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  • Article
    20 juli 2003

    In mid-June 2003, negotiations between the European-level intersectoral
    social partner organisations - the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC),
    the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe
    (UNICE)/European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
    (UEAPME) and the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and
    of Enterprises of General Economic Interest (CEEP) - resulted in agreement on
    a joint statement on managing change and its social consequences. The
    statement identifies a range of factors that can contribute to preventing or
    limiting the negative social impact of restructuring, including 'good social
    dialogue'.

  • Article
    20 juli 2003

    On 8 July 2003, the UK's Labour Party government published its latest white
    paper on skills. The white paper, entitled 21st century skills: realising our
    potential [1], sets out an England-wide strategy for improving the skills and
    productivity of the workforce. As such, it aims to tackle what it calls 'deep
    and pervasive problems' that have resulted in the UK suffering from a
    significant productivity and skills deficit relative to its major
    competitors. Output per hour worked is at least 25% higher in Germany and the
    USA, and over 30% higher in France, than in the UK. Only 28% of the UK
    workforce have an intermediate-level qualification, compared with 51% in
    France and 65% in Germany. It is also estimated that there are over 7 million
    adult workers, or around 30% of the UK workforce, without a level 2
    qualification or above - ie five 'good' GCSEs (exams taken at the end of
    compulsory secondary education) at grades A*-C or a National Vocational
    Qualification (NVQ) level 2.

    [1] http://www.dfes.gov.uk/skillsstrategy/docs/fulldoc.pdf

  • Article
    20 juli 2003

    On 7 July 2003, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) published a
    consultation document [1] setting out how the UK government proposes to
    implement the EU information and consultation Directive (2002/14/EC) [2]
    (EU0204207F [3]), and inviting comments on draft Regulations. The approach
    taken by the draft Regulations is based on a framework established in
    discussions between ministers and representatives of the Confederation of
    British Industry (CBI) and the Trades Union Congress (TUC), who agreed an
    'outline scheme' for the implementing legislation which is incorporated in
    the consultation document. The draft Regulations also take account of
    responses to the DTI discussion paper published in July 2002 (UK0208101N
    [4]), and views expressed at a series of round-table discussions held around
    the country. The government is now consulting on the detail of draft
    Regulations, their practical operation, and the sort of guidance that
    employers and employees will need in applying the new legislation. The
    government has set a four-month consultation period (ie until 7 November
    2003) during which interested parties may submit comments and a second set of
    round-table discussions will be held.

    [1] http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/consultation/i_c_consdoc.pdf
    [2] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32002L0014&model=guichett
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/final-approval-given-to-consultation-directive
    [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/government-issues-discussion-paper-on-employee-involvement

  • Article
    20 juli 2003

    On 29 May 2003, the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) held a human
    resource management conference [1] in Dublin, which looked at examples of how
    Ireland’s public sector organisations are responding to the challenges
    posed by the current modernisation and 'change management' agenda, as
    described in the sections on delivering high-quality public services
    contained in the country's new national agreement, Sustaining progress [2]
    (IE0304201N [3]). Public sector employers and are facing negotiations on this
    modernisation agenda, and progress is expected as a 'quid quo pro' for the
    recent pay increases received by public sector workers under a 'benchmarking'
    exercise (IE0207203N [4]), which compared the pay of public servants with
    that in the private sector.

    [1] http://www.ipa.ie/downloads/HRConferenceBrochure.pdf
    [2] http://www.ictu.ie/html/publications/other/Sustaining Progress.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/benchmarking-body-recommends-public-sector-pay-awards

  • Newsletter
    14 juli 2003

    Communiqué is the newsletter of the Foundation It is published 6 times per year and provides up-to-date news and information on the Foundation's work and research. This issue contains the following articles: Better quality jobs will boost EU competitiveness; Social dialogue a vital tool for acceding countries in preparation for EMU; Industrial restructuring for economic and social growth; Understanding the knowledge society; Improving labour protection for economically dependent workers; Changes to the European industrial relations landscape.

  • 11 juli 2003

    The Foundation offers a wide variety of online information sources on the subject of industrial restructuring. This leaflet outlines different facets of restructuring and provides links to a large body of relevant Foundation work on this important subject. Industrial restructuring is a striking feature of the economic landscape in Europe today. Whatever the approach, restructuring represents an attempt at managing and anticipating change, simultaneously tackling issues of economic, social and environmental significance.

  • Article
    9 juli 2003

    In May 2003, a /methods agreement/ was signed between trade unions and
    management at GIAT Industries, the French arms manufacturer. The agreement
    sets out a procedure and timetable for consultations over a major
    restructuring plan involving large-scale job losses which the company
    announced in April. In line with this procedure, a draft 'company contract',
    outlining the state's commitments and GIAT's plans for the 2003-8 period, was
    presented in June and criticised by the unions.

  • Article
    9 juli 2003

    A reform of France's /UNEDIC/ unemployment insurance scheme agreed by
    employers' organisations and three trade union confederations in December
    2002 will substantially restrict unemployment benefit entitlements when new
    eligibility rules come into force on 1 January 2004. In mid-2003, UNEDIC
    issued figures indicating that cuts in entitlement will affect between
    610,000 and 860,000 people currently in receipt of benefit. These figures
    have fuelled new criticism from the union confederations (CGT and CGT-FO),
    which did not sign the reform agreement.

  • Article
    9 juli 2003

    In summer 2003, attempts are continuing to redeploy the 3,200 employees of
    the French airline, Air Lib, which went into liquidation in February.
    Meanwhile, the legal authorities and parliament have both been conducting
    investigations into the circumstances surrounding the takeover and subsequent
    bankruptcy of the company .

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  • 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.

  • European Restructuring Monitor

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  • 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).

  • New forms of employment

    This series reports on the new forms of employment emerging across Europe that are driven by societal, economic and technological developments and are different from traditional standard or non-standard employment in a number of ways. This series explores what characterises these new employment forms and what implications they have for working conditions and the labour market.

  • European Company Surveys

    The European Company Survey (ECS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2004–2005, with the latest edition in 2019. The survey is designed to provide information on workplace practices to develop and evaluate socioeconomic policy in the EU. It covers issues around work organisation, working time arrangements and work–life balance, flexibility, workplace innovation, employee involvement, human resource management, social dialogue, and most recently also skills use, skills strategies and digitalisation.

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