Europe

Europe – Eurofound launches the first findings of the 6th EWCS

November 26, 2015

The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) is a wide-ranging survey of workers carried out by Eurofound every five years since 1991 and is a unique tool to measure job quality in Europe (and beyond). Among the positive changes this survey shows in 2015, just launched, is that the majority of the workforce is satisfied with […]


Europe – European social partners lobby to save civil aviation

November 26, 2015

According to IR Notes from the 18 November 2015, the European Parliament on 11 November adopted a resolution concerning a future raft of measures for the aviation sector. In the so-called “aviation package”, adopted with a large majority, the MEPs showed they were listening to the European social partners. More information can be found here: […]


Europe – CEDEFOP stands for making apprenticeships work in SMEs

November 26, 2015

SMEs employ two thirds of the European workforce and they need to secure qualified workers to be competitive. But an unfavourable business environment, burden some legislation and internal shortfalls make many of them reluctant to engage in training apprentices. A Briefing Note from CEDEFOP stresses that we need to make apprenticeships work for small and […]


Europe – Project final report on lifelong learning and innovation growth

November 12, 2015

The project LLLight’in’Europe has published its final report. The project contributed to the knowledge of the experiences and practices of enterprises in relation to the lifelong learning and innovation growth. Further information can be accessed in the project website: http://www.lllightineurope.com/home/


Europe – Eurofound publishes on working conditions of disadvantaged occupations

November 12, 2015

On the 31 October 2015, the Eurofound has published a report which explores the working conditions of workers – particularly medium-to-low skilled and unskilled – in occupations that are found to have low levels of job quality as measured by four key indicators: earnings, prospects, working time and intrinsic job quality. The report can be accessed here: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/report/2015/working-conditions/improving-working-conditions-in-occupations-with-multiple-disadvantages


Europe – Report focus on measures that allow combining work and care

October 29, 2015

A recent Eurofound study shows the challenges involved in combining work and care, and what measures are available to working careers to allow them to balance these demands. Such measures may be contained in national labour legislation, collective agreements or company initiatives – or in a combination of the three. The report can be accessed here: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/report/2015/working-conditions-social-policies/working-and-caring-reconciliation-measures-in-times-of-demographic-change


Europe – Report shows more wage moderation in centralized than in decentralized bargaining

October 29, 2015

Wage moderation is more likely in centralised bargaining according to the report «Pay in Europe in Different Wage-Bargaining Regimes» prepared by Eurofound. This report can be accessed here: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/report/2015/industrial-relations/pay-in-europe-in-different-wage-bargaining-regimes


Europe – Report shows that social dialogue reports better company performance

October 29, 2015

An article published in the Foundation Focus from September 2015 and based on the third European Company Survey shows that companies where social dialogue is characterised by relatively high levels of mutual trust reports better company performance and overall workplace well-being. You can access this publication here: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_publication/field_ef_document/ef1537en.pdf


Europe – Announcement of book presentation on hard work in new jobs in Europe

October 29, 2015

The book ‘Hard Work in New Jobs’ investigates hard work and new and expanding jobs in Europe. The interrelationship between the labour market and welfare regimes, quality of work and quality of life is played out at many levels. The book will be presented by the editors, one of which is a member of IRENE […]


Europe – Book focus on lack of investment and its impact in a sustainable company

October 29, 2015

The causes and the social and environmental consequences of the lack of long-term investment around the world and the sustainable company are now discussed in a book published by ETUI. This book was produced by the GOODCORP network of academic and trade union experts on corporate governance and can be bought or just consulted here: […]