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  • Article
    27 April 1997

    Pay for 15,000 newspaper distributors has been increased by SEK 2.75 per hour
    retrospectively from 1 January 1997 and by SEK 0.45 from 1 August 1997,
    according to the new collective agreement between the Swedish Publishers'
    Association and the Swedish Transport Workers' Union. The agreement runs for
    one year. A novel feature of the agreement is that employees from now on have
    undertaken to distribute periodicals and other items of mail together with
    the newspapers. The employers have thus achieved one of their important
    demands.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    Currently the minimum wage in the tourism sector is ATS 54 net per hour. The
    Hotel, Restaurant, Personal Services Workers (Gewerkschaft Hotel,
    Gastgewerbe, Persönlicher Dienst,HGPD) is seeking an increase of the minimum
    gross monthly full-time wage from ATS 11,440 to ATS 12,000 (payable 14 times
    per year). This is a nominal increase of 4.9%. With current inflation
    projections running at 1.9%, a real pay increase of 3.0% would result. The
    minimum net monthly income would be increased by ATS 378.40 from ATS 9,358 to
    ATS 9,736.40, a nominal increase of 4.0%. On the basis of 173 hours per
    month, the net hourly rate would increase by ATS 2.18 from the current ATS
    54.00.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    On 8 April 1997, Jacques Barrot, the Minister for Employment, gave the press
    a preview of the forthcoming legislation on the reduction of social security
    contributions and the statutory working week. Among the subjects dealt with
    will be a revision of existing legislation on banning women from working at
    night, which Mr Barrot deems necessary.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    On 9 April 1997, the telecommunication conglomerate Deutsche Telekom AG and
    the Deutsche Postgewerkschaft (DPG) postal workers' union signed a package of
    enterprise-level collective agreements for the employees at the Telekom
    subsidiary Deutsche Telekom Mobilnet GmbH (DeTeMobil). After five months of
    negotiations, this package represents the first such collective agreement in
    the mobile telephony industry since the beginning of the step-by-step
    liberalisation of the telecommunications sector.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    In a recent report (/Social Europe/ 4/96, published in March/April 1997), the
    European Commission assesses the progress towards the achievement of the
    goals of the medium-term social action programme covering the period between
    1995-7. This social action programme, adopted in April 1995, is seen by the
    Commission as marking a breakthrough for new ideas and policies. The basic
    concept underlying the programme is that social policy is a productive factor
    facilitating change and progress, rather than a burden on the economy or an
    obstacle to growth.

  • Article
    27 Marec 1997

    Portugal's major Lisnave shipyards are being privatised. New industrial
    readjustment and work organisation strategies are reforming human resource
    management and training standards. However, in a company that has strong
    trade union traditions, discussions with employee representatives on
    restructuring have been conducted in a relatively formal and
    institutionalised way, with little participative input from the employees
    concerned themselves.

  • Article
    27 Marec 1997

    The announcement by the French auto manufacturer, Renault, of the closure of
    its plant with a workforce of 3,100 in Vilvorde in the Flanders region of
    Belgium, has caused a wave of indignation throughout Europe. The closure is
    part of a European restructuring project which also includes the axing of
    2,800 jobs in France. The response by the unions, of an unusually rapid and
    massive nature, took the form of strikes in all the group's European plants,
    and a series of joint demonstrations.

  • Article
    27 Marec 1997

    All industrial relations activities in Spain have been at a standstill in
    early 1997, pending the conclusion of negotiations between trade unions and
    employers' organisations on labour market reform. However, initial agreements
    have been reached on types of employment contract and on dismissal

  • Article
    27 Marec 1997

    The issue of the use of national and European subsidies to support employment
    in a particular country, region or sector, has come under the spotlight in
    recent weeks in the context of the controversy which has arisen from
    Renault's announcement of the closure of its factory at Vilvoorde in Belgium
    (see Record EU9703108F [1]). Renault's request for subsidies to expand its
    operations in Spain was blocked by European competition policy commissioner,
    Karel Van Miert, in order to investigate whether EU funding was being used to
    transfer employment to a region offering lower wage and social costs.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/the-renault-case-and-the-future-of-social-europe

  • Article
    27 Marec 1997

    The UK has been the main recipient of Toyota's European investment so far, at
    its plant in Derby. If the UK were to lose the new investment to France, it
    would be a huge blow to the Government which recently had to "rebuild some
    fences" after the company announced in February 1997 that it might switch its
    investment elsewhere in Europe if the UK did not join the single European
    currency.

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  • 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.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2003

    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 2003, the first edition of the survey.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2007

    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 2007, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2012

    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 2012, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003. 

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2005

    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 2005, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2010

    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 2010, the fifth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • Manufacturing employment outlook

    This publication series explores scenarios for the future of manufacturing. The employment implications (number of jobs by sector, occupation, wage profile, and task content) under various possible scenarios are examined. The scenarios focus on various possible developments in global trade and energy policies and technological progress and run to 2030.

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