Eurofound’s long-established observatories on industrial relations (EIRO) and working conditions (EWCO) have since 2014 been combined to form EurWORK: the European Observatory of Working Life. EurWORK gathers all Eurofound's resources on working conditions and industrial relations, and is supported by a Network of Eurofound Correspondents across all EU Member States and Norway.
Eurofound runs two regular surveys on working life issues: the European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) and the European Company Survey (ECS).
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The demographic challenge of an ageing population and the increasing diversity of working life have led to an increased focus on the concept of sustainable work over the life course. This emphasises the relevance of the quality of a worker’s job and their working environment over the entire course of their working life.
Trade unions, employer organisations and public authorities all play a role in the governance of the employment relationship. They are interlocking parts in a system that operates at European, national, sectoral, regional and company level. In recent years, as technology and forms of work evolve within a constantly changing economic environment, industrial relations systems have faced key challenges.
Eurofound provides systematic and comparable data on national industrial relations systems and developments in working life through monitoring and reporting tools drawing on contributions from its network of correspondents across 28 Member States.
Featured - Latest developments on working life
What has taken place during the second quarter of 2019 in the industrial relations and working conditions landscape in European countries? There is no need to look further: you can get up-to-date information as reported by our Network of Eurofound Correspondents who, on a quarterly basis, chart the latest developments in those fields of observation. What resolutions were passed by Parliament in Austria on labour and social policy matters? What are the criticisms from Belgium employers’organisations regarding the support service for freelancers that is launched by the largest trade union confederation? What developments have been finally reached in Cyprus in the construction industry?
Be informed at a glance about the following issues and actions: • Rise of gig economy in the UK • Political agreement to improve the Danish working environment • High record in Germany on fixed-term employment • Digital transformation may represent a risk to the labour market in Czechia • The increase of labour rights violations in 2018 in Bulgaria • The ongoing disputes and strikes in Belgium in the aviation sector
- Overview: Developments in working life in Europe – Q2 2019
- Article: EU-level developments in working life – Q2 2019
Minimum wages in 2019 - Annual review
The involvement of social partners in national policymaking
Working conditions and workers' health
Rest breaks from work: Overview of regulations, research and practice
Seniority-based entitlements: Extent, policy debates and research
Measuring varieties of industrial relations in Europe: A quantitative analysis
Representativeness of the European social partner organisations: Hotels, restaurants and café (HORECA) sector
Representativeness of the European social partner organisations: Contract catering sector
Representativeness of the European social partner organisations – Commerce sector
Representativeness of the European social partner organisations – Inland water transport