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  • Article
    29 jún 2003

    Hungary, with an average per capita GDP of less than 75% of the EU average,
    expects to use approximately HUF 1,100 billion to HUF 1,600 billion (EUR 4.4
    billion to EUR 6.4 billion) of money from the Community Structural and
    Cohesion Funds – Hungarian co-financing included – over the period
    between its accession to the Union on 1 May 2004 and the end of 2006.
    Pursuant to EU Council Regulation (EC) No. 1260/1999 [1] laying down general
    provisions on the Structural Funds, eligible countries are expected to
    prepare their development objectives and priorities in the framework of
    National Development Plans (NDPs) and submit them to the European Commission.
    These NDPs will be the basis for discussions with the Commission which will
    produce Community Support Frameworks (CSFs) containing the financial
    commitments of the EU and the government of the recipient country concerning
    spending on jointly financed development areas. According to Article 8 of the
    Council Regulation, partnership between the national government and social as
    well as civil actors is a key component of the Plans. The application of the
    principle of partnership should be extended to the preparation, financing,
    monitoring and evaluation of Community grants.

    [1] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=31999R1260&model=guichett

  • Article
    29 jún 2003

    In May 2003, Schiesser Pallas, a subsidiary of the German apparel
    multinational, Schiesser AG, announced that it was to close down its sewing
    operations in Greece, citing relatively high labour costs compared with
    countries such as Bulgaria and Romania. Despite detailed trade union
    counter-proposals, consultations failed to produce results and 500
    redundancies are expected soon.

  • Article
    26 jún 2003

    The major industrial dispute over a new collective agreement for blue-collar
    workers in the municipal and city council sector (SE0305101N [1]) was due to
    escalate in the first week of June 2003. Some 47,000 members of the Municipal
    Workers' Union (Svenska Kommunalarbetareförbundet, Kommunal) were already on
    indefinite strike across the country since the previous week and the union
    gave notice of a further strike from 4 June by 18,000 bus drivers in Sweden's
    three largest cities. Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö, plus 137
    municipalities (out of 290), were thus due to be hard hit by industrial
    action. The Union of Service and Communication (Facket för Service och
    Kommunikation, Seko) had also given notice of a sympathy strike by all 400
    train drivers on commuter services in the three cities, adding to the
    expected traffic chaos.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/major-pay-conflict-breaks-out-in-municipal-sector

  • Article
    26 jún 2003

    January 2003 saw the first genuine strikes organised in Slovakia since it
    became independent in 1993 (SK0211103F [1]). The strikes took place on the
    railways as a consequence of long-term disputes between trade unions and
    management. Railworkers had previously been on the verge of strike action on
    several occasions in recent years. In late 1998 there were calls for a
    strike, while in the following year trade unions set a strike date during
    lengthy negotiations on pay increases. However, the negotiations led to a
    compromise with railways management and the planned strike was cancelled. In
    2001, a two-hour strike was announced by the trade unions but cancelled one
    hour before it was due to start because of a lack of organisational
    preparedness.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/the-regulation-of-collective-disputes

  • Article
    26 jún 2003

    In April 2003, a new law on 'social employment' came into force in Poland,
    aimed at providing support and employment to up to the country's large number
    of people faced with social exclusion, such as long-term unemployed people,
    alcoholics and drug addicts, former prisoners, and people with mental
    illnesses. The legislation sets up social integration centres to provide
    assistance and integration programmes, and creates a system of subsidised
    employment to encourage employers to take on people from the target groups.

  • Article
    26 jún 2003

    In the 2003 Dutch collective bargaining round, occupational pension issues
    have led to a deadlock in negotiations at a number of major companies,
    notably in financial services and industry. Employers want to reform their
    pension schemes radically, as shrinking capital reserves and increasing
    numbers of claimants have depleted their funds. The Akzo Nobel chemicals
    group even wants to hive off its pension fund, making it independent. The
    trade unions are fiercely opposed to this plan and other more drastic
    austerity measures, but are increasingly prepared to accept a greater use of
    average-salary rather than final-salary schemes and a temporary suspension of
    pensions indexation.

  • Article
    25 jún 2003

    Nous tentons dans la présente étude de dégager une vue d’ensemble de la
    durée du temps de travail - telle qu’elle est établie par les conventions
    collectives et la législation - dans l’Union européenne et la Norvège en
    2002 (et 2001), basée sur les contributions des centres nationaux de
    l’Observatoire européen des relations industrielles (EIRO). Pour la
    première fois, nous incluons certaines données sur trois des pays candidats
    qui rejoindront l’UE en 2004 - la Hongrie, la Pologne et la Slovaquie.

  • Article
    25 jún 2003

    In June 2003, management and trade unions signed a preliminary agreement on a
    unified collective agreement for two of Spain's nuclear power plants, those
    at Almaraz and Trillo. This may represent the first step towards a sectoral
    agreement for the sector, where bargaining currently occurs at plant level.

  • Article
    25 jún 2003

    In summer 2003, France's Minister of Health announced that a reform of the
    sickness insurance system is to be presented in the autumn. While an
    increasing deficit posted by the sickness insurance funds has made this
    overhaul necessary, industrial relations tensions in the healthcare sector
    suggest that implementation may be problematic. The details of the reform are
    as yet unknown, but the major thrust appears to be a reduction in compulsory
    sickness insurance cover and the creation of specific measures for
    lower-income people.

  • Article
    25 jún 2003

    Die Erweiterung der Europäischen Union, bei der voraussichtlich ab 2004 bis
    zu 12 Länder Mittel- und Osteuropas sowie des Mittelmeerraums der EU
    beitreten werden, rückt immer näher. Vor diesem Hintergrund hat das
    Europäische Observatorium für die Entwicklung der Arbeitsbeziehungen (EIRO)
    die Erfassung der Entwicklungen im Bereich der Arbeitsbeziehungen auf die
    beitrittswilligen Länder ausgeweitet.

Series

  • European Quality of Life Surveys

    The European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2003, with the latest edition in 2016. It examines both the objective circumstances of people's lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. It covers issues around employment, income, education, housing, family, health and work–life balance. It also looks at subjective topics, such as people's levels of happiness and life satisfaction, and perceptions of the quality of society.

  • European Jobs Monitor

    This series brings together publications and other outputs of the European Jobs Monitor (EJM), which tracks structural change in European labour markets. The EJM analyses shifts in the employment structure in the EU in terms of occupation and sector and gives a qualitative assessment of these shifts using various proxies of job quality – wages, skill-levels, etc.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2016

    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 2016, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003. 

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2015

    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 2015, the sixth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 1996

    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 1996, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2001

    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 2001, which was an extension of the EWCS 2000 to cover the then 12 acceding and candidate countries. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2000

    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 2000, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Company Survey 2004

    Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the first edition of the survey carried out in 2004–2005 under the name European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • European Company Survey 2009

    Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the ECS 2009, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • European Company Survey 2013

    Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the ECS 2013, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance.

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