EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Country updates

  • Ongoing pressure for wage increases, the digitisation agenda, the controversial electronic tax evidence system and employee representatives on company boards 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 fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Preparations for the upcoming bargaining round, debates on how and when collective agreements can be demanded, and research results showing the health benefits of reduced working time are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Sweden in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Continued slow growth in Germany’s gross domestic product, an increase in collectively agreed wages, a new collective agreement in the rail sector and the launch of a White Paper on digitalisation are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Germany in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • The enactment of laws on labour reform, protection for whistleblowers, negotiations on unemployment insurance and the restructuring of trade unions and employer organisations are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in France in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • New collective agreements, ongoing negotiations in three key sectors, discussions about workplace surveillance, plans to improve the education system and an increase in the minimum wage are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Luxembourg in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • The election of the new parliament, subsequent discussions with the social partners and the decision to postpone implementation of the 2016 Labour Code are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Lithuania in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • The installation of the new government, a joint communiqué from the social partners, salary recommendations for 2017 and proposed reforms of the pension system are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Spain in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Media and policy debates on the law on ‘workable’ and flexible work, demanding occupations, plus the social partners’ difficulties in reaching a consensus on wage rises are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Belgium in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • The increase in wages, rise in self-employed workers, and new reports on the state of the labour market and works councils 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 third quarter of 2016.

  • Negotiations between Greece and the Troika on labour market reform in the area of collective redundancies, collective action and collective bargaining and the position of the peak social partners are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Greece in the third quarter of 2016.

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