EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life


EurWORK articles cover working life in Europe, in particular the fields of industrial relations and working conditions. The articles are based on quarterly reporting provided by the network of European correspondents.

  • Topical updates summarise and update developments around selected topics, which are relevant across a number of Member States at the same time
  • Spotlight reports cover in more depth country-level events, debates and changes in regulation related to working life, aiming to provide a balanced view of all parties’ positions
  • Research in Focus articles report on important research findings (including surveys) from the national level, often, but not exclusively, in the area of working conditions
  • In brief articles are short news items drawn from the correspondents' quarterly reports
  • Country updates summarise developments at national level and are published 4 times a year

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  • Latest statistics show an overall increase in the number of union members in Denmark despite a decrease in traditional trade union membership.
  • On 4 February 2016, a parliamentary debate took place initiated by liberal parties VVD and D66 on issues regarding the collective bargaining system and the extension of agreements, which they believe distorts the labour market.
  • The aim of the 2016 Stability Law is to create stable permanent work for younger, less experienced workers while ensuring that the skills and experience of the older generation are not lost, and that shorter working hours or reduced social contributions do not erode entitlement to welfare benefits and pensions.
  • Slovenian employer organisations withdrew from the 2015–2016 social agreement at the end of November 2015, after Parliament approved amendments to the law on the minimum wage. Employers said the government had acted unacceptably and arbitrarily in making the changes. Trade unions, however, argue that vulnerable workers had to be protected.
  • Delegates at the 2015 autumn congresses of the two union confederations LO and FTF agreed to find a basis for closer cooperation. A steering committee now has until the end of 2017 to formulate proposals for a partial or full merger to put before their members.
  • The increasing use of temporary work, and temporary agency work in particular, has been addressed in two recently published
  • The Conservative government’s Trade Union Act was passed in May 2016, introducing more stringent rules for strike ballots and industrial action. It also changes the regulations on union political funds, which could reduce the opposition Labour Party’s income. Opposition from unions and the House of Lords forced significant changes to the government’s original proposals.
  • The results of a large-scale survey show a high prevalence of pregnancy and maternity-related discrimination experienced by mothers in the workplace.
  • In Spain, the General Union of Workers (UGT) has published a report on work-related diseases, including occupational diseases and non-traumatic pathologies (which are diseases caused or aggravated by the job). Some 24,768 work-related diseases were recorded in Spain in 2015, representing an 11% increase on the level registered in 2014.
  • The withdrawal of employers from the social agreement, strikes by police and energy sector workers, negotiations for the new public sector wage agreement, and a new collective agreement in the private security sector are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Slovenia in the first quarter of 2016.