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 Eurofound 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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  • UK: Survey on well-being and stress of civil servants

    Changing patterns of work organisation for civil servants in the UK are examined in a new report based on surveys of union members. Its recommendations could have wider applicability in the public sector because, since the research was undertaken, the right to request flexible working arrangements has been extended to all employees.
  • Austria: Dispute over doctors' pay in wake of EU working time law

    A new agreement on the pay and working time of physicians in Vienna has been overwhelmingly rejected in a ballot of physicians, but the municipal government is reluctant to reopen negotiations.
  • Greece: Changes to shop opening hours and working time

    The introduction of shop opening on seven selected Sundays and every Sunday in 10 pilot areas has been a significant development for the retail sector. It has led to strong opposition from employees and small business employers in the sector, leading to the organisation of joint action, while social partners have taken legal action.
  • UK: Survey finds unpaid overtime common among school support staff

    A survey of more than 15,000 school support staff by the trade union Unison has highlighted widespread concern over low pay and high workloads. The survey, published in November 2014, revealed that almost three-quarters of respondents regularly worked unpaid overtime. Unison is pursuing the issues raised by the survey with the Department for Education.
  • Estonia: Identifying ways to improve the parental leave system

    This study looked at parental leave schemes and benefits in place in Estonia with a view to assessing how well the existing system meets the needs of parents and employers. The aim was to identify new solutions to support policy development and to suggest ways to change the system to support work–life balance better and to increase the take-up of parental leave by fathers.
  • Finland: Working Life Barometer 2013

    The Finnish Working Life Barometer is a survey of working conditions from the perspective of employees, conducted annually by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy since 1992. The focus of this article is the 2013 Barometer. It offers a summary of the main findings and an overview of the current issues.
  • Poland: Workers support idea of Saturday working

    Most people in Poland would happily work on a Saturday according to a recent survey.
  • Malta: Business organisation calls for more flexibility

    On 8 December 2014, the Chamber of Commerce held a press conference to discuss economic prospects for 2015.
  • Croatia: The new Labour Act

    Before the introduction of Croatia's new Labour Act, strict employment protection legislation meant a lack of labour market flexibility. The new law aims to increase the number of employed people, allow employers to develop more flexible business models and adapt to market demands, maintain employee protection and combat the grey economy.
  • Sweden: Gothenburg municipality implements 30-hour working week

    The municipal council of Gothenburg decided in April 2014 to enact a one-year experiment where they would reduce working hours to 30 hours a week with full pay in at least one city department to evaluate the effects of working time reductions on health, employment and quality of work.