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  • Article
    27 February 1997

    The Employment and Labour Market Committee (ELC), established by a Council
    Decision on 20 December 1996, held its inaugural meeting in Brussels on 29
    January 1997. The ELC was created in response to a request by the European
    Council for the setting up of a stable structure to support the work of the
    Labour and Social Affairs Council in employment-related matters. This area
    has taken on a new dimension in the context of the" European employment
    strategy" outlined at the European Council in Essen in December 1994. The ELC
    is expected to improve the balance between employment, on the one hand, and
    economic and monetary issues, on the other hand, in the European debate. The
    new Committee will fulfil a similar role to that of the Economic Policy
    Committee which provides advice to the Economics and Financial Affairs
    Council (ECOFIN).

  • Article
    27 February 1997

    The Austrian Trade Union Federation (Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund,
    ÖGB) and the Austrian Chamber of the Economy (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich,
    WKÖ) agreed the outlines of a reform of the apprenticeship system on 1 March
    1997. The precise details are to be agreed in a working group comprising
    officials of the social partners, the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of the
    Economy, and experts from other, as yet unspecified, organisations.

  • Article
    27 February 1997

    At the beginning of February the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) set
    out its long term priorities for beyond the forthcoming general election. Its
    director general, Adair Turner said that "whatever happens between now and
    May, there are fundamental issues for business which need attention. The
    changing nature of the world in which we do business brings both
    opportunities and challenges, and the CBI should be at the heart of change."

  • Article
    27 February 1997

    February 1997 saw a major strike in Spain's road transport sector. The
    dispute was well supported, mainly in the north of the country, but was
    called off without winning many concessions from the Government.

  • Article
    27 February 1997

    The statutory minimum wage in Luxembourg has been increased by 3.2% from 1
    January 1997, as a result of legislation, and additionally by 2.5% from 1
    February 1997, under the terms of an index-linked mechanism.

  • Article
    27 February 1997

    Following the freezing of civil servants' salaries imposed by the Government
    for 1996, the Government announced the convening of pay negotiations which
    have been continually put off since the spring of 1996, but which will now
    not take place at all.

  • Article
    27 February 1997

    In January 1997, the European Commission adopted a report on the Promotion of
    Participation by Employed Persons in Profits and Enterprise Results,
    including equity participation (PEPPER II). The report suggests that
    profit-sharing schemes lead to higher productivity, whatever method, model
    specification and data are used. The macroeconomic situation was found to
    have little effect on government or social partner support for such schemes,
    but recent debates relating to enhancing productivity and wage flexibility
    are stimulating discussions on proposals. However, in most member states,
    trade unions can be expected to oppose the use of financial participation
    schemes to promote wage flexibility.

  • Article
    27 February 1997

    As the 1 May election date draws nearer, both the Conservative Government and
    the main opposition party, Labour, have begun to fight their campaigns by
    taking opposite stances on the social policy Agreement annexed to the
    Maastricht Treaty on European Union - the so-called "social chapter", from
    which the UK has "opted out". In February, the Government launched an attack,
    stating that if the Labour Party were to win the general election, its
    commitment to "signing up" to the social chapter would cost the UK 500,000
    jobs.

  • Article
    27 February 1997

    Employers and unions want to reduce the amount of temporary recruitment and
    the number of types of employment contract. They also want to increase their
    freedom to negotiate labour market issues through collective bargaining.
    These are the key issues in the current debate over a new round of labour
    market reforms in Spain.

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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