EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

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18 items found
  • 2009
    Cases of bankruptcy generally have more serious consequences for the workers who lose their jobs as a result since, unlike other cases of restructuring, the company concerned might have little or no possibility of providing support, either financial or practical. The number of bankruptcy cases has increased significantly in many countries as the global recession has deepened and spread. This report examines cases of bankruptcy over the past year in order to gain a better understanding of what they involve, the kinds of company affected, the reasons for their difficulties, the consequences for the workers concerned and the support that they receive.
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  • 2009
    As European economies slide into recession, companies face increasing financial difficulties as sales decline and prospects for a quick recovery recede. Consequently, a growing number of businesses are coming under threat, putting the jobs of more workers at risk. Already across Europe many companies have closed or reduced their scale of operations substantially and many jobs have been lost. This report examines the various measures being taken by governments and trade unions in different countries to try to maintain jobs, or at least to moderate the losses that occur.
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  • 2009
    As one of the largest sectors of economic activity in Europe, construction has been hit hard by the onset of the economic recession. This report reviews recent developments in the construction sector in the majority of EU27 Member States – except France, Hungary and the Netherlands – as well as Norway.
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  • 2009
    This report presents examples of good practice and effective action in relation to restructuring by companies. The study is based on in-depth company case studies carried out in 25 EU Member States and Norway. It identifies instances where large enterprises have not only respected the minimum standards and procedures stipulated in legislation regarding collective redundancies, or as set out in collective agreements, but have also made significant efforts to minimise the effects of job losses on their workforce and on the local economy.
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  • 2009
    This report examines shifts in the pattern of production and employment between different countries and regions of Europe. Based on findings from a series of company case studies, it looks at the location of job creation and job destruction in multinational companies across the 25 EU Member States and Norway. A variety of factors, notably the ever-changing patterns of competition on world markets and technological advances, enter into a company’s strategic thinking and actions when it comes to location decisions. This has inevitable consequences for employment, as companies expand production in some locations and seek to rationalise production and employment in others. This study aims to summarise and illustrate these processes to allow for a better understanding of multinational companies’ location decisions.
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  • 2009
    This report explores the consequences of mergers and acquisitions for the companies and employees involved, as well as for the wider economy, on the basis of in-depth company case studies in 25 EU Member States and Norway. The study aims to summarise the features of the mergers or acquisitions covered and their effects. The case studies present details of the companies concerned, their size in terms of employment and nationality, their sector of activity and a brief review of developments leading up to the merger. In addition, the case studies explore the companies’ reasons for merging, the policy followed after the event, the impact on workers, as well as the extent to which workers were consulted in the lead-up to the merger.
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  • 2009
    On the basis of a series of in-depth company case studies, this report explores the positive and negative employment impact of the relocation of economic activities from the ‘old’ to the ‘new’ Member States. The aim of this study is learn more about the process and consequences of such relocation activities from one Member State to another. It examines in great detail the motivation underlying the company’s decision, the nature of activities involved in the relocation process, as well as the consequences of the move. Whenever possible, the evidence has been taken from both the ‘departure’ and ‘arrival’ country, in order to illustrate what the company hoped to gain, how it sought to manage the transfer of its operations, and how the other parties involved reacted to them.
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  • 2008
    This report explores the employment impact of globalisation and reviews the attitudes and responses of national governments and the European social partners to this phenomenon. It first looks at the attitudes of the different stakeholders in the 27 Member States of the EU, including Bulgaria and Romania which joined the EU on 1 January 2007, as well as Norway. It then examines the responses of governments, employers and trade unions in these countries to the process of globalisation. Finally, the report gives a brief overview of national surveys of public opinion on globalisation which have been carried out in recent years. The study was compiled on the basis of individual national reports submitted by the ERM correspondents, and these are available on request from the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.
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