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From Val Duchesse to Riga: how to relaunch social dialogue?

From Val Duchesse to Riga: how to relaunch social dialogue?

News   •   Apr 20, 2015 15:41 BST

On 21 and 22 April 2015 Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs in Riga again discussed informally ways towards a true and responsible social dialogue.

New report confirms people-centred workplace practices crucial for recovering Europe’s competitivenes

New report confirms people-centred workplace practices crucial for recovering Europe’s competitivenes

Press Releases   •   Mar 30, 2015 06:00 BST

Eurofound launches 3rd European Company Survey overview report at high-level EU Presidency conference ‘Workplace practices: creating win-win arrangements for companies and employees’

Restructuring in the public sector in Europe

Restructuring in the public sector in Europe

News   •   Mar 10, 2015 11:30 GMT

In the immediate aftermath of the recession in 2008, employment in the public sector continued to grow, helping to sustain demand in the European economy. However, by 2010 significant restructuring was underway in the public sector in several Member States. The ‘ERM Annual Report 2014 – Restructuring in the public sector’ provides an overview of restructuring trends in Member States since 2008.

Take-up rate of parental and paternity leave remains low across Europe

Take-up rate of parental and paternity leave remains low across Europe

News   •   Feb 26, 2015 14:25 GMT

The take-up rate of parental and paternity leave among fathers has been increasing in most Member States but it still remains relatively low. Covering all the EU Member States and Norway, this report looks at the most recent trends in terms of take-up of parental and paternity leave, existing provisions and factors influencing take-up rates.

Big differences in incidence of industrial action in companies across the EU

Big differences in incidence of industrial action in companies across the EU

News   •   Feb 17, 2015 10:25 GMT

The global economic and financial crisis brought to an end an era of relative calm with regards to collective industrial action, and the highest incidence of industrial action was not surprisingly found in countries worst hit by the crisis. Wednesday 18 February is the international day of action in defence of the right to strike, initiated by the International Trade Union Confederation ITUC.

​EU sanctions against Russia impact on reported restructuring job losses in Europe

​EU sanctions against Russia impact on reported restructuring job losses in Europe

News   •   Feb 05, 2015 14:45 GMT

Dramatic recent oil price declines have seen deflation take hold in the EU, and general price levels in December 2014 were 0.2% lower than a year earlier. ​EU sanctions against Russia impact on reported restructuring job losses in Europe. This is further evidence of a tentative European economic recovery that appears to be running out of steam, the latest ERM Quarterly report.

A spotlight on statutory minimum wage levels in Europe in 2015

A spotlight on statutory minimum wage levels in Europe in 2015

News   •   Feb 02, 2015 17:45 GMT

The minimum wage levels have begun to increase over the past two years, following years of no change. The latest quarterly update from EurWORK presents the most recent data on statutory minimum wages in Europe, applicable on 1 January 2015, and an overview of the discussions leading to the final settlements made in 2014.

Eurofound launches the sixth edition of its survey assessing working conditions across Europe

Eurofound launches the sixth edition of its survey assessing working conditions across Europe

Press Releases   •   Jan 29, 2015 11:00 GMT

Eurofound launches the fieldwork for the 6th European Working Conditions Survey (6th EWCS). With over 43,000 interviews with workers in 35 countries, the survey offers a comparative snapshot of the state of working conditions and its changing trends in Europe. The first findings of the 6th EWCS will be presented at the end of 2015.

​Eurofound’s 2015 Annual Work Programme

​Eurofound’s 2015 Annual Work Programme

Press Releases   •   Jan 12, 2015 12:30 GMT

Eurofound’s 2015 work programme outlines a dual challenge for the European Union and the Member States: finding a way out of the crisis while pursuing the mid-term ambition of achieving progress towards a competitive and fair Europe. Although the financial situation in Europe seems to have stabilised, the recovery is still very modest and needs to be consolidated.

Crisis has affected supply and demand in healthcare

Crisis has affected supply and demand in healthcare

Press Releases   •   Nov 19, 2014 11:55 GMT

In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, many European governments have cut spending on healthcare services. A new report from Eurofound identifies the groups most likely to face barriers to healthcare as a consequence of the crisis, including a number of new groups that have been generally overlooked by policymakers.

