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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
    27 Јуни 1999

    In mid-June 1999, a report from the National Economic and Social Council
    (NESC) setting out the strategic choices facing Ireland's social partners in
    the first few years of the new millennium was leaked to the Dublin-based
    daily newspaper, the /Irish Independent/. The report, expected to be formally
    published in September 1999, sets out the central issues which the NESC
    believes need to be tackled in any follow-on national programme to replace
    Ireland's current three-year national agreement, Partnership 2000 [1] (P2000)
    (IE9702103F [2]). Pay formation, a central element in any new agreement, is
    highlighted in the draft report, a copy of which has also been seen by EIRO's
    Irish national centre. The various NESC three-year strategy documents which
    have been published since its influential 1986 /Strategy for development/
    report have been key landmarks in the run up to centralised negotiations. The
    NESC is made up of representatives of the various social partner
    organisations.

    [1] http://www.irlgov.ie/taoiseach/publication/p2000/default.htm
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/social-partners-agree-three-year-national-programme

  • Article
    27 Јуни 1999

    On 6 June 1999, in discussions chaired by the Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder,
    the German federal government and the collective bargaining parties in the
    construction industry - the German Building, Agriculture and Environmental
    Union (IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt, IG BAU) and the employers' associations,
    Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie (HDB) and Zentralverband des
    Deutschen Baugewerbes (ZDB) - reached an agreement on the principles of a new
    regulation of the bad-weather allowance (Schlechtwettergeld).

  • Article
    27 Јуни 1999

    A new trade union organisation for Norwegian postal workers may soon become a
    reality, after dual membership ballots, held on 6 May 1999, produced a large
    majority in favour of merging the Norwegian Union of Postal Employees (Den
    norske Postorganisasjon, DNP) and the Norwegian Union of Postal Workers
    (Norsk Postforbund, NPF). Both organisations are member unions of the
    Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisasjonen i Norge, LO).
    DNP has traditionally organised white-collar workers, while NPF has drawn its
    members mainly from blue-collar workers. The new organisation will comprise
    approximately 30,000 employees in the Norwegian postal service, and will
    become operative from 1 July 2000.

  • Article
    27 Јуни 1999

    A new Act, defining the working and employment conditions in Swedish labour
    law which apply when an employer established in another country posts
    employees on a temporary basis to Sweden, was accepted by parliament on 20
    May 1999. It will come into force 16 December 1999, in line with the
    provisions of the EU Directive concerning the posting of workers in the
    framework of the provision of services (96/71/EC) [1]. Under the legislation,
    certain rules in Swedish labour law must be applied to posted workers -
    covering paid holidays, working time, the work environment, protection for
    pregnant women and women with new-born children, rotection for young workers
    under 18 years of age and bans on discrimination. The employer is free to
    provide more favourable terms to the employee than laid down in the Directive
    if it so wishes.

    [1] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31996L0071&model=guichett

  • Article
    27 Јуни 1999

    Worker representatives and the management of Michelin in Spain have used
    collective bargaining to adapt prevailing legislation to their own
    circumstances, by creating a contractual formula half way between the
    full-time and the part-time employment contract. The result, agreed in June
    1998, is a permanent contract that allows full-time workers to be switched to
    part-time work in line with production requirements. The agreement stresses
    the participation of worker representatives in this process. The agreement
    permitted 400 new permanent contracts to be signed by June 1999.

  • Article
    27 Јуни 1999

    In May 1999, France's Ministry for Employment and Solidarity published an
    initial progress report on the 1998 law on the 35-hour working week, aimed at
    fueling discussions on the second law on the issue, which is to be voted on
    by the end of 1999. On 21 June, Martine Aubry, the Minister concerned,
    publicly announced the principal outlines of the proposed second law. She
    plans a one-year transition period between the law being passed and its
    coming into effect, while her comments have triggered a debate on the
    legitimacy of the agreements on working time signed by minority trade unions.

  • Article
    27 Јуни 1999

    Ireland's largest trade union, SIPTU, and the Danish-owned multinational
    cleaning company, ISS, have concluded a formal "partnership" agreement,
    believed to be the first of its kind within the industry, it was reported in
    June 1999. The company has been in business for almost 100 years, starting as
    a small security operation in Denmark, and is currently a major Europe-wide
    company, with important operations in Asia and South America, and has over
    100,000 employees worldwide. When ISS established its European Works Council
    in 1995, it was one of the first such bodies in the services sector to
    include representation from Ireland. ISS is the second-largest contract
    cleaning company in Ireland but it has a very high rate of turnover among its
    2,500 staff, which it is urgently seeking to address. The new agreement,
    which is also aimed at staff retention, is likely to be examined by other
    firms with high staff turnover problems.

  • Article
    27 Јуни 1999

    On 24 May 1999, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) held a major conference to
    promote "partnership" at the workplace and to showcase some of the more
    innovative of recent, union-based partnership agreements. The event was
    attended by some 400 managers, policymakers and trade union representatives.
    Of particular significance was the participation in the conference of the
    Prime Minister, the trade and industry secretary and the director-general of
    the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), all of whom supported the spread
    of partnership arrangements though they stopped short of endorsing every
    specific aspect of the TUC's partnership agenda.

Series

  • European Jobs Monitor

    This series brings together publications and other outputs of the European Jobs Monitor (EJM), which tracks structural change in European labour markets. The EJM analyses shifts in the employment structure in the EU in terms of occupation and sector and gives a qualitative assessment of these shifts using various proxies of job quality – wages, skill-levels, etc.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2016

    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 2016, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003. 

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2015

    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 2015, the sixth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • 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.  

  • European Working Conditions Survey 1996

    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 1996, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2001

    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 2001, which was an extension of the EWCS 2000 to cover the then 12 acceding and candidate countries. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2000

    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 2000, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Company Survey 2004

    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 first edition of the survey carried out in 2004–2005 under the name European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • European Company Survey 2009

    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 2009, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • European Company Survey 2013

    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 2013, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance.

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