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  • Article
    27 July 1997

    The agreement between LO and AC comes as a reaction to the need for fewer
    organisational disputes over boundaries and more cooperation with a view to
    improving the service to their members. At a press conference, the LO
    president,Hans Jensen, and the AC president,Søren Vang Rasmussen, pointed
    out that the main objective of the new agreement is to ensure and safeguard
    employees' influence on the development of Danish society. Both recognise the
    growing need to speak with only one voice on a number of issues. One of these
    issues is the need to upgrade and to meet the increasing demand for qualified
    labour in Denmark. In this respect the two confederations will initiate two
    joint projects - one aimed at forecasting developments which are likely to
    characterise the labour market in the near future, and the other considering
    the future need for further education and retraining.

  • Article
    27 July 1997

    The Industry Ministry and the UGT and CC.OO trade unions signed the /Plan for
    the future of coal mining/ in Spain on 15 July 1997. The plan defines the
    volume of aid for the mining sector, as well as production targets and labour
    restructuring, for the period 1998-2005.

  • Article
    27 July 1997

    The collective agreement recently approved in the insurance sector provides
    for a reduction of 10 minutes in the working week in 1997 and a further 20
    minutes in 1998. Henceforth, weekly working hours will be below the 36
    established by law across this sector for many years. The agreement, however,
    lays down two particular types of working pattern, relaxing a rather rigid
    traditional system to adapt it to new commercial policies:

  • Article
    27 July 1997

    In his general policy statement to the National Assembly in June 1997,
    France's new Prime Minister announced the decision to close the Superphoenix
    fast breeder reactor, drawing protests from trade unions.

  • Article
    27 July 1997

    Social partners at national level in the Netherlands have recently
    recommended investment in the quality of the workforce. Alongside the
    reduction of working time, the new spearhead for improving terms and
    conditions of employment focuses on the education of workers. For the
    Industrial Union affiliated to the Dutch Trade Union Federation
    (Industriebond FNV), contracts with employers on investment in employment and
    the education of workers will be a major item on the collective bargaining
    agenda in the future. The potential significance of this is clearly
    illustrated in the agreement concluded in June 1997 at Heineken.

  • Article
    27 July 1997

    Almost 400 members of the Irish Airline Pilots Association (IALPA) in
    Ireland's state-owned airline, Aer Lingus, are to receive a pay award
    averaging 7% after accepting the findings of an independent pay review on 5
    July 1997. The review, which means a restructuring of pilots' pay in the
    airline, was carried out by Phil Flynn, the former general secretary of the
    Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and the current chair of the
    state-owned ICC Bank.

  • Article
    27 July 1997

    In its Communication on /People first - the next steps/, adopted on 23 July
    1997, the European Commission argues that the social dimension of the
    "information society" needs to be strengthened further if the European Union
    is to take full advantage of the job-creation potential and improvements in
    the quality of life potentially offered by new information and communication
    technologies (ICT s). It sets out a strategy for achieving this objective at
    national, European and international level.

  • Article
    27 July 1997

    Members of the finance trade unions BIFU and UNiFI who work at Barclays Bank
    were balloted in July 1997 over whether to take industrial action. The ballot
    took place after a consultative ballot concerning the bank's new pay
    proposals showed overwhelming rejection by staff. Jim Lowe, the BIFU general
    secretary, said that: "Staff are very angry ... If these proposals go through
    as they stand, potentially over 25,000 staff face a wage freeze as well as
    leaving pensions expectations in ruins. We believe this is totally immoral."

  • Article
    27 July 1997

    On 15 July 1997, the collective bargaining parties in the east German
    construction industry, the construction union IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (IG BAU)
    and the two employers' associations, Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie
    (HDB) and Zentralverband des Deutschen Baugewerbes (ZDB), signed an agreement
    which covers 360,000 employees and includes the following:

  • Article
    27 July 1997

    Tripartite negotiations over the reform of Italy's welfare and social
    security system started in earnest in July 1997. Two main points of tension
    have so far arisen - pensions and flexibility in recruitment and redundancy.

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  • 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.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2003

    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

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