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  • Article
    27 June 1997

    The renewal of the Spanish system of occupational classification is marked by
    the change from the old system of "Labour Ordinances", which were established
    by law, to a new classification system based on occupational groupings, which
    is the result of collective bargaining. This process has been accelerated by
    the labour reforms of the 1990s: the 1994 reform established a deadline for
    the replacement of the Ordinances, and the 1997 reform established an
    agreement on occupational classification for those sectors in which one had
    not yet been established.

  • Article
    27 June 1997

    The Unemployment Insurance Act (Arbeitslosenversicherungsgesetz, AlVG) makes
    benefit entitlements, but not contributions, dependent on nationality. On 16
    September 1996 the European Court of Human Rights found this inequality to be
    in violation of human rights, creating the need to amend the law, and on 11
    June 1997 Parliament passed the requisite act.

  • Article
    27 June 1997

    A traditional characteristic of Sweden's trade union movement has been that,
    with rare exceptions, the unions do not compete with each other for members.
    It is true that there is a revolutionary syndicalist union that organises all
    categories of workers, but it is no real competitor to the others. So if a
    worker wants to join a union, it has often been more or less self-evident
    which organisation he or she should belong to. For example a blue-collar
    worker in the paper industry would apply for membership of thePaper Workers'
    Union, a non-graduate white-collar worker in the same enterprise would join
    the Union for Clerical and Technical Employees in Industry (SIF) while the
    company's graduate engineers would belong to the Association of Graduate
    Engineers (CF). The employer is thus bound by different collective agreements
    for different categories of employees.

  • Article
    27 June 1997

    The European framework agreement on part-time work was formally signed on 6
    June 1997 (EU9706131F [1]) by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC),
    the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE) and
    the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of
    Enterprises of General Economic Interest (CEEP). The stated purpose of the
    agreement is to remove discrimination against part time workers, improve the
    quality of part-time jobs and facilitate part-time work on a voluntary basis.
    The European Commission will propose a Directive implementing the agreement
    to the Council of Ministers later this year.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/social-partners-reach-framework-agreement-on-part-time-work

  • Article
    27 June 1997

    On 6 June 1997, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the Union of
    Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE) and the European
    Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of Enterprises of General
    Economic Interest (CEEP) formally signed a European framework agreement on
    part-time work, in the presence of social affairs Commissioner Padraig Flynn,
    Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok and Dutch Social Affairs Minister Ad Melkert.
    The agreement seeks to establish a general framework for the elimination of
    discrimination against part-time workers, and hopes to contribute towards the
    development of opportunities for part-time working on a basis which is
    acceptable to employers and workers alike. The agreement is the result of
    nine months of intense negotiation, during which success did not always
    appear likely.

  • Article
    27 June 1997

    On 3 June 1997, after three months of negotiations, the chemical workers'
    union, IG Chemie, and the sectoral employers' association,
    Bundesarbeitgeberverband Chemie (BAVC), agreed on the introduction of a new
    "opening clause" in the national pay framework agreement
    (Bundesentgelttarifvertrag) which covers about 590,000 workers in the west
    German chemicals industry. The opening clause provides for the introduction
    of a "wage corridor" which, under certain circumstances, allows companies to
    reduce the collectively agreed wage by up to 10% for a limited period of
    time.

  • Article
    27 June 1997

    The new industry-wide agreement for the Italian construction sector, signed
    in June 1997, includes provisions on pay, local bargaining, occupational
    pensions and combating undeclared work.

Series

  • European Restructuring Monitor

    The European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) has reported on the employment impact of large-scale business restructuring since 2002. This publication series include the ERM reports, as well as blogs, articles and working papers on restructuring-related events in the EU27 and Norway.

  • European Working Conditions Telephone Survey 2021

    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 European Working Conditions Telephone Survey (EWCTS) 2021, an extraordinary edition conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • Developments in working life, industrial relations and working conditions in the EU

    This publication series gathers all overview reports on developments in working life, annual reviews in industrial relations and working conditions produced by Eurofound on the basis of national contributions from the Network of Eurofound Correspondents (NEC). Since 1997, these reports have provided overviews of the latest developments in industrial relations and working conditions across the EU and Norway. The series may include recent ad hoc articles written by members of the NEC.

  • COVID-19

    Eurofound’s work on COVID-19 examines the far-reaching socioeconomic implications of the pandemic across Europe as they continue to impact living and working conditions. A key element of the research is the e-survey, launched in April 2020, with five rounds completed at different stages during 2020, 2021 and 2022. This is complemented by the inclusion of research into the ongoing effects of the pandemic in much of Eurofound’s other areas of work.

  • Sectoral social dialogue

    Eurofound's representativeness studies are designed to allow the European Commission to identify the ‘management and labour’ whom it must consult under article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). This series consists of studies of the representativeness of employer and worker organisations in various sectors.

  • Minimum wages in the EU

    This series reports on developments in minimum wage rates across the EU, including how they are set and how they have developed over time in nominal and real terms. The series explores where there are statutory minimum wages or collectively agreed minimum wages in the Member States, as well as minimum wage coverage rates by gender.  

  • European Working Conditions Surveys

    The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) launched in 1990 and is carried out every five years, with the latest edition in 2015. It provides an overview of trends in working conditions and quality of employment for the last 30 years. It covers issues such as employment status, working time duration and organisation, work organisation, learning and training, physical and psychosocial risk factors, health and safety, work–life balance, worker participation, earnings and financial security, work and health, and most recently also the future of work.

  • Challenges and prospects in the EU

    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.

  • European Company Survey 2019

    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 2019, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • 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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