EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Country updates

  • Ongoing unrest in the education sector, the repeal of Sunday closure legislation and changes in the employee-benefits 'Cafeteria' system are among the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Hungary in the second quarter of 2016.

  • Rising unemployment, the biennial renegotiation of nationwide collective agreements and proposed changes to legislation on temporary layoffs, working time and whistle-blowing are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Norway in the second quarter of 2016.

  • Measures to amend and implement the Jobs Act, national-level tripartite and bipartite agreements, and progress in negotiations to renew national collective bargaining agreements covering public employees are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Italy in the second quarter of 2016.

  • Competition between unions, the launch of a substitute for collective agreements, laws on asylum seekers’ residence permits, employers’ responsibility for sick pay, and a pilots’ strike are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Sweden in the second quarter of 2016.

  • The debate on the controversial new Labour Code, the opening of an information centre for posted and migrant workers, and the rise in the minimum monthly wage are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Lithuania in the second quarter of 2016.

  • The re-introduction of four holidays and the 35-hour week in the public sector; as well as job precariousness and unemployment, are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Portugal in the first quarter of 2016.

  • The outcome of the referendum on EU membership, the immediate impact of the vote to leave, the social partners’ reaction and the steel industry crisis 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 first quarter of 2016.

  • A shortage of workers, proposals to recruit from abroad, union objections to cheap labour, restrictions on shop opening hours and the introduction of paternity leave 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 second quarter of 2016.

  • The in-coming government's commitments on pay, the resolution of the Dublin tram strike, and a pay rise awarded by the Labour Court are among the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Ireland in the second quarter of 2016.

  • Presidential intervention to prevent a doctors’ strike, a dispute about renewal of collective agreements for airport ground staff and social outcry over women’s exclusion from the National Guard are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Cyprus in the second quarter of 2016.

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