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  • Article
    27 April 1997

    April 1997 was a very good month for securing the future of British car
    plants. The Ford Halewood plant on Merseyside and the Peugeot Ryton plant in
    Coventry have both secured the production of new vehicles into the next
    century. The future of Rover's Longbridge plant is in the balance while an
    announcement is delayed over whether a new model /Mini/ will be produced.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    It emerged in April 1997 that the former president of the Irish Congress of
    Trade Unions (ICTU), Phil Flynn, is expected to play a key role in the new
    "partnership-based" industrial relations structure currently being drawn up
    between management and unions at Ireland's state-owned airline, Aer Lingus.
    Over 4,000 workers are employed by the airline and a further 1,600 by its
    maintenance subsidiary, TEAM.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    In March 1997, Guardian Europe SA, signed its first-ever collective agreement
    for blue-collar workers. The deal provides for pay increases, while its
    provisions on other terms and conditions largely mirror statutory provisions.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    On 8 April, AKZO-Nobel and the unions reached agreement on both working time
    reductions and pay increases. The dispute, which had served to divide
    AKZO-Nobel and the industrial unions since 13 March (NL9703108N [1]), was
    resolved to everyone's satisfaction.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/akzo-nobel-abandons-a-standard-36-hour-week

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    Padraig Flynn, the commissioner responsible for employment, industrial
    relations and social affairs, announced on 3 April 1997 that the Commission
    is to take infringement proceedings against three member states for their
    failure to apply certain Community legislation in the social field. Reasoned
    opinions outlining the Commission's view are to be sent to France, Italy and
    Greece. The details of the cases are as follows:

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    In April 1997, the Confindustria employers' confederation organised a
    "virtual demonstration "of around 14,000 employers against a government
    exercise to raise public revenue and reduce spending by a total of ITL 15,500
    billion, deemed necessary to keep Italy's 1997 budget within the parameters
    set by the Maastricht Treaty on European Union.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    The Standing Committee for Social Dialogue (the Economic and Social Council's
    tripartite committee) has approved new rules relating to family credits in
    Portugal.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    An arbitration award delivered on 11 April 1997 has decided that blue-collar
    employees who are members of trade unions affiliated to the largest union
    confederation, the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) will face a
    reduction in sick pay entitlement.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    The law on social welfare, adopted in November 1995, included provisions on a
    range of matters, such as: the submission of the social security budget to
    parliamentary vote; the setting up of a new tax known as "social security
    deficit clearance" (Remboursement de la dette sociale); the abolition of
    pension funds relating to specific sectors, which sparked off the rail strike
    in November and December 1995 and was finally withdrawn; and the setting up
    of personal health record books. One of the provisions related to the
    reduction of health expenditure and a reorganisation of the healthcare
    system. Two types of redistribution in particular were provided for:

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    The German chemical industry enjoys a long tradition of successful
    consensus-based industrial relations. In spring 1996, the bargaining partners
    concluded a "solidarity pact" in the form of a package of regional and
    national collective agreements. The agreements ran for 12 months and covered
    590,000 employees in western Germany. The aim of the deal was to meet the
    challenges of globalisation and structural change, as well as to extend the
    competences of the social partners at enterprise and company level. The
    implementation of the two most important elements of the solidarity pact -
    the employment alliance and the collective agreement on part-time work for
    older workers - has recently been reviewed.

Series

  • 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.

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