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  • Article
    27 May 1997

    At a time when public opinion seems to be losing interest in the campaign for
    the May/June 1997 parliamentary elections (if opinion polls published in the
    middle of May are to be believed, less than half the electorate said they
    were interested in the debates and manifestoes) the trade unions and
    employers' associations, while not telling their members which way to vote,
    are voicing their main demands and preparing the forthcoming social agenda.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    Presenting its 1996 results on 6 May 1997, Deutz AG, the German machinery and
    tractor maker which almost collapsed last year, also publicised information
    on the employees' contribution to its 1996 rescue package. The group is
    undergoing a radical restructuring after a crisis last year, caused by big
    losses on cement plants in Saudi Arabia. The deal was struck in May/June 1996
    between management and the group works council [1] and included the


  • Article
    27 May 1997

    The high-level expert group on worker involvement was established in 1996
    with the aim of developing solutions to break the 25-year deadlock on
    European Commission proposals containing clauses on worker involvement, and
    in particular, the European Company Statute (ECS). The Commission has
    repeatedly stressed the importance of such a statute, enabling the
    incorporation of companies at EU level, in order to improve the
    competitiveness of European companies. Such proposals have long remained
    blocked in the Council of Ministers, largely because of concerns from
    countries with advanced employee participation systems which fear that the
    ECS could be used by companies to circumvent national legislation in this
    area. Similarly, a solution would have to avoid imposing foreign models of
    employee representation upon member states where there is currently no
    provision for the appointment of worker representatives to the boards of

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    New wage agreements were reached on 25 May 1997 covering the Norwegian state
    sector, the municipal sector and the municipality of Oslo. The new agreements
    include a voluntary early retirement scheme for the age-group from 62-63
    years and moderate wage increases. The wage settlement for the public sector
    is therefore in line with the settlement in the private sector with regard to
    total wage growth.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    On 21 April 1997, trade unions, employers' associations and the Government of
    Andalucia signed an /Agreement on employment policy and economic development
    for Andalucia/. This is the third tripartite agreement to be reached in this
    region. It covers a period of two years (1997-8) and involves an investment
    of about ESP 200 billion .

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    The majority of pilots' trade unions represented in the Air France group took
    part in a relatively successful strike from 20-23 May 1997, protesting at the
    setting up of a two-tier salary system.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    During the fourth bargaining round for its 90,000 employees, the German car
    producer Volkswagen AG announced the creation of several hundred new jobs.
    According to an agreement between management and the IG Metall trade union,
    the newly hired employees will be employed exclusively on a temporary basis
    and will de facto be remunerated below the level of the company agreements.
    Although being hired on the terms of the current company agreements, the
    newly hired employees will not be eligible for the compensatory extra pay
    component which was agreed when Volkswagen established the four-day working
    week in 1994, and thus they will be paid 10% less than core employees.
    According to the agreement, details will be fixed by the social partners at
    establishment level. During the negotiations, the IG Metall rejected
    Volkswagen's plans to pay the newly hired employees according to the
    branch-level metalworking agreement. The compensation of the new temporary
    staff will still be around 10% higher than the pay other employees receive on
    the basis of the current branch-level metalworking agreement.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    On 7 May 1997 the Labour Court gave its judgment in a case that has attracted
    much attention. It concerned three ambulance drivers, two men and one woman,
    who had been dismissed on the grounds of disloyalty to their employer, a
    private company that runs the ambulance service in parts of southern
    Stockholm on contract.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    In its recently published opinion on the conclusion of the Intergovernmental
    Conference (IGC), the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of
    Europe (UNICE) underlines the need for the negotiating parties to "place a
    strengthening of Europe's competitiveness at the heart of the (new) Treaty,
    since promotion of competitiveness is the sine qua non to increase
    employment". The promotion of employment can, according to UNICE, never be
    treated in isolation. While European employers have repeatedly pronounced
    themselves in favour of the Essen employment strategy, they are keen to
    underline that responsibility for employment policy must continue to lie
    primarily with the member states.


  • European Restructuring Monitor

    The European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) has reported on the employment impact of large-scale business restructuring since 2002. This publication series include the ERM reports, as well as blogs, articles and working papers on restructuring-related events in the EU27 and Norway.

  • European Working Conditions Telephone Survey 2021

    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 European Working Conditions Telephone Survey (EWCTS) 2021, an extraordinary edition conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • Developments in working life, industrial relations and working conditions in the EU

    This publication series gathers all overview reports on developments in working life, annual reviews in industrial relations and working conditions produced by Eurofound on the basis of national contributions from the Network of Eurofound Correspondents (NEC). Since 1997, these reports have provided overviews of the latest developments in industrial relations and working conditions across the EU and Norway. The series may include recent ad hoc articles written by members of the NEC.

  • COVID-19

    Eurofound’s work on COVID-19 examines the far-reaching socioeconomic implications of the pandemic across Europe as they continue to impact living and working conditions. A key element of the research is the e-survey, launched in April 2020, with five rounds completed at different stages during 2020, 2021 and 2022. This is complemented by the inclusion of research into the ongoing effects of the pandemic in much of Eurofound’s other areas of work.

  • Sectoral social dialogue

    Eurofound's representativeness studies are designed to allow the European Commission to identify the ‘management and labour’ whom it must consult under article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). This series consists of studies of the representativeness of employer and worker organisations in various sectors.

  • Minimum wages in the EU

    This series reports on developments in minimum wage rates across the EU, including how they are set and how they have developed over time in nominal and real terms. The series explores where there are statutory minimum wages or collectively agreed minimum wages in the Member States, as well as minimum wage coverage rates by gender.  

  • European Working Conditions Surveys

    The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) launched in 1990 and is carried out every five years, with the latest edition in 2015. It provides an overview of trends in working conditions and quality of employment for the last 30 years. It covers issues such as employment status, working time duration and organisation, work organisation, learning and training, physical and psychosocial risk factors, health and safety, work–life balance, worker participation, earnings and financial security, work and health, and most recently also the future of work.

  • Challenges and prospects in the EU

    Eurofound’s Flagship report series 'Challenges and prospects in the EU' comprise research reports that contain the key results of multiannual research activities and incorporate findings from different related research projects. Flagship reports are the major output of each of Eurofound’s strategic areas of intervention and have as their objective to contribute to current policy debates.

  • European Company Survey 2019

    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 2019, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • National social partners and policymaking

    This series reports on and updates latest information on the involvement of national social partners in policymaking. The series analyses the involvement of national social partners in the implementation of policy reforms within the framework of social dialogue practices, including their involvement in elaborating the National Reform Programmes (NRPs).

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