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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.


  • Social plan at Belgacom. Negotiations at La Poste

    Negotiations over a social plan at Belgacom have been satisfactorily concluded despite opposition from one trade union. At La Poste, talks are still taking place between management and the trade unions on the implementation of a plan for rationalising distribution of the mail. In both cases, the result will be job losses.
  • A legal framework for teleworking

    The employers’ and workers’ organisations represented on the National Labour Council (Conseil National du Travail/Nationale Arbeidsraad, CNT/ NAR) concluded a collective agreement on tele-working on 9 November. It transposes the framework agreement signed by the social partners in July 2002, and will come into force no later than 1 July 2006.
  • Chamber of the Economy envisages further reform steps

    On 24 November 2005, the general assembly of the Chamber of the Economy (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, WKÖ) adopted an agreement on further reform steps in respect of the Chamber which had been reached by the body’s leadership a few days before. Interestingly, all competing factions (which are represented within the WKÖ bodies) affiliated to one of the political parties in parliament - except for the faction affiliated to the Green Party (Die Grünen, GRÜNE) - voted in favour of the draft reform programme.
  • European chemicals industry - what future?

    /The chemicals industry is one of the largest and internationally most successful European industries. The first of three articles in the Sector Futures series on this sector - excluding pharmaceuticals - delineates the chemicals industry sector, looking at its market size, structure and nature of employment. The chemicals sector is capital-intensive and has traditionally enjoyed a comparative advantage in mature industrialised countries. This advantage, however, is now being challenged by globalisation. This factor is explored here, along with other trends and drivers likely to shape the sector’s future./
  • Extent of working poverty in the European Union

    A recent Eurostat study (362Kb pdf) [1] outlines methodological approaches to measuring working (or in-work) poverty at EU level and examines the incidence and distribution of poverty risk. Harmonised data are available for the EU15, based on the European Community Household Panel (ECHP) [2]. For the new Member States, only partial data exist, on a not fully comparable basis. [1] http://epp.eurostat.cec.eu.int/cache/ITY_OFFPUB/KS-NK-05-005/EN/KS-NK-05-005-EN.PDF [2] http://forum.europa.eu.int/irc/dsis/echpanel/info/data/information.html
  • Union confederations unite against budget law

    In September-October 2005, the Italian government issued the draft state budget law for 2006. The budget is strongly opposed by the trade union confederations, which have jointly proposed amendments and called a four-hour general strike on 25 November. Many local authorities have been equally critical and have protested against the major financial cuts envisaged by the budget law for municipalities, provinces and regions. The Confindustria employers' confederation has been more cautious in its reaction, praising some provisions of the law while criticising others.
  • Register of occupational diseases not yet established

    In a Recommendation of 19 September 2003 concerning a European schedule of occupational diseases [1] (C(2003)3297 final), the European Commission recommends, among other points, that the Member States should: [1] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32003H0670&model=guichett
  • Workers with occupational diseases cannot exercise their rights

    The Union of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia (Zveza svobodnih sindikatov Slovenije, ZSSS [1]) (SI0210102F [2]) has frequently raised the difficult situation of workers with occupational diseases (SI0511302F [3]) with the public, the government and parliament (SI0505301N [4]). These workers cannot exercise the rights to which they are entitled if they have a verified occupational disease, and ZSSS argues that this is a violation of human rights. Therefore, on 10 December 2004, international human rights day, it organised a protest rally in front of the parliament building to draw attention of politicians to this problem. ZSSS has reminded the government about this problem several times a year without any success. [1] http://www.zsss.si/index.php [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/the-development-and-current-situation-of-trade-unions-3 [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/register-of-occupational-diseases-not-yet-established [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/trade-unions-against-the-reduction-of-pay-compensation-to-reduce-the-ill-health-absenteeism
  • New legislation proposed on temporary agency work 

    In early 2005, four sectoral social dialogue committees (in metalworking, engineering, chemicals and hotels/catering) (HU0212106F [1]) jointly proposed examining the practices of companies that do not adhere to the legal regulations on temporary agency work (HU0412102F [2]), and then to amend these regulations via either legislation or collective agreements. The social partners involved were particularly critical of temporary work agencies that use undeclared labour, and of abuses by user companies, especially using agency workers on a permanent basis and setting up subsidiary companies specialised in providing the parent company with agency workers. Sectoral trade unions envisaged: certain restrictions on the use of temporary agency work, for instance on the length or number of contracts between the same agencies and user companies; the establishment of criteria for the cases in which temporary agency workers may be used; or a complete ban on using temporary agency work in the core activities of certain industries. Legal experts working for the sectoral social dialogue committees proposed legislative changes in the following fields: equal treatment of agency workers and regular employees; ways to prevent abuses; the relationship between collective agreements and temporary work agencies; and possibilities to enhance the enforcement of the law on the collective representation of workers [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/project-seeks-to-strengthen-autonomous-social-dialogue-at-sector-level [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/temporary-agency-work-examined
  • Trends for risk factors in the Danish work environment

    For the past five years, the Danish Working Environment Authority has monitored trends for selected occupational risk factors, applying data taken from the registry of occupational illnesses and symptoms. This report focuses on fatal and other serious accidents, heavy lifting and monotonous repetitive work, and psychosocial risk factors. These factors follow different patterns of development and are unevenly distributed by sector. Overall, ‘traditional’ physical exposure factors have decreased, whereas illnesses related to psychosocial factors have increased rapidly. Work-related psychosocial symptoms and illnesses are now the second most frequently reported group of occupational diseases in Denmark.

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