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  • Article
    12 June 2003

    In May 2003, a new coalition government of the Christian Democrats and two
    liberal parties, VVD and D66, took office in the Netherlands. The parties'
    coalition agreement provides for major cutbacks in public spending, largely
    targeted on social security expenditure. The trade unions are fiercely
    opposed to the proposed measures.

  • Article
    11 June 2003

    In a judgment issued in late May 2003, a Greek court ruled the dismissals of
    many workers at Athenian Paper Mills SA (Softex) to be illegal, as redundancy
    legislation had not been observed. It stated that the workers are thus
    entitled to retroactive compensation for lost pay from the date they were
    made redundant in 2002 up to the date of the court ruling.

  • Article
    11 June 2003

    A number of Greek court rulings issued in April-June 2003 have focused on the
    issue of workers who are employed to meet the standing needs of employers for
    long periods under successive fixed-term employment contracts. The courts
    have upheld these workers' cases and converted their fixed-term contracts
    into open-ended contracts, in the light of the 1999 EU fixed-term work
    Directive.

  • Article
    11 June 2003

    An agreement signed by management and the workers' commission at the VW
    Autoeuropa car plant in Portugal has prevented 570 redundancies among the
    3,200 employees or lengthy shutdowns, threatened as a result of a fall in
    production. Under a new 'time account', scheme, workers will forgo a 3.3% pay
    rise in 2003 and convert it into 10 days off per year, which will be taken on
    days when the plant is shut down. The agreement came into effect in June
    2003.

  • Article
    11 June 2003

    In May 2003, Confindustria, Italy’s main employers’ association, held its
    annual assembly. Its president, Antonio D’Amato, addressed some key issues
    in his address, including the reform of the pension system, Italy’s
    economic recovery, the tax burden, welfare reform, labour market reform, the
    public administration, the resources to be allocated to research, and
    Southern Italy.

  • Article
    11 June 2003

    A package of major revisions of labour law has been coming into force
    gradually in Poland since its adoption in 2002. From 1 July 2003, new rules
    will apply to many aspects of collective redundancies, including their
    definition and severance pay entitlements. Furthermore, the special
    protection against dismissal and detrimental treatment provided to trade
    union activists is to be subject to new limitations.

  • Article
    11 June 2003

    The Trade Unions’ Cooperation Forum (Szakszervezetek Együttműködési
    Fóruma, SZEF [1]), the dominant trade union organisation in the public
    service and civil administration sector - and arguably the biggest Hungarian
    trade union confederation with approximately 300,000 active members
    (HU0206102N [2]) - held its third congress on 25-26 May 2003 in Budapest.

    [1] http://www.szef.hu/
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/trade-union-membership-falls-further

  • Article
    11 June 2003

    In February 2003, trade unions and employers' organisations in the Polish
    construction sector reached agreement on a minimum wage rate for 2003, which
    is 50% above the national statutory minimum wage. The deal is seen as an
    important development in industrial relations in the industry.

  • Article
    11 June 2003

    Following several draft versions and a series of consultations, the coalition
    government of the Hungarian Socialist Party (Magyar Szocialista Párt, MSZP
    [1]) and the liberal Alliance of Free Democrats (Szabad Demokraták
    Szövetsége, SZDSZ [2]) submitted a bill on 'healthcare service providers
    and organisation of public health service' to parliament in March 2003.

    [1] http://www.mszp.hu/
    [2] http://www.szdsz.hu/

  • Article
    11 June 2003

    /Industrial restructuring is a striking feature of Europe's economic
    landscape today. There is wide agreement among employees, social partner
    organisations and policymakers at all levels that the way industrial
    restructuring is managed can, and must be improved. A rich body of policy
    initiatives, conceptual material and practical experience is available,
    identifying the main issues and challenges governing industrial
    restructuring. This EMCC dossier aims at presenting a selection of relevant
    data sources in a systematic way. It reveals the principles of, and various
    approaches to, corporate restructuring. A series of links provide access to a
    wide variety of relevant information sources./

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    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

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  • 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. 

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    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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