EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Country updates

  • The first General Election since Ireland exited the bailout programme, continuing local pay bargaining and a six-day strike over pay at light rail tram company Luas are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Ireland in the first quarter of 2016.

  • The re-emergence of conflict in the coal-mining sector, noticeable pay pressure, significant changes to labour law and the new child benefit are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Poland in the first quarter of 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.

  • 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.

  • Nurses handing in their notices in a protest over wages, teachers protesting about wages and changes in the education system, the Constitutional Court’s decision on the law on extending collective agreements, law reforms to protect workers’ health, and research on undeclared work are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Slovakia in the first quarter of 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.

  • The forthcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union and the UK’s productivity gap 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.

  • Changes in labour and tax legislation, preparations for Latvia’s accession to the OECD and, connected with this, increased political focus on corruption and the shadow economy are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Latvia in the first quarter of 2016.

  • Positive trends in economic performance (raising the issue of an imbalance between cheap labour and productivity), measures to deal with disadvantaged groups on the labour market, and equal pay 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 first quarter of 2016.

  • Tripartite discussions between the confederations and the government about the integration of refugees, the debates on the psychosocial working environment and LGBT issues are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Denmark in the first quarter of 2016.

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