EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Articles

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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  • Czech Republic: Survey points to rise in collective agreements on commitment to raise wages

    According to the 2015 Information on Working Conditions survey, there has been a significant increase in the number of collective agreements in the Czech Republic containing commitments on overall wage increases and commitments to increase salary tariff. However, the number of agreements dealing with bonuses and benefits remained practically the same.
  • Portugal: Latest working life developments – Q2 2016

    The re-introduction of four holidays and the 35-hour week in the public sector; as well as job precariousness and unemployment, are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Portugal in the first quarter of 2016.
  • Czech Republic: Latest working life developments – Q2 2016

    A shortage of workers, proposals to recruit from abroad, union objections to cheap labour, restrictions on shop opening hours and the introduction of paternity leave are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in the Czech Republic in the second quarter of 2016.
  • Netherlands: Latest working life developments – Q2 2016

    Pensions and flexible work, more rights for works councils and the latest data on industrial action and collective agreements are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in the Netherlands in the second quarter of 2016.
  • Luxembourg: Latest working life developments – Q2 2016

    Changes in working time flexibility and demands for the revaluation of careers and qualifications in the health and social care sectors are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Luxembourg in the second quarter of 2016.
  • Estonia: Industrial relations and occupational health and safety – second Work Life Survey 2015

    In 2015, the second Estonian Work Life Survey was conducted by Statistics Estonia. This article describes some of the results of the survey, focusing on industrial relations and occupational health. The results showed that the collective agreement coverage rate as well as the level of employee representation is very low, as is employee awareness about the existence of their representatives.
  • Finland: Longer, fast-rotating shifts better for employee health

    A new study by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health shows that the harmful effects of shift work can be alleviated by using fast-rotating 12-hour shifts instead of 8-hour shifts. Industrial employees working 12-hour shifts reported greater job satisfaction, more alertness and better sleep, health and performance at work.
  • France: Developments in working life – Q1 2016

    Government plans to combat high levels of unemployment, controversial revisions to the Labour Code, negotiations about unemployment insurance schemes and the impact of digitalisation on working life are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in France in the first quarter of 2016.
  • Norway: Developments in working life – Q1 2016

    Rising unemployment, the start of the biannual collective bargaining round, a report from the expert committee on working time, and a new report focusing on young workers and sustainable work life are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Norway in the first quarter of 2016.
  • Luxembourg: Developments in working life – Q1 2016

    Tax reforms welcomed by social partners, failed negotiations over working time legislation, a slight decrease in unemployment levels, and reforms to parental leave allowance are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Luxembourg in the first quarter of 2016.

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