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  • 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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Article
    3 August 2003

    In 2002, the Ministry of Labour started a three-year experiment of using
    private 'job hunters' to find work for long-term unemployed people. The
    experiment has been conducted in employment offices in the largest cities.
    The aim is to find jobs for people who have been unemployed for longer than
    six months, or for a shorter period in the case of people with special
    difficulties in finding a job - eg owing to age or disability. The job
    hunters can be private firms, associations or individuals operating as
    entrepreneurs. Agreements to provide such services are reached between the
    employment offices and the job hunters after a competitive tender process, in
    the same way as in any other public procurement. Each employment office can
    reach an agreement with several job hunters, who then conclude contracts with
    the unemployed people concerned, selected from candidates proposed by the
    employment office. The client and the job hunter sign a three-month contract,
    which can be renewed for another three months. The job hunters are paid if
    they find the job seeker a non-subsidised private sector job for at least six
    months. The job can be full time or part time, but the working time must be
    at least 75% of the normal.

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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