EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Country update

Country updates summarise developments at national level and are published 4 times a year. They are based on reporting from Eurofound’s network of European correspondents.

  • Slovenia: Latest working life developments – Q4 2016

    An agreement on public sector wages, union representation for precarious workers, better income tax legislation for minimum wage recipients and companies, plus new rules for social dialogue, are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Slovenia in the last quarter of 2016.

  • Italy: Latest working life developments – Q4 2016

    Measures to make retirement more flexible, a new collective agreement for the metalworking sector, newly published employment figures and planned referendums on mini-jobs and subcontracting are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Italy in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Norway: Latest working life developments – Q4 2016

    A slight fall in unemployment, new legislation on workplace violence, as well as formal notice from the European Surveillance Authority about the general application of collective agreements, are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Norway in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Latvia: Latest working life developments – Q4 2016

    The adoption of the 2017 State budget, an increase in the minimum wage to €380 and a protest by employers over changes to the microenterprise tax are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Latvia in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Poland: Latest working life developments – Q4 2016

    Protests against the proposed education reform, a new chairperson for the central tripartite body, the return of lower retirement ages and deregulation measures for businesses are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Poland in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Estonia: Latest Working life developments – Q4 2016

    The new government taking office, changes in tax legislation and rules on health and sickness, posted workers and foreigners, and a pay rise for cultural workers are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Estonia in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Bulgaria: Latest working life developments – Q4 2016

    Political uncertainty alongside positive economic trends, including increased GDP and falling unemployment, are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Bulgaria in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Cyprus: Latest working life developments – Q4 2016

    The rapid increase in income inequality, the continuation of work stoppages in primary schools and a new framework agreement covering public sector collective agreements are the are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Cyprus in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Portugal: Latest working life developments – Q4 2016

    The approval of the State budget for 2017, a tripartite commitment on the minimum wage and the debate on the revitalisation of collective bargaining are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Portugal in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Malta: Latest working life developments – Q4 2016

    Sharp reactions from employers about proposals to increase the minimum wage and a draft equality law, plus the continuing search for a partner for Air Malta, are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Malta in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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