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).
EurWORK focuses on
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.
Latest developments on working life
What has taken place during the 3rd quarter of 2018 in the industrial relations and working conditions landscape in European countries? Look no further – get up-to-date information as reported by our Network of Eurofound Correspondents who, on a quarterly basis, keep us abreast of the latest developments in those fields of observation. What industrial actions took place in Belgium and Latvia? What recommendations on occupational health services have been made in Norway? What is the purpose of the ‘dignity decree’ voted in Italy? How is Germany tackling labour shortages?
Be informed at a glance about the following issues: – Progress on minimum wages in four Member States – Recent moves on social protection for the unemployed – How Germany is tackling labour shortages – What the British Parliament has recommended in relation to the gender pay gap – How the new law on working time in Denmark allows employees to take holidays – Why Greece has had a boost in sectoral collective bargaining.
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
Representativeness of the European social partner organisations – Steel sector
Representativeness of the European social partner organisations – Metal sector
Annual review of working life 2017
Developments in collectively agreed pay 2000-2017
Discrimination against men at work: Experiences in five countries
Salary-setting mechanisms across the EU