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  • Article
    27 June 1999

    In March 1999, the National Skills Institute was set up in Spain, as part of
    the process of fostering social dialogue on vocational training, to provide
    technical support for the tripartite General Vocational Training Council. Its
    purpose is to achieve the goals laid down in the National Vocational Training
    Programme, such as monitoring, developing, accrediting and integrating
    skills.

  • Article
    27 June 1999

    In June 1999, Finland's SAK trade union confederation outlined the trade
    union movement's shared objective of strengthening the principle of the
    general validity of collective agreements - their applicability to all
    employers and employees in a sector, and not just members of the signatory
    organisations - in the next incomes policy round. This can be interpreted
    especially as a signal to the Federation of Finnish Enterprises, which wishes
    to become a negotiating party in the incomes policy talks, despite its
    previous aim of abolishing general validity. SAK's demand is creating some
    tension between left- and right-wing parties within the "rainbow" coalition
    government.

  • Article
    27 June 1999

    A suggestion from the Social Democrats, the largest party in the coalition
    government, on obligatory supplementary training funds has created
    dissatisfaction among employers and trade unions. The Social Democrats'
    proposal [1], issued in June 1999, takes as its point of departure the fact
    that the government has done a great deal to improve education for children
    and young people, and now wishes to make basic reforms in connection with
    adult education and supplementary training courses.

    [1] http://www.socialdemokratiet.dk/main/politik/veu.htm

  • Article
    27 June 1999

    The German tyre producer and automobile supplier Continental AG, which has
    production plants in more than 15 countries and a worldwide workforce of
    about 62,300 employees, is currently the target of a global trade union
    campaign [1] organised by the International Federation of Chemical, Energy,
    Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM), which accuses the company of
    contravening ILO standards and the OECD guidelines for multinational
    companies. ICEM is supporting its affiliate, the United Steelworkers of
    America [2] (USWA) trade union, whose members have been on strike since
    September 1998 at the US subsidiary Continental General Tire's plant in
    Charlotte (North Carolina).

    [1] http://www.icem.org/campaigns/conticamp
    [2] http://www.uswa.org/news/gtindex.htm

  • Article
    27 June 1999

    Figures [1] made public by Statistics Norway in May 1999 indicate that
    286,000 working days were lost in labour disputes during 1998. A total of 36
    disputes were registered in 1998, which involved approximately 27,000
    employees. The figures for both working days lost and the number of disputes
    are relatively high in a Norwegian context (NO9801147N [2]). However, the
    number of working days lost due to industrial action was higher in 1992 and
    in 1996. The figures cover only industrial disputes which lasted for more
    than one working day. Thus, the political strike against the government's
    proposal to cut one day of holiday entitlement was not taken into account in
    the statistics on the number of working days lost (NO9810192N [3]).

    [1] http://www.ssb.no/www-open/ukens_statistikk/utg/9920/5.shtml
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/few-strikes-in-norway-during-1997
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/trade-union-confederations-join-forces-for-the-first-time-in-a-political-strike

  • Article
    27 June 1999

    On 29 April 1998, three butchers employed at Skanek, a major Swedish butchery
    company, were dismissed. Management at the local factory in Kristianstad, in
    the south of Sweden, stated that the reason for the dismissals was the
    unlawful industrial action that had occurred at the factory that morning,
    which led to a two-hour cessation of production. Most of the workers on the
    slaughter line had refused to wear metallic protective aprons, which were
    issued to every worker working on the line. Three butchers were selected for
    dismissal, the employer assuming that they were the leaders of the "wildcat"
    strike. The employer argued that the industrial action must have had
    instigators, and that circumstantial evidence led to the conclusion that the
    three butchers, who were trade union representatives, had taken the
    initiative to strike.

  • Article
    27 June 1999

    Over the summer of 1999, the Spanish Ministry of Labour has criticised the
    pre-retirement schemes of many companies on grounds of their cost to the
    country's social security system. Though many of the companies involved are
    the largest and most profitable ones, they are increasingly using early and
    pre-retirement as part of their labour strategy. The government is therefore
    now seeking ways of toughening the conditions for eligibility.

  • Article
    27 June 1999

    Finland's National Programme for Older Workers, which is being carried out in
    cooperation between various ministries and the social partners, aims to
    disseminate best practice in the management of an ageing workforce. In June
    1999, the programme published a report on the case of ABB Control, a company
    which has implemented a development project, preceded by a phase focusing on
    the health and ability to work of the staff, and development of the
    "workplace community". The parties involved have reportedly been satisfied
    with the progress achieved and the commitment has been strong.

  • Article
    27 June 1999

    At a round-table meeting held on 11 May 1999 at the Ministry for Employment
    and Solidarity, the government and social partners launched a new stage in
    the fight against racial discrimination at the workplace in France. This
    initial meeting concluded with the unanimous endorsement of a joint
    declaration on racial discrimination tabled by the Minister for Employment
    and Solidarity, Martine Aubry. The Minister also proposed amendments to
    legislation, designed to make it easier to bring cases in the courts in the
    event of discrimination. The social partners made a commitment to work
    together to address all types of discrimination, though they unanimously
    rejected the creation of a new independent administrative authority in this
    area.

  • Article
    27 June 1999

    On 1 June 1999, the Mining, Chemicals and Energy Union (Industriegewerkschaft
    Bergbau,Chemie, Energie, IG BCE) and the German Federation of Chemicals
    Employers' Associations (Bundesarbeitgeberverband Chemie, BAVC) signed a
    pilot agreement for the collective bargaining district of Nordrhein. The new
    agreement provides employees with a flat-rate payment of DEM 200 in respect
    of May 1999 and a 3% increase in remuneration from June 1999. Vocational
    trainees will receive no proportional wage increase, but a flat-rate payment
    of DEM 200. The agreement runs for 13 months.

Series

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    Eurofound’s Flagship report series 'Challenges and prospects in the EU' comprise research reports that contain the key results of multiannual research activities and incorporate findings from different related research projects. Flagship reports are the major output of each of Eurofound’s strategic areas of intervention and have as their objective to contribute to current policy debates.

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  • National social partners and policymaking

    This series reports on and updates latest information on the involvement of national social partners in policymaking. The series analyses the involvement of national social partners in the implementation of policy reforms within the framework of social dialogue practices, including their involvement in elaborating the National Reform Programmes (NRPs).

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    This series reports on the new forms of employment emerging across Europe that are driven by societal, economic and technological developments and are different from traditional standard or non-standard employment in a number of ways. This series explores what characterises these new employment forms and what implications they have for working conditions and the labour market.

  • European Company Surveys

    The European Company Survey (ECS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2004–2005, with the latest edition in 2019. The survey is designed to provide information on workplace practices to develop and evaluate socioeconomic policy in the EU. It covers issues around work organisation, working time arrangements and work–life balance, flexibility, workplace innovation, employee involvement, human resource management, social dialogue, and most recently also skills use, skills strategies and digitalisation.

  • 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.

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