Industrial action

19 Bealtaine 2022

Industrial action is one of the fundamental means available to workers and their organisations to solve labour disputes and promote their economic and social interests.Read more

Industrial action is one of the fundamental means available to workers and their organisations to solve labour disputes and promote their economic and social interests. It can take many forms, from the complete withdrawal of labour for an indefinite period to more restricted forms of collective action in which there is no cessation of work. The right to strike is explicitly recognised in the constitutions and/or laws of many countries. At EU level, the right to strike is enshrined in Article 28 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The right to collective action by the social partners is also included in the European Pillar of Social Rights.  Eurofound is currently exploring the feasibility of an industrial action monitor. 

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Recent updates

Working life in the COVID-19 pandemic 2021

This publication consists of individual country reports on working life during 2021 for 28 countries – the 27 EU Member...

Collective labour disputes in the EU

In recent years, apart from some intermittent spikes, there has been a general decrease in industrial action across the...

Publications & data

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The sections below provide access to a range of publications, data and ongoing work on this topic. 

  • Publications (535)
  • Ongoing work

Eurofound publications come in a variety of formats, including reports, policy briefs, blogs, articles and presentations. 

Working life in the COVID-19 pandemic 2021

Publication 19 Bealtaine 2022

Collective labour disputes in the EU

Publication 7 Feabhra 2022

Annual review of working life 2018

Publication 2 Deireadh Fómhair 2019

Annual review of working life 2017

Publication 22 Deireadh Fómhair 2018

France: latest working life developments Q2 2018

Article 10 Meán Fómhair 2018

Sweden: latest working life developments Q2 2018

Article 7 Meán Fómhair 2018

Ongoing work

Research continues in this topic on a variety of themes, which are outlined below with links to forthcoming titles.

  • Exploring the feasibility for an Industrial Action Monitor