29 June 2004
/Since the mid-1990s the railway sector has gone through a period of increasingly rapid change. Much of this is down to a growing demand for transport services, a sustained phase of consolidation due to deregulation and industry reforms, and EU enlargement. This EMCC dossier provides a brief analysis of the trends and drivers of change likely to shape future developments within the sector. It also provides an overview of employment, industrial relations and working conditions in the rail transport sector, highlighting developments in five EU Member States - Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. In addition, a series of links to a variety of relevant information sources complements this dossier./
26 May 2004
Communiqué contains the following articles: Overall dissatisfaction with health services across 28 countries; Moderate pay increases across Europe in 2003; Stable year for industrial relations; Advisor bids farewell to the Foundation; 71st Administrative Board meeting; Living to work – working to live; Promoting EU-level social policy; Major differences in collectively agreed holidays across Europe; Increase in number of web users.
07 May 2004
The first European Working Conditions Observatory seminar (11-12 December 2003, Conseil Central de l'Économie, Brussels) brought together participants and presenters from a variety of different perspectives and allowed the Foundation staff and network correspondents to compare findings from national and European research and to look at some of the practical aspects of implementing workplace policies to combat violence and/or harassment. This document summarises some of the main points to emerge from the two-day discussions.
04 May 2004
In 2002, the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) began to expand the EIRO network to include most of the acceding and candidate countries. Also in 2002, the Foundation launched a new project focusing on social dialogue and EMU, and social dialogue and conflict resolution. The objective of the project was to bring employers, trade unions, governments and researchers together to assess how social dialogue can best be utilised in these two areas. It aimed to assist enlargement countries in adapting to the Maastricht convergence criteria and in refining or reforming the existing mechanisms of extra-judicial conflict resolution, using social dialogue as a tool and drawing on the experiences of existing Member States.
23 April 2004
The European population is ageing. Measures to reduce the burden of work should be able both to help prevent premature wear and tear on employees who are still young, and to make work easier for older workers. The four company case examples have addressed these issues by rethinking work organisation, adapting working time schedules, training and recruiting older employees. The companies operate in different sectors - electrical, financial services, health and steel - in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
22 April 2004
The report (EF0403) includes a collection of advancement indicators of a knowledge-based society for EU countries, enhanced where possible by data from the EU acceding and candidate countries, the US and Japan. It is based on available statistical information. This summary of the report gives a brief description of the current situation and past developments concerning major dimensions of the European knowledge society, such as economic, social and technological development, quality of work and life, etc. It can be used as a starting point in the foresight process.
21 April 2004
/In a seminar organised for members of its Company Network, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions explored policies and practices associated with managing an ageing workforce. The seminar ‘The workplace of the future - managing the challenge of an ageing workforce’ was held in Vienna, Austria, on 4-5 March 2004. Three companies from Austria, France and Germany, representing different sectors (steel, electronics, financial services), and the Finnish Ministry of Labour presented their approach and policies to an audience of 60 participants coming from 12 EU Member States./
20 April 2004
The fourth annual programme of work based on the Foundation's four-year programme 2001-2004: Analysing and anticipating change to support socio-economic progress. Among the aims of the programme are: strengthen collaboration and the sharing of results with the European Commission and other EU Institutions; finalise work started in 2001-2003 and move towards consolidation and dissemination of results; prepare for the implementation of the new four-year programme 2005-2008; strengthen transversal activities in the three core areas of expertise (Living Conditions, Working Conditions, Industrial Relations) and EMCC; reinforce customer orientation; and continue to incorporate the acceding and candidate countries in all main areas of activity.
01 April 2004
Communiqué contains the following articles: Quality of life in an enlarged Europe; Parental leave in the European Union; Comparing quality of life in Estonia with the rest of Europe; Industrial relations in Europe - a snapshot; EWCs lead to better industrial relations at company level; New Chairman of Foundation's Administrative Board.
30 March 2004
Communiqué contains the following articles: Similar perceptions of quality of life across Europe; Higher collective bargaining levels in EU than Japan, USA; Part-time workers still experience adverse working conditions; Spotlight on working conditions in two sectors; Migration levels likely to be low, survey reveals; A road map for conflict resolution; Managing the challenge of an ageing workforce; Working conditions: an international comparison; Europe’s small economies worst hit by industrial restructuring cases; Sharpening Europe’s competitive edge; Full utilisation of 2003 budget.