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  • Article
    27 May 1997

    The findings of a Eurostat study entitled /Statistics in focus: income
    distribution and poverty in the EU 12 - 1993/, published on 14 May 1997, show
    that one out of six citizens and households in the 12 pre-1995 EU member
    states live below the "poverty threshold". In more than half of these
    countries, the figure was even higher - one in five. Even more alarmingly,
    over one-third of poor households were working. These findings are drawn from
    the first wave of statistics generated from the European Community Household
    Panel (ECHP). The ECHP consists of a sample of 60,500 households selected
    randomly in the 12 member states, using a harmonised questionnaire. This data
    does not allow for a comparison of social change over time, but does provide
    important information on the magnitude and dimensions of poverty and income
    disparity in the European Union in the early 1990s. The figures show that
    there are approximately 57 million socially excluded individuals in EU, a
    problem affecting both more and less affluent member states.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), the largest employee
    confederation in Norway, held its four-yearly congress on 10-16 May 1997. The
    most important issues were the question of continuing with the "Solidarity
    Alternative", and the adoption of the Action Programme for the period
    1997-2001. A discussion also took place between LO unions regarding the
    confederation's policy towards the privatisation of public activities
    (services), while the vice-presidency election received considerable
    attention.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    Presenting its 1996 results on 6 May 1997, Deutz AG, the German machinery and
    tractor maker which almost collapsed last year, also publicised information
    on the employees' contribution to its 1996 rescue package. The group is
    undergoing a radical restructuring after a crisis last year, caused by big
    losses on cement plants in Saudi Arabia. The deal was struck in May/June 1996
    between management and the group works council [1] and included the
    following:

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/group-works-council-0

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    Recent months have seen an intensifying and unresolved dispute over pensions
    at Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), including 14 days of strike
    activity starting on 21 February 1997. This is the first time in four years
    that all the unions represented on the TMB workers' committee have acted
    jointly to claim what they understand as a right laid down in previous
    agreements.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    At a time when public opinion seems to be losing interest in the campaign for
    the May/June 1997 parliamentary elections (if opinion polls published in the
    middle of May are to be believed, less than half the electorate said they
    were interested in the debates and manifestoes) the trade unions and
    employers' associations, while not telling their members which way to vote,
    are voicing their main demands and preparing the forthcoming social agenda.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    The high-level expert group on worker involvement was established in 1996
    with the aim of developing solutions to break the 25-year deadlock on
    European Commission proposals containing clauses on worker involvement, and
    in particular, the European Company Statute (ECS). The Commission has
    repeatedly stressed the importance of such a statute, enabling the
    incorporation of companies at EU level, in order to improve the
    competitiveness of European companies. Such proposals have long remained
    blocked in the Council of Ministers, largely because of concerns from
    countries with advanced employee participation systems which fear that the
    ECS could be used by companies to circumvent national legislation in this
    area. Similarly, a solution would have to avoid imposing foreign models of
    employee representation upon member states where there is currently no
    provision for the appointment of worker representatives to the boards of
    companies.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    New wage agreements were reached on 25 May 1997 covering the Norwegian state
    sector, the municipal sector and the municipality of Oslo. The new agreements
    include a voluntary early retirement scheme for the age-group from 62-63
    years and moderate wage increases. The wage settlement for the public sector
    is therefore in line with the settlement in the private sector with regard to
    total wage growth.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    On 7 May 1997 the Labour Court gave its judgment in a case that has attracted
    much attention. It concerned three ambulance drivers, two men and one woman,
    who had been dismissed on the grounds of disloyalty to their employer, a
    private company that runs the ambulance service in parts of southern
    Stockholm on contract.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    During the fourth bargaining round for its 90,000 employees, the German car
    producer Volkswagen AG announced the creation of several hundred new jobs.
    According to an agreement between management and the IG Metall trade union,
    the newly hired employees will be employed exclusively on a temporary basis
    and will de facto be remunerated below the level of the company agreements.
    Although being hired on the terms of the current company agreements, the
    newly hired employees will not be eligible for the compensatory extra pay
    component which was agreed when Volkswagen established the four-day working
    week in 1994, and thus they will be paid 10% less than core employees.
    According to the agreement, details will be fixed by the social partners at
    establishment level. During the negotiations, the IG Metall rejected
    Volkswagen's plans to pay the newly hired employees according to the
    branch-level metalworking agreement. The compensation of the new temporary
    staff will still be around 10% higher than the pay other employees receive on
    the basis of the current branch-level metalworking agreement.

Series

  • European Quality of Life Surveys

    The European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2003, with the latest edition in 2016. It examines both the objective circumstances of people's lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. It covers issues around employment, income, education, housing, family, health and work–life balance. It also looks at subjective topics, such as people's levels of happiness and life satisfaction, and perceptions of the quality of society.

  • 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.

  • 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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