Established in 2014, the European Observatory of Working Life (EurWORK) brings together Eurofound’s long-established observatories on industrial relations (EIRO) and working conditions (EWCO).
EurWORK encompasses all of Eurofound's resources on working conditions and sustainable work and on industrial relations. It is supported by a Network of Eurofound Correspondents across all EU Member States and Norway which regularly reports on national working life developments. A further source of information is provided by Eurofound’s two regular surveys on working life issues: the European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) and the European Company Survey (ECS) .
EurWORK covers two strategic topic areas in Eurofound’s 2017–2020 programming period:
Within the industrial relations field, EurWORK covers two subtopics:
- Social dialogue
- Reporting on working life developments
In its reporting on working life developments, EurWORK provides regular updates in the following areas:
- Actors and institutions
- Collective employment relations
- Individual employment relations
- Working time and work–life balance
- Health and well-being at work
- Skills, learning and employability
- Work organisation
- Developments at EU level
Reporting on working life developments
The Network of Eurofound Correspondents provides country updates on the latest working life developments on a quarterly basis. This reporting is complemented by topical updates in the areas listed above and other country-specific articles. The annual review of working life highlights the most important developments at national and EU level. The correspondents provide comparative information from all Member States and Norway, which feeds into reports and topical updates.
In 2006, the European Commission mandated Eurofound to carry out studies on the representativeness of European sectoral social partner organisations. These studies are designed to provide the basic information needed for the setting up and functioning of sectoral social dialogue committees at European level. The Commission uses these committees as the mechanism for consulting management and labour under article 154 TFEU.
EurWORK’s working life country profiles provide relevant background information on the structures, institutions and regulations underpinning working life in the EU28 Member States, Norway and at EU level.
The database of wages, working time and collective disputes provides a set of country-level data covering the EU28 and Norway for the period 2000–2015. It looks at the systems that are currently in place (such as legislation or collective bargaining agreements) and some outcomes (such as the level of collectively agreed pay or working time).
The European industrial relations dictionary is a comprehensive collection of the most commonly used terms in employment and industrial relations at EU level today. Updated regularly, it contains around 380 entries, with links to EU legislation and case law.
EurWORK also features further research on working conditions and industrial relations, such as secondary analysis from Eurofound’s surveys, regular reports on pay and working time, reports compiled at the request of Eurofound’s stakeholders and other strategic research in the area.
In the 2017–2020 programming period, Eurofound will explore the feasibility of an industrial action monitor aimed at charting industrial action events across Europe, their causes and outcomes. Eurofound is also reviewing its approach to reporting on collective bargaining.
EurWORK aims to serve the main Eurofound stakeholders, including European social partners, EU institutions and Member State governments, as well as policymakers and practitioners in the fields of working conditions and sustainable work, and industrial relations.