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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.


  • Working conditions surveys - A comparative analysis

    The objective of this report is to awaken the interest of the research community in surveys of working conditions, and to illustrate how a variety of working conditions surveys are conducted in different European and other industrialised countries. In this case, priority has been given to a descriptive analysis of the surveys. The background for this study dates back to July 2001, when the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions announced its interest in financing an analysis of the national working conditions surveys being conducted in the European Union. Every five years, the Foundation conducts a working conditions survey in the Member States of the European Union. This survey was conducted in 1990/91, 1995 and 2000. Similar data collection systems exist on a national scale in Europe and other industrialised countries (Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States).
  • Impact of ICT on the fishing industry: Two scenarios

    The European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC), at the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, commissioned two scenarios relating to the fishing industry: Sustainable eFishing and Troubled waters. The aim was to assess the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on the fishing industry across Europe.
  • Flexible working law causing few problems, finds survey

    In April 2003, legislation came into force giving parents of children under six or of disabled children under 18 the statutory right to request flexible working and to have their request seriously considered by their employer (UK0304104F [1]). Prior to the introduction of the legislation, employers’ groups had opposed statutory intervention in this area and expressed concern at its potential impact on business performance, whereas trade unions were critical of the scope for employers to reject employee requests for flexible working. However, a survey of employers conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), representing human resources managers, and the law firm Lovells, published in October 2003, suggests that the operation of the legislation has proved to be 'user-friendly' for organisations in both the private and public sectors. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/new-rules-on-flexible-working-come-into-force
  • New anti-discrimination legislation takes effect

    TheEmployment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 [1] and theEmployment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations 2003 [2] came into force on 1 and 2 December 2003 respectively. The two sets of Regulations outlaw direct and indirect discrimination against, and harassment and victimisation of, people in employment and vocational training because of their sexual orientation, religion or belief. [1] http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si2003/20031661.htm [2] http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si2003/20031660.htm
  • Benchmarking pay increases under threat for some groups

    A public sector 'benchmarking' process conducted in 2002 (IE0207203N [1]) awarded pay increases ranging from 2.5% to 25%, with an average of 8.9%, to Ireland’s public servants after they were benchmarked against private sector comparators. The main 'quid quo pro' was that the workers concerned would have to show real progress in cooperating with the 'industrial peace' and modernisation/change agenda contained in Sections 19-26 of Ireland's current national agreement, Sustaining Progress [2], which was ratified by the social partners in March 2003 (IE0304201N [3] and IE0301209F [4]). [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/benchmarking-body-recommends-public-sector-pay-awards [2] http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/upload/SustProgagri.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/breakthrough-on-new-national-agreement
  • Job autonomy varies with income and qualifications

    Employees with the highest skills, best qualifications and highest incomes enjoy the highest levels of job autonomy in working life. Unskilled workers and low-income employees are the least favoured in this regard. The study, Degrees of job autonomy [1], /(pdf file -/ in Danish, /Dimensioner af frihed i arbejdslivet/ ), from the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions [2] (Landsorganisationen, LO), concludes that the non-financial inequalities are much more significant than monetary differences. [1] http://www.lo.dk/smmedia/LOdokumentation2_2003.pdf?mb_GUID=2B598E42-2518-45D9-AF23-0521CAAD395B.pdf [2] http://www.lo.dk/smcms/English_version/Index.htm?ID=2923
  • Labour Code amended again

    In October 2003, another set of changes to the Polish Labour Code were adopted by parliament - the latest in a series of rounds of amendments in recent years. The primary objective of the new amendments is further harmonisation of Polish labour legislation with the relevant EU law. The most important issues addressed include sick leave, fixed-term employment contracts, working time, annual and childcare leave, harassment, bullying and the employment of minors.
  • Public sector pay examined

    Since the early 1990s, the Polish public sector has contracted significantly and its pay and conditions have changed. While the sector continues, for the most part, to offer stability of employment, there is a trade-off in the form of earnings which lower than those in the private sector. This article examines the situation in 2003 in terms of public sector pay determination and levels, as well as looking at the development of the sector over recent years.
  • Restructuring under debate

    In November 2003, the French social partners are engaged in difficult intersectoral negotiations over social measures to accompany corporate restructuring, while the government is preparing new measures in this area and changes to the law on collective redundancies. Relations between the social partners have been strained by the proposals of the MEDEF employers' organisation on restructuring and by recommendations made in an official report.
  • Equal opportunities bargaining slow to develop

    Despite major advances in legislation on equal opportunities for women and men and reconciling work and family life - often due to EU Directives - collective bargaining on these issues has been slow to develop in Spain. This article examines the situation in late 2003.

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