A monitoring instrument offering news and analysis on European industrial relations, the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) has been published online since 1997. EIRO is part of Eurofound’s Network of European Observatories (NEO) together with the European Working Conditions Observatory (EWCO) and the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM). Its purpose is to collect, analyse and disseminate high-quality and up-to-date information on key developments in industrial relations in Europe. It aims primarily to serve the needs of national and European level organisations of the social partners, governmental organisations and EU institutions.
EIRO is based on a network of leading research institutes in the EU, acceding and candidate countries and Norway. There is also a centre covering developments at the EU level. EIRO work is regularly discussed with a tripartite Advisory Committee, which is composed of representatives of employers, trade unions, member state governments and the European Commission, ensuring the objectivity and quality of the information provided. EIRO also co-operates with other international institutions, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In order to complement the coverage of industrial relations developments in Europe, EIRO has been collaborating with experts in Japan and USA in the production of an annual comparative overview of industrial relations since 2000.
The database contains more than 11,000 records, dating from 1997 to the present. These comprise:
- News articles
- Comparative studies with executive summaries in all EU languages
- Studies on European social partner organisations and their representativeness
- Annual reviews
- Annual updates on key issues such as pay and working time
- Thematic and sectoral analyses
EIRO articles are listed by country, sector and also in chronological order. Comparative and other studies are easily accessible from the website under the 'Comparative information' heading, with their associated executive summaries. Full text search can be carried out on all EIRO records and results can be narrowed down by country, sector and date using the advanced search facility.
- Check the EIRO home page for the latest articles
- Log in or sign up to subscribe to the Eurofound Observer, a monthly selection of articles and news from Eurofound's observatories
For further information:
Please contact the EIRO Information Officer, Camilla Galli da Bino
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