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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  • Luxembourg: Developments in working life – Q1 2016

    Tax reforms welcomed by social partners, failed negotiations over working time legislation, a slight decrease in unemployment levels, and reforms to parental leave allowance are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Luxembourg in the first quarter of 2016.
  • Belgium: Developments in working life – Q1 2016

    Budget cuts, the role of social dialogue and strike action, as well as more contemporary issues – such as the impact of e-commerce and the use of robots on working life – are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Belgium in the first quarter of 2016.
  • Austria: Developments in working life – Q1 2016

    The results of a competence check of refugees, several labour law reforms and moderate wage increases are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Austria in the first quarter of 2016.
  • Finland: Developments in working life – Q1 2016

    Talks on the Competitiveness Pact, threats to the formation of a new peak-level organisation, and an agreement on a wage freeze are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Finland in the first quarter of 2016.
  • Spain: Developments in working life – Q1 2016

    The discussions and deals between political parties after the general election of December 2015, the slow recovery of the labour market and trade union membership losses are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Spain in the first quarter of 2016.
  • Norway: EFTA Court rules that employer is compliant with EU Working Time Directive

    A recent hearing at the EFTA Court dealt with the question of whether Norwegian regulations on working time in child welfare units using cohabitation arrangements comply with the EU Working Tim
  • Belgium: Trade unions dispute new law on flexijobs in the catering sector

    The new law on flexijobs in the catering sector has a two-pronged target: enabling more flexible employment contracts and combating fiscal and social fraud.
  • Austria: Employee attitudes to shorter working hours

    ​Working time is one of the most controversial issues in Austrian labour relations. Employers want more flexibility while workers want fewer working hours. A new study of employees in the electrics and electronic industry identifies what types of employees would prefer to reduce their working hours and provides the first feedback on the use of the 'free time option’, which enables employees to choose a wage increase or equivalent free time.
  • Czech Republic: Short-time work introduced in Employment Act

    The Czech President has approved an amendment to the Employment Act to include short-time work. 
  • Austria: Many Austrians are working long hours

    Recent findings from the Working Climate Index show the average working week remains at 42 hours and that working overtime is prevalent.

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