10 August 2008
This report brings together the analysis of five previous studies on the topic of the life course published by Eurofound. It summarises the overall research findings from the perspective of the individual, the company and the state, and highlights key policy messages. Company cases provide an interesting insight into real life examples of enterprises offering a coherent long-term approach in their human resource management.
25 February 2008
In recent years, the issue of flexicurity – how to maintain a balance between the needs of companies for more flexibility in employment contracts and the needs of workers for flexible working hours and for security of employment – has shifted to centre-stage in the policy arena. This report looks at the impact of the ongoing trend towards greater flexibility in the European labour market. It explores whether the trend has contributed to a better work–life balance for workers and reveals the long-term effects of working in non-standard contracts and working part time on individuals’ careers, incomes and employment security.
27 December 1997
The Dutch economy continued to develop favourably in 1997. The level of economic growth stood at 3.3%, which is higher than the EU average. Although inflation in the Netherlands, at 2.2%, was considerably higher than the EU average, it was fairly stable. The General Government Financial Balance for 1997 was -2.0% of GDP (NLG 14.2 billion - ECU 6.4 billion). Eurostat put public debt at 72.1% of GDP. Unemployment decreased significantly again in 1997, and the number of unemployed persons stood at 336,000 (6.4%) in the last quarter of 1997.
27 September 1997
Although the Dutch Government and the social partners are keen to promote the participation of older employees on the labour market, it is reported that companies currently make disproportionately more older employees redundant. Following the Government's withdrawal of its "Directive concerning Older Employees" in 1994, businesses are not allowed to dismiss disproportionately more older workers on economic grounds. However, the social partners were never in favour of the withdrawal of this Directive. Employers still argue that they require a high-quality workforce which is able to cope with new developments. In the view of individual employees and their representatives, dismissal of older workers, which results in an unemployment benefit and (very often) a redundancy payment, represents an accepted and well deserved form of early retirement.
27 September 1997
In September 1997, Amsterdam's dock workers employed by the Association of Dock Industries organised protests after the Randstad temporary employment agency decided not to become involved in an SHB financial rescue plan when its bankruptcy appeared imminent. Some 150 employees are likely to be made redundant.