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  • Article
    10 June 2003

    In May 2003, elections to Rsu trade union representation bodies were held at
    Fiat's largest plant in Italy, the Mirafioiri site in Turin. Fiom-Cgil won
    the largest share of the vote, while Fim-Cisl came second (and first in the
    plant's important bodywork department).

  • Article
    10 June 2003

    In March 2003, as part of its Global Aging Initiative [1] (GAI), the
    Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS [2])
    released a special report entitled Germany and the challenge of global aging
    [3], which examines the way that the aging population is likely to transform
    Germany’s economy over the next half century. The report asserts that,
    unless Germany implements sweeping reforms, it will face an era of fiscal
    crisis amid widespread labour shortages and slower economic growth - an issue
    which has also been under debate in Germany (DE0304103N [4]).

    [1] http://www.csis.org/gai/
    [2] http://www.csis.org/
    [3] http://www.csis.org/gai/germany_report.pdf
    [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/roman-herzog-institute-launched

  • Article
    10 June 2003

    A large-scale strike which began in early May 2003 more or less paralysed the
    Faroe Islands. Ships bringing goods and food from Denmark were not unloaded
    and supplies in shops began to run out. Petrol stations did not receive
    supplies of petrol and the oil tanks in houses were not refilled. Schools and
    kindergartens were closed down due to lack of cleaning. Furthermore, all
    Faroese fish markets and fish processing companies were hit hard by the
    strike. Overall, about 30% of the working population stopped working due to
    the strike.

  • Article
    10 June 2003

    On 28 May 2003, the largest German business daily, Handelsblatt [1],
    published evidence that appears to suggest that the German federal government
    (Bundesregierung) 'massaged' policy recommendations in the economic survey of
    Germany [2] (DE0302106F [3]) published by the Organisation for Economic
    Cooperation and Development (OECD) in December 2002. The OECD is an
    international organisation with the stated aim of helping governments to
    tackle current economic, social and governance challenges.

    [1] http://www.handelsblatt.com/
    [2] http://www.oecd.org/LongAbstract/0,2546,en_2649_201185_2484051_70366_119696_1_1,00.html
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/government-seeks-an-alliance-for-revival

  • Article
    10 June 2003

    In the first half of 2003, sectoral collective bargaining has been proceeding
    in Belgium within the framework of the intersectoral agreement for 2003-4.
    The agreements concluded by June indicate that the economic slowdown is
    having a major impact on employees' purchasing power, though there have been
    advances in areas such as employment, training, the status of blue-collar
    workers and end-of-career arrangements. Bargaining remains difficult in a
    number of large sectors.

  • Article
    10 June 2003

    In May 2003, Spain's UGT trade union confederation highlighted the unequal
    situation of women and men in employment, and notably a gender pay gap of
    around 30%. Women are also, it is claimed, subject to occupational
    segregation, higher unemployment and less stable employment.

  • Article
    10 June 2003

    At the end of April 2003, the Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket)
    presented its annual statistics for 2002. It highlighted the positive
    development of the figures on fatal accidents at work, which are now much
    lower than previously. During 2002, 45 employees were killed by accidents at
    work (43 of whom were men), compared with 46 in 2001 (41 men, five women). Of
    the fatal accidents in 2002, 13 occurred in the transport sector, 12 in the
    building sector and eight in manufacturing industry. There are about 4.2
    million employees in Sweden. Looking at the cause of the fatal accidents in
    2002, 19 employees were killed in vehicle (cars, trucks etc) accidents, nine
    died in 'fall' accidents (eg falling from scaffolding), nine died after being
    struck by objects, six died in machinery accidents, one was killed in a
    robbery and one by an explosion.

  • Article
    9 June 2003

    After more than 40 years, the 'joint bargaining association'
    (Tarifgemeinschaft) for the public sector, which united public employers at
    federal (national), state (Land) and municipal level, has collapsed. The
    split became public on 20 May 2003 when German newspapers reported that the
    federal minister of the interior, Otto Schily, representing the federal
    government, and the Bavarian minister of finance, Kurt Faltlhauser,
    representing the Employers' Association of German Länder [1]
    (Tarifgemeinschaft deutscher Länder, TdL) had sent a letter to the Municipal
    Employers’ Association (Vereinigung kommunaler Arbeitgeberverbände, VKA).
    In this letter, they announced the termination of the joint bargaining
    association for public services because the municipal employers had recently
    signed a separate collective agreement with the Unified Service Sector Union
    (Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft, ver.di) concerning occupational
    pension schemes.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/employers-association-of-german-lnder

  • CAR
    9 June 2003

    La couverture de la négociation collective et les mécanismes permettant d’étendre les dispositions des conventions collectives au-delà des membres des organisations signataires sont des facteurs qui influencent de façon importante les procédures et les pratiques de fixation des salaires, du temps de travail et des conditions de travail, et de ce fait ont également un impact sur la croissance économique.

  • CAR
    9 June 2003

    Der Geltungsbereich von Tarifverträgen und deren Übertragbarkeit auf andere als die unterzeichnenden Organisationen sind wichtige Faktoren, die sich erheblich auf die Verfahrensweisen und Praktiken auswirken, mit denen die Löhne und Gehälter, die Arbeitszeiten und -bedingungen festgelegt werden. Sie haben somit auch Auswirkungen auf die wirtschaftliche Entwicklung. Diese EIRO-Vergleichsstudie enthält quantitative Daten zu den Tarifbindungsraten und gibt einen Überblick über die rechtlichen Grundlagen für die Übertragungsmechanismen in 20 europäischen Ländern, d. h.

Series

  • 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.

  • 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 2020. 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.

  • 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, conducted in two rounds – in April and in July 2020. This is complemented by the inclusion of research into the ongoing effects of the pandemic in much of Eurofound’s other areas of work.

  • 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. 

  • Sectoral social dialogue

    Eurofound's representativness 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.

  • 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.

  • European Quality of Life Surveys

    The European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2003, with the latest edition in 2016. It examines both the objective circumstances of people's lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. It covers issues around employment, income, education, housing, family, health and work–life balance. It also looks at subjective topics, such as people's levels of happiness and life satisfaction, and perceptions of the quality of society.

Forthcoming publications