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Eurofound publishes its work in a range of publication formats to match audience needs and the nature of the output. These include flagship reports on a particular area of activity, research reports summarising the findings of a research project and policy briefs presenting policy pointers from research projects or facts and figures relevant to policy debates. Also included are blog articles, regular articles on working life in Europe, presentations, working papers providing background material to ongoing or already concluded research, and reports arising from ad hoc requests by policymakers. Other corporate publications include annual reports, brochures and promotional publications. Web databases and online resources such as data visualisation applications are available in Data and resources.


  • Employers reject draft bill on harassment and sexual discrimination

    The Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (Chambre de Commerce Luxembourg, CDC [1]) describes harassment in the workplace as ‘a scourge’ which must be tackled, on the grounds that it undermines an atmosphere of good working relations which is conducive to efficiency. Nevertheless, during the consultation of the social partners, CDC rejected in its present form the proposed bill which is intended to combat harassment and sexual discrimination. The draft bill will transpose into national law European Directive 2002/73/EC [2] amending Council Directive 76/207/EEC on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment of men and women as regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion, and working conditions. CDC believes that the draft bill’s definition of the problem – while covering the definition which appears in the directive – is vague and imprecise and creates legal uncertainty which risks opening the door to various abuses. [1] http://www.cc.lu/ [2] http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:32002L0073:EN:HTML
  • Force ouvrière criticises European integration process at annual congress

    The General Confederation of Labour – /Force ouvrière/ (Confédération générale du travail – Force ouvrière, CGT-FO [1]) held its confederal congress from 23 to 27 June 2007 in the city of Lille in northern France. [1] http://www.force-ouvriere.fr/
  • Few Spanish workers benefit from flexible working time

    Flexibility [1] in working time is one of the most valuable tools that individuals have to reconcile work with other aspects of life, particularly in relation to family duties. Thus, this practice is gradually extending throughout European workplaces as an effective way to reconcile work and personal or family life. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/flexibility
  • Temporary agency work in Estonia

    In January 2007, the Research Centre Klaster (Uuringukeskus Klaster [1]) and the University of Tartu (Tartu Ülikool [2]) conducted a survey on temporary agency work [3] in Estonia at the initiative of the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs (Sotsiaalministeerium [4]). The survey aimed to map the situation of temporary agency work and the level of regulation required, as no specific regulations on this form of employment yet exist in Estonia. [1] http://www.klaster.ee/index_eng.html [2] http://www.ut.ee/index.aw/set_lang_id=2 [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/temporary-agency-work [4] http://www.sm.ee/eng/pages/index.html
  • Attractive workplace for all: a contribution to the Lisbon strategy at company level - National report for the United Kingdom

    The Foundation project ‘Attractive workplace for all: A contribution to the Lisbon Strategy at company level’ aims at identifying pioneer company practices, policies and agreements and showing how the Lisbon strategy is being implemented on the ground at company level. Examples of innovative company practice were gathered from several Member States. In this report, case examples for the UK are organised under the following six thematic headings: fostering employability; increasing labour market participation of underemployed groups; integration into the labour market of people at risk of exclusion; make work pay, make work attractive; towards a balanced flexibility; and business creation and entrepreneurship.
  • Foundation Findings: Balans mellan arbete och privatliv – Att lösa dilemmat

    This issue of Foundation Findings deals with work-life balance in Europe. The EU needs to increase employment rates to ensure continued economic growth and promote social inclusion. To do this, it needs to make it easier for individuals to combine their work and family commitments to facilitate people – women in particular – to enter the labour market. Foundation Findings provide pertinent background information and policy pointers for all actors and interested parties engaged in the current European debate on the future of social policy. The contents are based on Foundation research and reflect its autonomous and tripartite structure.
  • Industrial relations in the EU, Japan, US and other global economies, 2005–2006

    In the context of global competition, it is increasingly relevant to look at Europe’s economic development in a wider perspective. This report gives an overview of the main industrial relations developments in the European Union, Japan and the US in 2005 and 2006. It charts the similarities and trends in industrial relations as well as the differences in basic structures and developments between these three major economies.
  • Trade union sets out key targets for national talks

    Speaking at the biennial conference of the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU [1]), held on 2–5 October 2007, SIPTU General President Jack O’Connor warned that ‘certain issues’ must be faced up to if the trade union is to continue in social partnership under the national agreement Towards 2016 (2.86Mb PDF) [2]. The union leader highlighted a number of issues, including equal treatment for temporary agency workers, the right to representation at work and the pensions ‘time bomb’. As the country’s largest trade union, SIPTU is a hugely influential voice within the Irish trade union movement. [1] http://www.siptu.ie/ [2] http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/attached_files/Pdf files/Towards2016PartnershipAgreement.pdf
  • Agreement for foreign-based pilots at Aer Lingus settles dispute

    An agreement between Aer Lingus [1] and the pilots’ representative trade union, the Irish Municipal Public and Civil Trade Union (IMPACT [2]), is expected to lay down an industrial relations precedent for any future foreign bases planned by the former state-owned airline. Aer Lingus, which was privatised in 2006, plans to open its new Belfast operations on 10 December 2007. [1] http://www.aerlingus.com/ [2] http://www.impact.ie/iopen24/pub/
  • Opposition party calls for upgrading of economic and social council

    The Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD [1]) was established by law in 2001, to act as an advisory body to the government while providing a forum for consultation and dialogue between the social partners. However, over the years, social partners have often complained that the council was unable to fulfil its purpose, due primarily to insufficient human and financial resources. [1] http://www.mcesd.org.mt/

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