9 March 2023
Restructuring is a term used to describe a wide range of activities which lead to the reorganisation of an enterprise. Restructuring can have serious consequences for the workforce as far as levels of employment and terms and conditions of employment offered to workers are concerned.
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The EU institutions jointly proclaimed the European Pillar of Social Rights in November 2017, the principles of which are structured around three categories: equal opportunities and access to the labour market; fair working conditions; and social protection and inclusion.Read more
The EU institutions jointly proclaimed the European Pillar of Social Rights in November 2017, the principles of which are structured around three categories: equal opportunities and access to the labour market; fair working conditions; and social protection and inclusion. In the area of social dialogue and involvement of workers, the Pillar highlights that workers or their representatives have the right to be informed and consulted in good time on matters relevant to them, in particular on the transfer, restructuring and merger of undertakings and on collective redundancies.
- European Commission: The European Pillar of Social Rights in 20 principles
- Topic: European Pillar of Social Rights
Restructuring at regional levelRead more
Restructuring at regional level
Eurofound’s European Jobs Monitor (EJM) monitors structural change in European labour markets, analysing where jobs are being lost and where they are being created. It analyses shifts in the employment structure in terms of occupation and sector, both at Member State and regional level. Recent analysis takes the region rather than the Member States as the main unit of analysis. It shows that a growth of within-country inequality often has a strong regional dimension and places a focus on regionally unbalanced growth.
Complementing this research, since 2002 the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) has been monitoring the employment impact of large-scale restructuring events in Europe. Restructuring events include company reorganisation, outsourcing, business closure, downsizing or expansion, mergers & acquisitions, relocation, offshoring and reshoring. The ERM also examines the impact on working conditions.
- Database: Restructuring events
- Publication: Effects of restructuring at regional level and approaches to dealing with the consequences
The ERM restructuring support instruments database provides information on more than 300 measures implemented in the Member States of the EU and Norway. National governments, employers’ organisations and trade unions are among the key bodies providing support measures for companies that are restructuring, as well as for the employees affected. This database can be used to search for EU, domestic, regional and local level support measures.
- Database: Restructuring support instruments
Key outputs over the years
Publications & dataTop
The sections below provide access to a range of publications, data and ongoing work on this topic.
- Publications (386)
- Ongoing work
Eurofound publications come in a variety of formats, including reports, policy briefs, blogs, articles and presentations.
Job creation in SMEs: ERM annual report 2015Publication 27 January 2016
ERM Quarterly - Quarter 4, January 2016Publication 20 January 2016
Turbulent times in air transport: Recent collective disputes and the ‘race to the bottom’Publication 9 December 2015
Job creation in SMEs - RésuméPublication 18 November 2015
ERM Quarterly - Quarter 3, October 2015Publication 21 October 2015
ERM Quarterly - Quarter 2, July 2015Publication 29 July 2015
Better anticipate changes and restructuring in public administrations in Europe: the role played by the information and consultation of workersEvent 25 June 2015
ERM Quarterly - Quarter 1, April 2015Publication 28 April 2015
Portugal: Jobs threat to 16,000 ‘precarious’ workersArticle 25 March 2015
Research continues in this topic on a variety of themes, which are outlined below with links to forthcoming titles.