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Eurofound publishes its work in a range of publication formats to match audience needs and the nature of the output. These include flagship reports on a particular area of activity, research reports summarising the findings of a research project and policy briefs presenting policy pointers from research projects or facts and figures relevant to policy debates. Also included are blog articles, regular articles on working life in Europe, presentations, working papers providing background material to ongoing or already concluded research, and reports arising from ad hoc requests by policymakers. Other corporate publications include annual reports, brochures and promotional publications. Web databases and online resources such as data visualisation applications are available in Data and resources.


  • European Works Councils case studies: the Lafarge group

    In September 1994, the Council of Ministers decided on a Directive on the establishment of a European Works Council (EWC) for the purposes of informing and consulting employees (94/45/EC). The emergence of EWCs is a major part of the development of an industrial relations system at European level. The agreement providing for the institution of the Lafarge group’s EWC was signed on 8 December 1994.
  • European Works Councils case studies: Aventis

    In September 1994, the Council of Ministers decided on a Directive on the establishment of a European Works Council (EWC) for the purposes of informing and consulting employees (94/45/EC). The emergence of EWCs is a major part of the development of an industrial relations system at European level. The agreement setting up the group’s EWC was dated 13 April 2000. The arrangements not stipulated in the agreement are governed by French law.
  • European Works Councils case studies: Auchan

    In September 1994, the Council of Ministers decided on a Directive on the establishment of a European Works Council (EWC) for the purposes of informing and consulting employees (94/45/EC). The emergence of EWCs is a major part of the development of an industrial relations system at European level. The agreement establishing the Auchan EWC was signed on 17 May 1996 by three French majority unions (CFTC, CFE-CGC and CGT-FO) and by the managing director of Hypermarchés Auchan France and the CEO of SAMADOC, and by its HRD.
  • Contribution to the European Commission's Green Paper on 'Confronting demographic change: A new solidarity between the generations' (COM 2004 95 final)

    The aim of this paper is to present ideas for policy and practice that respond to the issues raised in the Green Paper. In addition, it is hoped it will contribute to a deepening of the debate on demographic ageing. The views expressed in this paper draw upon the following sources: developmental and conceptual work from the Foundation; and results from the Foundation’s EU-wide programme of surveys and research.
  • Autonomy at work among self-employed people

    In 2004, self-employed people accounted for 16.2% of all employment in the Czech Republic. Since 1993 - when regular monitoring of labour statistics using sample surveys of the labour force began - the proportion of self-employed people has doubled (see Table 1). At the start of 2004, a package of tax and social reforms were adopted that had a negative impact on the enterprise environment, putting a brake on the growth in the number of self-employed people. Government reports (167Kb pdf; in Czech) [1] defended these measures as necessary in revitalising and cleaning up the business environment. However, at a public policy level, it is acknowledged that the small and medium-sized enterprise is one of the most important employment components in the Czech Republic, playing a dynamic role in job creation. [1] http://www.mpsv.cz/files/clanky/2055/141005.pdf
  • Union highlights exploitation of Polish migrant workers in UK

    On 24 November 2005, the Transport and General Workers’ Union (TGWU) released details of a letter that its general secretary, Tony Woodley, has sent to the Polish prime minister, Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, highlighting evidence of the exploitation and abuse of Polish migrant workers in the UK and urging him to raise the issue with his UK counterpart, Tony Blair, during a visit to London.
  • CAC receives first cases under consultation Regulations

    The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) is responsible for adjudicating in a wide range of potential disputes under the Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) Regulations, which took effect in relation to undertakings with 150 or more employees in April 2005 (UK0502103N [1]). The first cases under the Regulations are now beginning to emerge. The CAC’s website carries a livelisting [2] of applications and decisions made . This currently lists three complaints under the ICE Regulations that it received in the period from August to October 2005. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/employee-consultation-legislation-finalised [2] http://www.cac.gov.uk/I&C/I&C_live_applications_and_decisions_.htm
  • Policemen organised in Trade Unions are protesting

    On 25 October 2005 unionized policemen organized a protest meeting in front of the Office of Slovak Government. More than one third out of approximately 20,000 policemen are members of the Policemen Trade Unions (Odborový zväz policajtov). Approximately 2,000 policemen who participated in the meeting asked for higher wages, appropriate technical equipment for effective fight against the organized crime and maintaining of current social benefits for policemen. It was for the first time that the policemen decided to organize a public protest in Slovakia. According to the chairman of the Policemen Trade Unions, Miroslav Litva, policemen compared with the soldiers have worse wage conditions what is unique among the EU member states. He mentioned that a policeman in the first year of his service does not earn more than SKK 9,000 gross while a soldier has a significantly higher wage - approximately SKK 15,000. According to the trade unionists opinion the work of a policeman should be appraised in the same way as work of a soldier (daily Pravda 26 October 2005).
  • Visually disabled people coping with the EES

    On 27-30 October 2005 under the patronage of the new Slovak minister of labour, social affairs and family Iveta Radičová the European Conference Views Ahead was held in Bratislava. The conference dealt with implementation of the European Employment Strategy (EES) and its impact upon employment of visually disabled people. Organisation of the conference was co-funded by the European Commission.
  • No need for the legislator to regulate the supervising of collective agreements

    The Commission started in June 2004 to examine a possible legal surveillance of the observance of the collective agreements. The Special Commissioner Birgitta Nyström, Professor in Labour Law, handed over the Committee Report (SOU 2005:89) to Working Life Minister Hans Karlsson 7 November 2005. The report proposes among other items that a trade union, which has concluded a collective agreement should have the right to receive information from the employer about the employees’ wages and other working conditions in cases where there are reasons to believe that the collective agreement has not been fully applied.

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