Levels of work-related stress, and violence and harassment, are still high in European workplaces

Levels of work-related stress, and violence and harassment, are still high in European workplaces

Press Releases   •   Oct 13, 2014 08:45 BST

A new report out today gives a broad overview on psychosocial risks at European workplaces and provides examples on the way forward at political as well as company level. The report is presented today to national labour inspectors and practitioners from several southern European countries in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and to EU-level policymakers in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday 16 October 2014.

The future of the European Social Model – New perspectives for industrial relations, social and employment policy in Europe?

The future of the European Social Model – New perspectives for industrial relations, social and employment policy in Europe?

News   •   Sep 10, 2014 15:45 BST

Eurofound hosts the 2014 annual Industrial Relations Europe Conference (IREC) between 11-12 September 2014. The event gathers Europe's leading Industrial Relations experts and researchers, sharing research findings and looking ahead to new perspectives for industrial relations, social and employment policies in Europe.

Europe is struggling to deliver improved living and working conditions for all

Europe is struggling to deliver improved living and working conditions for all

Press Releases   •   Jul 14, 2014 09:42 BST

Eurofound’s fifth annual yearbook, Living and working in Europe, based on the Agency’s research from 2013, describes developments in the EU in the wake of the crisis, focusing on major topic areas including changes in labour markets and employment, efforts to tackle youth unemployment, innovation in workplaces and public trust in institutions.

Working time and annual holidays divide Europe

Working time and annual holidays divide Europe

Press Releases   •   Jun 24, 2014 13:30 BST

The average collectively agreed weekly working time in the European Union stood at 38.1 hours in 2013, according to Eurofound’s latest working time update. The combined total of agreed annual leave and public holidays in the EU varied from 40 days in Germany and France to 29 days in Belgium - a difference of more than two working weeks. The Working Time Developments in Europe 2013 report is out.

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Social dialogue as a driver in shaping and improving employment and working conditions in the EU

Press Releases   •   Jun 20, 2014 09:57 BST

In cooperation with the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Eurofound is organising a high-level conference Social Dialogue as a driver in shaping and improving employment and working conditions in the EU in Athens on Monday 23 June 2014. Keynote speakers include Nobel Price winner Sir Christopher Pissarides and Ioannis Vroutsis, Minister of Labour, Social Security and Welfare.

Europe's wage-setting mechanisms under the spotlight

Europe's wage-setting mechanisms under the spotlight

News   •   Jun 18, 2014 12:59 BST

The crisis has triggered considerable changes in wage-bargaining regimes in a number of countries, further extending the existing tendency towards decentralisation in others. Eurofound launches today a report on 'Changes to wage-setting mechanisms in the context of the crisis and the EU’s new economic governance regime' at a lunch time debate with European Social Partners in Brussels, Belgium.

Work preferences after 50

Work preferences after 50

News   •   Jun 16, 2014 10:05 BST

Part-time work facilitates a better work–life balance – particularly, it seems, for people aged 50+. Among people aged 50+, both in and out of employment, there is a preference for more part-time options. Today we launch our new Foundation Findings - 3EQLS Policy Brief - on Work preferences after 50.

Purchasing power of EU workers rising, despite limited collectively agreed pay increases

Purchasing power of EU workers rising, despite limited collectively agreed pay increases

Press Releases   •   Jun 12, 2014 13:39 BST

Nominal collectively agreed pay increases remained limited in the majority of EU Member States in 2013. However, because of lower inflation rates, employees in a number of European countries saw the purchasing power of their wages increase, reflecting a change from the post-crisis trend that had been observed since 2011. Eurofound’s annual update on pay is out.

Social dialogue in micro and small companies in Europe

Social dialogue in micro and small companies in Europe

News   •   May 26, 2014 13:18 BST

Micro and small companies constitute the backbone of private business in Europe. Despite their crucial place in the economy, there has been little research on role of social dialogue for good working conditions, and implementing health & safety at the workplace, in micro and small companies. Eurofound's new report out today is about to change that.

Families feeling the brunt of increasing social inequalities in Europe

Families feeling the brunt of increasing social inequalities in Europe

News   •   Apr 29, 2014 09:55 BST

Eurofound publishes a report which looks at families in the economic crisis, and outlines relevant kinds of policies and services that can best protect families from the risks of poverty and social exclusion, in such areas as social protection benefits, housing, childcare and healthcare. The findings are presented at a Greek EU Presidency conference in Athens, Greece, today 29 April.