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  • Article
    26 June 2003

    January 2003 saw the first genuine strikes organised in Slovakia since it
    became independent in 1993 (SK0211103F [1]). The strikes took place on the
    railways as a consequence of long-term disputes between trade unions and
    management. Railworkers had previously been on the verge of strike action on
    several occasions in recent years. In late 1998 there were calls for a
    strike, while in the following year trade unions set a strike date during
    lengthy negotiations on pay increases. However, the negotiations led to a
    compromise with railways management and the planned strike was cancelled. In
    2001, a two-hour strike was announced by the trade unions but cancelled one
    hour before it was due to start because of a lack of organisational
    preparedness.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/the-regulation-of-collective-disputes

  • Article
    26 June 2003

    In April 2003, a new law on 'social employment' came into force in Poland,
    aimed at providing support and employment to up to the country's large number
    of people faced with social exclusion, such as long-term unemployed people,
    alcoholics and drug addicts, former prisoners, and people with mental
    illnesses. The legislation sets up social integration centres to provide
    assistance and integration programmes, and creates a system of subsidised
    employment to encourage employers to take on people from the target groups.

  • Article
    26 June 2003

    In the 2003 Dutch collective bargaining round, occupational pension issues
    have led to a deadlock in negotiations at a number of major companies,
    notably in financial services and industry. Employers want to reform their
    pension schemes radically, as shrinking capital reserves and increasing
    numbers of claimants have depleted their funds. The Akzo Nobel chemicals
    group even wants to hive off its pension fund, making it independent. The
    trade unions are fiercely opposed to this plan and other more drastic
    austerity measures, but are increasingly prepared to accept a greater use of
    average-salary rather than final-salary schemes and a temporary suspension of
    pensions indexation.

  • Article
    25 June 2003

    The French government is due to propose legislation after the summer 2003
    parliamentary recess reforming the 'minimum integration income' (RMI) benefit
    and assistance scheme for people facing labour market difficulties. Much of
    the responsibility for the scheme is to be decentralised to local level,
    while a new form of employment contract - the 'minimum employment income'
    contract - will be introduced for people who have been receiving RMI for two
    years.

  • Article
    25 June 2003

    The French government was forced to amend its controversial proposals on
    pension reform by wide-scale strike action and demonstrations organised in
    protest on 13 May 2003. Following talks with the social partners, it revised
    the plan - though not the key point of increasing the contribution period
    required for a full pension - on the basis of a deal agreed by two trade
    union confederations, CFDT and CFE-CGC. The talks thus led to a split in the
    united trade union front on the issue, and unions opposed to the planned
    reform have called more protest action. Parliamentary debate on the bill
    began in June and is expected to to be completed in July.

  • Article
    25 June 2003

    Der Bericht vermittelt einen Überblick über die - in Tarifverträgen
    vereinbarte und gesetzlich geregelte - Dauer der Arbeitszeit in der
    Europäischen Union und in Norwegen im Jahr 2002 (und 2001), der auf den
    Beiträgen der nationalen Zentren des Europäischen Observatoriums für die
    Entwicklung der Arbeitsbeziehungen (EIRO) basiert. Zum ersten Mal
    berücksichtigen wir auch Daten von drei der Kandidatenländern, die 2004 in
    die EU aufgenommen werden: Ungarn, Polen und die Slowakei.

  • Article
    25 June 2003

    In June 2003, management and trade unions signed a preliminary agreement on a
    unified collective agreement for two of Spain's nuclear power plants, those
    at Almaraz and Trillo. This may represent the first step towards a sectoral
    agreement for the sector, where bargaining currently occurs at plant level.

  • Article
    25 June 2003

    Nous tentons dans la présente étude de dégager une vue d’ensemble de la
    durée du temps de travail - telle qu’elle est établie par les conventions
    collectives et la législation - dans l’Union européenne et la Norvège en
    2002 (et 2001), basée sur les contributions des centres nationaux de
    l’Observatoire européen des relations industrielles (EIRO). Pour la
    première fois, nous incluons certaines données sur trois des pays candidats
    qui rejoindront l’UE en 2004 - la Hongrie, la Pologne et la Slovaquie.

  • Article
    25 June 2003

    In summer 2003, France's Minister of Health announced that a reform of the
    sickness insurance system is to be presented in the autumn. While an
    increasing deficit posted by the sickness insurance funds has made this
    overhaul necessary, industrial relations tensions in the healthcare sector
    suggest that implementation may be problematic. The details of the reform are
    as yet unknown, but the major thrust appears to be a reduction in compulsory
    sickness insurance cover and the creation of specific measures for
    lower-income people.

  • Article
    25 June 2003

    Die Erweiterung der Europäischen Union, bei der voraussichtlich ab 2004 bis
    zu 12 Länder Mittel- und Osteuropas sowie des Mittelmeerraums der EU
    beitreten werden, rückt immer näher. Vor diesem Hintergrund hat das
    Europäische Observatorium für die Entwicklung der Arbeitsbeziehungen (EIRO)
    die Erfassung der Entwicklungen im Bereich der Arbeitsbeziehungen auf die
    beitrittswilligen Länder ausgeweitet.

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  • National social partners and policymaking

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  • New forms of employment

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  • 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.

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