EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Articles

EurWORK articles cover working life in Europe, in particular the fields of industrial relations and working conditions. The articles are based on quarterly reporting provided by the Network of Eurofound Correspondents.

  • Topical updates summarise and update developments around selected topics, which are relevant across a number of Member States at the same time
  • Spotlight reports cover in more depth country-level events, debates and changes in regulation related to working life, aiming to provide a balanced view of all parties’ positions
  • Research in Focus articles report on important research findings (including surveys) from the national level, often, but not exclusively, in the area of working conditions
  • In brief articles are short news items drawn from the correspondents' quarterly reports
  • Country updates summarise developments at national level and are published 4 times a year

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  • Summer time arrangements in the EU: A tripartite outlook on ‘Cloxit’

    On 31 March 2019, clocks across the EU will go forward one hour, a Union-wide event since 2002. However, the European Commission has proposed abolishing the bi-annual hour change, an idea favoured by the vast majority of respondents in a public consultation. This article discusses reactions by governments and national social partner organisations to the proposal, based on contributions from the Network of Eurofound Correspondents.
  • Portugal: latest working life developments Q2 2018

    The new tripartite action plan to combat job insecurity and new measures to promote collective bargaining are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on one of the latest developments in working life in Portugal in the second quarter of 2018.
  • Latvia: latest working life developments Q2 2018

    A new agreement on overtime pay, a warning about the power balance between employers and employees, an increase in wages and a workforce deficit are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Latvia in the second quarter of 2018.
  • Austria: latest working life developments Q2 2018

    Amendments to the Working Time Act, a streamlining of the social insurance system and the renewal of important collective agreements are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Austria in the second quarter of 2018.
  • Germany: Study reveals huge gap between collectively agreed and usual weekly working time

    Data produced by the German Federal Statistical Office and the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health show substantial differences, across and between sectors, in working time that has been collectively agreed and in actual working time. The data also reveal that the longer the working hours the stronger is the impact on health.
  • Luxembourg: Social partners begin renegotiating collective agreement in banking sector

    In June 2017, the social partners in Luxembourg’s banking sector agreed on a one-year extension to the 2016–2018 collective agreement. Soon after, discussions started for the 2018–2020 collective agreement, with the sector’s three main trade unions in November putting forward new demands, as did the employers’ organisation, the unions themselves having differing opinions.
  • Poland: Ban on Sunday trading after decade-long battle

    A bill which will almost completely phases out Sunday trading in Poland by 2020 has been passed by parliament, thanks to consistent pressure over the last 10 years by the national-level trade union NSZZ ‘Solidarność’. However, the bill does not satisfy the union, as it does not entirely reflect its original concept.
  • Slovenia: Social partners in favour of partial Sunday opening hours in retail

    Moves to restrict Sunday shopping began in the Slovenian parliament in October 2017. This has speeded up negotiations on the subject between the Trade Union of Workers in the Trade Sector (ZSSS-SDTS) and the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce (TZS), neither of whom (for different reasons) want a complete closure of shops.
  • Belgium: Latest working life developments – Q4 2017

    Protests against the proposal to introduce a points-based pension system, concerns about digitisation and the sharing economy, and further loosening of the rules governing night work 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 2017.
  • UK: Taylor Review recommendations and the mixed reactions of the social partners

    The Taylor Review, commissioned by the UK government and published in July 2017, set out to determine best practices in modern employment and to define the basic rights of workers in light of widely publicised cases of poor working conditions. However, despite the review’s many recommendations, there is no legal requirement for the government to implement any of them.

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