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  • Article
    21 July 2003

    This article examines the Luxembourg 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
    20 July 2003

    In mid-June 2003, negotiations between the European-level intersectoral
    social partner organisations - the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC),
    the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe
    (UNICE)/European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
    (UEAPME) and the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and
    of Enterprises of General Economic Interest (CEEP) - resulted in agreement on
    a joint statement on managing change and its social consequences. The
    statement identifies a range of factors that can contribute to preventing or
    limiting the negative social impact of restructuring, including 'good social
    dialogue'.

  • Article
    20 July 2003

    On 8 July 2003, the UK's Labour Party government published its latest white
    paper on skills. The white paper, entitled 21st century skills: realising our
    potential [1], sets out an England-wide strategy for improving the skills and
    productivity of the workforce. As such, it aims to tackle what it calls 'deep
    and pervasive problems' that have resulted in the UK suffering from a
    significant productivity and skills deficit relative to its major
    competitors. Output per hour worked is at least 25% higher in Germany and the
    USA, and over 30% higher in France, than in the UK. Only 28% of the UK
    workforce have an intermediate-level qualification, compared with 51% in
    France and 65% in Germany. It is also estimated that there are over 7 million
    adult workers, or around 30% of the UK workforce, without a level 2
    qualification or above - ie five 'good' GCSEs (exams taken at the end of
    compulsory secondary education) at grades A*-C or a National Vocational
    Qualification (NVQ) level 2.

    [1] http://www.dfes.gov.uk/skillsstrategy/docs/fulldoc.pdf

  • Article
    20 July 2003

    On 7 July 2003, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) published a
    consultation document [1] setting out how the UK government proposes to
    implement the EU information and consultation Directive (2002/14/EC) [2]
    (EU0204207F [3]), and inviting comments on draft Regulations. The approach
    taken by the draft Regulations is based on a framework established in
    discussions between ministers and representatives of the Confederation of
    British Industry (CBI) and the Trades Union Congress (TUC), who agreed an
    'outline scheme' for the implementing legislation which is incorporated in
    the consultation document. The draft Regulations also take account of
    responses to the DTI discussion paper published in July 2002 (UK0208101N
    [4]), and views expressed at a series of round-table discussions held around
    the country. The government is now consulting on the detail of draft
    Regulations, their practical operation, and the sort of guidance that
    employers and employees will need in applying the new legislation. The
    government has set a four-month consultation period (ie until 7 November
    2003) during which interested parties may submit comments and a second set of
    round-table discussions will be held.

    [1] http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/consultation/i_c_consdoc.pdf
    [2] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32002L0014&model=guichett
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/final-approval-given-to-consultation-directive
    [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/government-issues-discussion-paper-on-employee-involvement

  • Article
    20 July 2003

    On 29 May 2003, the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) held a human
    resource management conference [1] in Dublin, which looked at examples of how
    Ireland’s public sector organisations are responding to the challenges
    posed by the current modernisation and 'change management' agenda, as
    described in the sections on delivering high-quality public services
    contained in the country's new national agreement, Sustaining progress [2]
    (IE0304201N [3]). Public sector employers and are facing negotiations on this
    modernisation agenda, and progress is expected as a 'quid quo pro' for the
    recent pay increases received by public sector workers under a 'benchmarking'
    exercise (IE0207203N [4]), which compared the pay of public servants with
    that in the private sector.

    [1] http://www.ipa.ie/downloads/HRConferenceBrochure.pdf
    [2] http://www.ictu.ie/html/publications/other/Sustaining Progress.pdf
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-partners-ratify-new-national-agreement
    [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/benchmarking-body-recommends-public-sector-pay-awards

  • Newsletter
    14 July 2003

    Communiqué is the newsletter of the Foundation It is published 6 times per year and provides up-to-date news and information on the Foundation's work and research. This issue contains the following articles: Better quality jobs will boost EU competitiveness; Social dialogue a vital tool for acceding countries in preparation for EMU; Industrial restructuring for economic and social growth; Understanding the knowledge society; Improving labour protection for economically dependent workers; Changes to the European industrial relations landscape.

  • 11 July 2003

    The Foundation offers a wide variety of online information sources on the subject of industrial restructuring. This leaflet outlines different facets of restructuring and provides links to a large body of relevant Foundation work on this important subject. Industrial restructuring is a striking feature of the economic landscape in Europe today. Whatever the approach, restructuring represents an attempt at managing and anticipating change, simultaneously tackling issues of economic, social and environmental significance.

  • Article
    9 July 2003

    In May 2003, a /methods agreement/ was signed between trade unions and
    management at GIAT Industries, the French arms manufacturer. The agreement
    sets out a procedure and timetable for consultations over a major
    restructuring plan involving large-scale job losses which the company
    announced in April. In line with this procedure, a draft 'company contract',
    outlining the state's commitments and GIAT's plans for the 2003-8 period, was
    presented in June and criticised by the unions.

  • Article
    9 July 2003

    A reform of France's /UNEDIC/ unemployment insurance scheme agreed by
    employers' organisations and three trade union confederations in December
    2002 will substantially restrict unemployment benefit entitlements when new
    eligibility rules come into force on 1 January 2004. In mid-2003, UNEDIC
    issued figures indicating that cuts in entitlement will affect between
    610,000 and 860,000 people currently in receipt of benefit. These figures
    have fuelled new criticism from the union confederations (CGT and CGT-FO),
    which did not sign the reform agreement.

Series

  • 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.

  • European Jobs Monitor

    This series brings together publications and other outputs of the European Jobs Monitor (EJM), which tracks structural change in European labour markets. The EJM analyses shifts in the employment structure in the EU in terms of occupation and sector and gives a qualitative assessment of these shifts using various proxies of job quality – wages, skill-levels, etc.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2016

    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 2016, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003. 

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2015

    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 2015, the sixth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 1996

    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 1996, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2001

    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 2001, which was an extension of the EWCS 2000 to cover the then 12 acceding and candidate countries. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2000

    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 2000, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Company Survey 2004

    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 first edition of the survey carried out in 2004–2005 under the name European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • European Company Survey 2009

    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 2009, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • European Company Survey 2013

    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 2013, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance.

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