2 travnja 2002

    In broad terms, works councils have become a generally accepted phenomenon in
    the Netherlands, and their role has expanded considerably over the years. At
    the same time, however, mounting problems have arisen, relating to issues
    such as a lack of interest in works councils among employees and the ability
    of individual works council members to perform their duties, which affects
    the performance of the works council as a whole. This raises the question of
    whether works councils are sufficiently capable of fulfilling their function
    as a 'countervailing power'. We review the evidence as of early 2002.

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