Eurofound’s long-established observatories on industrial relations (EIRO) and working conditions (EWCO) have since 2014 been combined to form EurWORK: the European Observatory of Working Life. EurWORK gathers all Eurofound's resources on working conditions and industrial relations, and is supported by a Network of Eurofound Correspondents across all EU Member States and Norway.
Eurofound runs two regular surveys on working life issues: the European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) and the European Company Survey (ECS).
EurWORK focuses on
The demographic challenge of an ageing population and the increasing diversity of working life have led to an increased focus on the concept of sustainable work over the life course. This emphasises the relevance of the quality of a worker’s job and their working environment over the entire course of their working life.
Trade unions, employer organisations and public authorities all play a role in the governance of the employment relationship. They are interlocking parts in a system that operates at European, national, sectoral, regional and company level. In recent years, as technology and forms of work evolve within a constantly changing economic environment, industrial relations systems have faced key challenges.
Eurofound provides systematic and comparable data on national industrial relations systems and developments in working life through monitoring and reporting tools drawing on contributions from its network of correspondents across 28 Member States.
EU level: Latest developments in working life
Activities of the European Commission and social partners regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the high-level hearing on implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights and a fair EU minimum wage initiative are the main topics of interest in this article. This EU update reports on the latest developments in working life in EU in the second quarter of 2020.
- Ensuring the free movement of workers and protecting their health
- Sectoral social dialogue on the effects of COVID-19
- Commission launches broad debate on European Pillar of Social Rights
- New cross-sectoral framework agreement of European social partners
- Consultation on a fair EU minimum wage
- Tripartite Social Summit on challenges related to COVID-19
Read the full article EU level: Latest developments in working life Q2 2020
Working life in the COVID-19 pandemic 2020
Involvement of social partners in policymaking during the COVID-19 outbreak
Working conditions and sustainable work: An analysis using the job quality framework
Representativeness of the European social partner organisations: Local and regional government sector and social services
Industrial relations: Developments 2015–2019
Representativeness of the European social partner organisations: Human health sector
Working conditions in sectors
Representativeness of the European social partner organisations: Education sector
Capacity building for effective social dialogue in the European Union
Role of social partners in tackling discrimination at work