Publications

Browse publications

Latest publications

  • Article
    27 July 1997

    Teamwork is one of the "buzzwords" of the 1990s. Debates on the subject
    usually take one of two positions - its effects are advantageous for all
    concerned or it has a wholly detrimental impact upon employees. New
    collaborative research conducted in Britain and North America by
    theIndustrial Relations Research Unit, University of Warwick and by the
    Département des Relations Industrielles, Université Laval, Canada,
    highlights for the first time the complexities of the effects of teamwork.
    Below we summarise the findings of this research.

  • Article
    27 July 1997

    The announcement in June 1997 by the Paperworkers' Union of its intention to
    conclude a separate agreement with the employers in the forestry sector
    (FI9706119N [1]) has undermined the common approach of Finnish trade unions
    towards the negotiation of a new broadly-based incomes policy. The
    Paperworkers' Union is one of the largest unions in Finland and plays a key
    role in the forestry sector. If the union were to withdraw from a new
    agreement between the social partners on a new incomes policy, it could
    undermine the legitimacy of any such agreement.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/paperworkers-union-disassociates-itself-from-national-level-incomes-policy

  • Article
    27 July 1997

    On 26 June 1997 the Northrhine-Westphalia (NRW) district office of Germany's
    IG Metall metalworkers' union for the first time invited its colleagues from
    Dutch and Belgium metalworking unions to join a meeting of the regional
    collective bargaining commission (Tarifkommission). The commission is the
    trade union's decision-making body on collective bargaining strategy, as well
    as on the final adoption of collective agreements.

  • Article
    27 July 1997

    Pensions in the Austrian private sector are financed under a "pay-as-you-go"
    system, with 22.75% of the total wage cost being contributed to the national
    pension insurance schemes. Pensions cost nearly 15% of Austrian GDP, compared
    with between 9% and 12% in most member states of the EU, and close to 20% of
    private sector pension cost is financed from the federal budget. There is
    broad agreement among experts that the Austrian pension system is relatively
    generous. Average pensions, according to the Government, are ATS 11,000 per
    month for former employees, and ATS 32,000 per month for former federal civil
    servants. Local government civil servants are estimated to receive average
    monthly pensions of ATS 24,000. Austrian pensions amount to 80% of the
    average contributions over a person's best 15 years' earnings, if they have
    worked for at least 35 years, in the case of men, or 30 years, in the case of
    women. Where people have worked for under 35 or 30 years, there are
    deductions for every year under this figure. Men have to be at least 60 and
    women at least 55 to qualify for early retirement, except in cases of
    disability, while the normal retirement age is 60 for women and 65 for men.

  • Article
    27 June 1997

    In autumn 1996, following what company management considered the constant
    opposition of some works councils to worker participation, the
    Electrolux-Zanussi group in Italy announced that it intended to terminate all
    company-level agreements on participation from the end of March 1997. At the
    same time, however, the company invited trade unions to negotiate a revision
    of the participation model which had been developed within the group during
    the previous years, in order to strengthen it and confirm joint and full
    support from both unions and management. Consultations among company and
    union representatives started in May, but they have not yet led to an
    agreement. The issue at stake is very important, since the participation
    model at Electrolux-Zanussi is generally considered one of the most advanced
    in Europe and the most significant in Italy.

  • Article
    27 June 1997

    The framework agreement, signed on 15 November 1996, for the 625,000
    employees in the 275 Danish municipalities and 14 counties, is the
    culmination of six years of experiments with new structures for cooperation
    between workers and employers. The agreement is a response to the increasing
    demands imposed on local and regional authorities for quality services,
    budgetary restraints and improvements in efficiency and increased flexibility
    on the part of employees.

  • Article
    27 June 1997

    In his inaugural policy statement to Parliament on 19 June, the new Prime
    Minister, Lionel Jospin, announced a 4% rise in the SMIC national minimum
    wage to take effect on 1 July 1997.

Series

  • 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.

  • 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

    This publication series explores scenarios for the future of manufacturing. The employment implications (number of jobs by sector, occupation, wage profile, and task content) under various possible scenarios are examined. The scenarios focus on various possible developments in global trade and energy policies and technological progress and run to 2030.

Forthcoming publications