EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Country updates

  • Sharp reactions from employers about proposals to increase the minimum wage and a draft equality law, plus the continuing search for a partner for Air Malta, are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Malta in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • The issues at stake in the run-up to the General Election, the favourable economic growth and falling unemployment and the debates among the social partners and politicians on flexwork 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 fourth quarter of 2016.

  • 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.

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