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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.

Positive effects of steel workers’ direct participation in managing health, safety and psychosocial risks at the workplace

Positive effects of steel workers’ direct participation in managing health, safety and psychosocial risks at the workplace

Press Releases   •   Apr 08, 2014 12:30 BST

Encouraging people to talk about their problems at work, especially psychosocial problems, is a key element in prevention strategies. Eurofound releases a new report that looks at industrial relations practices regarding health and safety strategies in the European steel sector by analysing company practices in ArcelorMittal (FR), Rautaruukki (FIN) and Salzgitter AG (DE).

Follow the debate: Citizen action for better family policies #FamiliesVOTE2014

Follow the debate: Citizen action for better family policies #FamiliesVOTE2014

News   •   Mar 27, 2014 14:30 GMT

What can the European Union do for families in terms of improved well-being, work-life balance and care? The countdown is ON for the #FamiliesVOTE2014 debate 13:00 - 15:00 CET on 28 March, aimed at helping families make the choice for the 2014 European Parliament elections #EP2014..

Increase in young people living at home across EU since onset of economic crisis

Increase in young people living at home across EU since onset of economic crisis

Press Releases   •   Mar 25, 2014 08:30 GMT

The number of young people living at home with their parents across Europe has increased from 44% to 48% between 2007 and 2011, according to new research by Eurofound. The ‘Social situation of young people in Europe’, presented to policymakers in Dublin today, offer comparative insight across EU Member States of the social situation of youth in Europe and evolving trends.

2014: Citizen Action for better family policies #FamiliesVOTE2014 debate

2014: Citizen Action for better family policies #FamiliesVOTE2014 debate

News   •   Mar 18, 2014 10:45 GMT

The economic crisis has hit EU countries hard, and the unemployment rate of women and young people have risen to unprecedented levels. This puts a lot of pressure on families, and the EU as a whole. What can be done to ensure young people have either a job, or an internship or a place in education or training? Join the debate on what the EU can and will do for families’ wellbeing on 28 March.

Wage setting mechanisms and minimum wages under the spotlight in Europe

Wage setting mechanisms and minimum wages under the spotlight in Europe

Press Releases   •   Mar 06, 2014 15:00 GMT

The 'Pay in Europe in the 21st century' report provides comparative time series on wage-bargaining outcomes across the EU Member States and Norway. It also investigates the different systems and levels of minimum wages in Europe at present, evaluating the implications of a hypothetical scenario of a minimum wage set at 60% of the median national wage.

High levels of restructuring activity in the midst of improved economic outlook for Europe

High levels of restructuring activity in the midst of improved economic outlook for Europe

Press Releases   •   Feb 11, 2014 13:15 GMT

Recent months have seen an improvement in economic outlook but large-scale restructuring activity in the EU continues to result in greater announced job losses than job gains. The latest European Restructuring Monitor ERM quarterly is out, highlighting job loss and job creation activities and restructuring trends across the European Union.

Bullied workers report significantly higher levels of work-related ill-health

Bullied workers report significantly higher levels of work-related ill-health

News   •   Feb 04, 2014 10:45 GMT

Workplace violence is a social phenomenon of a certain magnitude. Overall, approximately 6% of European workers report having experienced some form of workplace violence, either physical or psychological, in the past 12 months. Eurofound has charted and monitored workplace violence since 1995, and its latest Foundation Findings show big differences between countries and sectors.

Quality of life trends in Europe over the past decade

Quality of life trends in Europe over the past decade

News   •   Jan 27, 2014 17:11 GMT

Overall subjective well-being has remained stable, but happiness and work-life balance levels have declined, and more people are having trouble making ends meet. This report explores patterns of change in the quality of life in Europe over the last decade, focusing on aspects of everyday life, economic factors, and on issues relevant to public policy, using Eurofound's multidimensional approach.

Understanding Europe’s wage-setting mechanisms

Understanding Europe’s wage-setting mechanisms

News   •   Jan 20, 2014 14:05 GMT

While arrangements for wage setting remain the competence of the social partners in line with national industrial relations practices, increasingly they are becoming part of a coordinated approach to macroeconomic policies in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Eurofound publishes a unique database on collective wage bargaining levels and outcomes in all EU Member States over the past decade.

The economic crisis has significantly reduced the rate of offshoring in Europe

The economic crisis has significantly reduced the rate of offshoring in Europe

Press Releases   •   Dec 04, 2013 18:30 GMT

The offshoring share of restructuring job loss in Europe peaked before the 2008–2009 crisis and has remained lower ever since, according to the 2013 annual report of the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) - Monitoring and managing restructuring in the 21st century. The report also presents a retrospective of over a decade of monitoring the impact of large-scale restructuring activity in Europe.

Despite recession, EU companies have difficulties finding workers with the right skills

Despite recession, EU companies have difficulties finding workers with the right skills

Press Releases   •   Nov 26, 2013 06:30 GMT

In the midst of Europe’s greatest recession, 40% of all EU companies have difficulties finding workers with the right skills. For innovative companies, this is even more challenging. This emerges from Eurofound’s third European Company Survey (ECS), launched in Brussels on 26 November 2013. The European Company Survey (ECS) maps what is happening in companies across the European Union.

Inequalities in well-being rise in Europe during crisis

Inequalities in well-being rise in Europe during crisis

Press Releases   •   Nov 18, 2013 22:26 GMT

While life satisfaction increased marginally across the European Union between 2007 and 2011, happiness and optimism levels have fallen and perceived social exclusion has increased, indicating a decline in overall well-being in many European countries. Eurofound’s new report is the first in a series of reports which covers trends in quality of life in Europe over the past decade.