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  • 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.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    HK, the largest affiliated trade union of the Danish Confederation of Trade
    Unions (LO), with 357,000 members, has launched a two-month image and
    recruitment campaign. DKK 4 million will be spent on newspaper advertisements
    and bill boards, which will be followed up by local initiatives. The campaign
    will aim to improve recruitment and visibility, initiate debates on
    objectives, and explain the utility value of being a member.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has published more information
    about the activities to be launched as part of its "European Day of Action
    for Employment", to take place all across the EU as well as in some Central
    and Eastern European countries on 28 May 1997.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    The next step in the Renault Vilvoorde saga (BE9703202F [1]) was probably not
    initially foreseen by Renault senior management in Paris. Indeed, although
    the Renault managing director, Louis Schweitzer, has already announced that
    the tribunal decision to annul the closure of the Renault plant in Vilvoorde
    will in no way interfere with the plans to close the plant, it has slightly
    changed the dynamics and the timetable of the course of events.


  • Article
    27 April 1997

    From 1979, the economic policy of successive Conservative Governments was
    based on a fundamental belief in the effectiveness of free markets. In the
    case of the labour market, there was an emphasis on deregulation and the
    importance of flexibility in creating employment and economic growth. The
    Conservatives claimed that the UK's lack of regulation has reduced
    unemployment, while the rest of Europe's higher social costs, greater
    regulation and the adoption of the "social chapter" (the social policy
    Protocol and Agreement attached to the Maastricht Treaty on European Union)
    has caused unemployment and a lack of competitiveness. This prompted the
    "opt-out" from the social chapter and a continuous resistance to other forms
    European Union-level regulation - over working time, for instance.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    "Territorial pacts" (patti territoriali) are an interesting and innovative
    form of social dialogue that could change the Italian experience of "social
    concertation", with important consequences. By developing the idea of these
    pacts, the consultative National Council for Economic Affairs and Labour
    (CNEL [1]), which had not previously played an important role in this field,
    could assume a key position in social dialogue, particularly in the
    preparation of agreements for the economic development of crisis-hit areas in
    Southern Italy.


  • Article
    27 April 1997

    Currently the minimum wage in the tourism sector is ATS 54 net per hour. The
    Hotel, Restaurant, Personal Services Workers (Gewerkschaft Hotel,
    Gastgewerbe, Persönlicher Dienst,HGPD) is seeking an increase of the minimum
    gross monthly full-time wage from ATS 11,440 to ATS 12,000 (payable 14 times
    per year). This is a nominal increase of 4.9%. With current inflation
    projections running at 1.9%, a real pay increase of 3.0% would result. The
    minimum net monthly income would be increased by ATS 378.40 from ATS 9,358 to
    ATS 9,736.40, a nominal increase of 4.0%. On the basis of 173 hours per
    month, the net hourly rate would increase by ATS 2.18 from the current ATS

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    Pay for 15,000 newspaper distributors has been increased by SEK 2.75 per hour
    retrospectively from 1 January 1997 and by SEK 0.45 from 1 August 1997,
    according to the new collective agreement between the Swedish Publishers'
    Association and the Swedish Transport Workers' Union. The agreement runs for
    one year. A novel feature of the agreement is that employees from now on have
    undertaken to distribute periodicals and other items of mail together with
    the newspapers. The employers have thus achieved one of their important

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    On 8 April 1997, Jacques Barrot, the Minister for Employment, gave the press
    a preview of the forthcoming legislation on the reduction of social security
    contributions and the statutory working week. Among the subjects dealt with
    will be a revision of existing legislation on banning women from working at
    night, which Mr Barrot deems necessary.


  • 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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