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European Company Survey 2009 - Overview


Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2010 - ISBN 978-92-897-0863-0

Survey 2009 on flexibility practices and social dialogue is the second European-wide establishment survey to be undertaken by Eurofound. The survey documents flexibility strategies in firms and is a unique source of comparative information on social dialogue at the workplace. According to management and employee representatives in 27,000 public and private establishments across Europe, working time flexibility is the most common type of flexibility available in European companies. More than half of all establishments with 10 or more employees in the EU27 use some type of flexi-time arrangement. This reflects a substantial increase on the situation four years ago as measured in the first European Company Survey, which covered 21 countries. The European Company Survey also looked at views and experiences regarding workplace social dialogue. The survey found that six out of ten employees in Europe are covered by some form of recognised employee representation. The findings paint a picture of robust practices of  orkplace social dialogue in Europe, while also pointing to limitations and important differences across Europe.

author(s): European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions - A.Riedmann, G van Gyes,
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