EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Country updates

  • A new government, the revival of public sector collective bargaining, an increase in the basic salary for civil servants and public employees, and setting the minimum wage are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Croatia in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Planned talks about public sector pay restoration, a new Public Service Pay Commission, an increase to the minimum wage and pay rises in the contract cleaning sector are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Ireland in the fourth quarter of 2016.


  • Reforms to employment law, structural changes to the peak-level social partners and problems facing industrial unions' plans to merge are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Finland in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Real wage increases of up to 1% under negotiation in the annual bargaining rounds, trends in income for the period 2014-2015 including widening of the gender pay gap, and reform of the Trade Act are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Austria in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • A new coalition government, progress on digitalisation including the establishment of a Disruption Council and new labour inspection rules following the Siemens Windpower scandal are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Denmark in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • The conclusion of three multi-employer collective agreements for public employees and a reduction in the costs and rise in the income of the social security system are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Slovakia in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • The general election results, the debate on the draft law on public sector pay and tripartite discussions on increasing the statutory minimum wage are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Romania in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • The second evaluation of Greece’s economic adjustment programme, the fight against undeclared work, legislation on the social and solidarity economy, and emergency allowances for low-income pensioners are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Greece in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • A significant hike in the statutory minimum wage, declining union membership and industrial action in support of wage demands, including the first ever warning strike at Mercedes-Benz, are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Hungary in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • The latest developments on Brexit, the government’s review of the ‘future world of work’, the tribunal victory for Uber drivers and the strikes in December are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in the UK in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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