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  • Article
    4 August 2003

    In July 2003, a trade union affiliated to the Dutch Christian Trade Union
    Federation (CNV) negotiated extra benefits for its own members in a
    redundancy agreement with the Getronics IT company. A similar deal was
    reached in 2002 by an affiliate of the Dutch Trade Union Federation (FNV) at
    Ballast Nedam, the construction firm. Both CNV and FNV expect more such
    agreements in future.

  • Article
    4 August 2003

    The employers’ organisation for the Dutch agriculture and horticulture
    sector, LTO Nederland, is to make a quarter of its staff redundant, it was
    announced in summer 2003. The factors behind the move include a continuing
    decline in the number of farmers and the fact that fewer of them are joining
    LTO Nederland.

  • Article
    3 August 2003

    A draft bill on further liberalisation of the electrical power market, issued
    by the Greek Ministry of Development in June 2003, has provoked strong
    reactions from the industry's workers, who held protest strikes in June and
    July.

  • Article
    3 August 2003

    In July 2003, a new national collective agreement for Italy's 200,000 postal
    workers was signed by Poste Italiane SpA and sectoral trade unions. The deal
    provides for a 7.5%. pay increase over two years, as well as introducing a
    new job classification system and greater flexibility in working time and
    forms of employment.

  • Article
    3 August 2003

    This article examines the French situation, as of June 2003, with regard to:
    legislation and collective bargaining on the pay and conditions of posted
    workers (ie workers from one EU Member State posted by their employer to work
    in another); the number of such posted workers; and the views of the social
    partners and government on the issue.

  • Article
    3 August 2003

    In May 2003, as part of the demationalisation of Hellenic Petroleum, an
    agreement was signed to merge it with the Greek private sector oil company,
    Petrola. The POEPDHV petrochemical workers' trade union opposes the merger on
    the grounds that it is economically infeasible and furthermore claims that
    the merger procedure ignored commitments to social dialogue. It called a
    strike at Hellenic Petroleum in July.

  • Article
    3 August 2003

    July 2003 saw the launch of the Luxembourg Automobile Parts Industry (ILEA),
    a new industry and employers' federation for the country's automotive parts
    industry. The new body brings together 15 enterprises in this growing sector,
    together employing over 8,000 workers.

  • Article
    3 August 2003

    Romania is currently facing large-scale redundancies as a result of the
    restructuring, reorganisation and privatisation of state-owned enterprises.
    In line with the government’s Emergency Ordinance No. 8/2003 regarding
    incentives for such restructuring, and given that under the new Labour Code
    (introduced adopted by Law No. 53/2003) such workforce reductions are to be
    addressed in a different manner than in the past, a plan has been developed
    to overcome the social tensions and difficulties that might arise from the
    forecast redundancies. A Social Assistance Programme (Program de
    Acompaniament Social, AS) was thus launched on 14 April 2003, envisaging a
    better activation of local development opportunities; 13 of Romania’s
    counties (out of a total of 41) are to be affected.

  • Article
    3 August 2003

    In July 2003, the lower chamber of the Polish parliament passed a law
    regulating temporary agency work (approval by the upper house is to follow).
    Agency work has been growing in Poland in recent years, and its regulation
    has been debated for some time. The new legislation defines temporary agency
    work and lays down rules on its use and on the employment conditions of
    agency workers.

  • Article
    3 August 2003

    According to figures issued by Poland's State Labour Inspection in mid-2003,
    310 new single-establishment collective agreements were registered in 2002,
    covering some 118,000 employees (most Polish collective bargaining occurs at
    single-employer level). The agreements' provisions primarily covered
    remuneration, working time and leave. Terms more favourable to employees than
    the legal minima are becoming less frequent in collective agreements, while
    there is an increasing tendency for the parties to agreements to suspend
    application of all or some of their provisions.

Series

  • 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.

  • European Restructuring Monitor

    The European Restructuring Monitor has reported on the employment impact of large-scale business restructuring since 2002. This series includes its restructuring-related databases (events, support instruments and legislation) as well as case studies and publications.

  • 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).

  • New forms of employment

    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.

Forthcoming publications