EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life


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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  • Strikes in the air transport industry

    On 1 April 1997, the whole air transport sector, including cabotage(domestic flights within other member states), was officially opened to EC-wide competition. Cabotageno longer has to be the continuation of a flight originating outside a particular country. So nothing now remains of Air Inter's monopoly in France, which had already been severely challenged by the European Commission in 1994, following a complaint from TAT, now one of British Airways' French subsidiaries.
  • Training occupations system to be modernised

    Based on the so-called Dual System (of Vocational Training) [1] (Duales System), practical vocational training [2] in Germany is given at work in the participating employer's establishment, backed up by statutory theoretical training and general education provided in vocational training school [3] s. The characteristic feature of the system is that the provision of knowledge and skills is linked to the acquisition of the required job experience. [1] [2] [3]
  • Agreement between AKZO-Nobel and the unions

    On 8 April, AKZO-Nobel and the unions reached agreement on both working time reductions and pay increases. The dispute, which had served to divide AKZO-Nobel and the industrial unions since 13 March (NL9703108N [1]), was resolved to everyone's satisfaction. [1]
  • Trade union launches image and recruitment campaign

    HK, the largest affiliated trade union of the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), with 357,000 members, has launched a two-month image and recruitment campaign. DKK 4 million will be spent on newspaper advertisements and bill boards, which will be followed up by local initiatives. The campaign will aim to improve recruitment and visibility, initiate debates on objectives, and explain the utility value of being a member.
  • New industrial relations structure planned for national airline

    It emerged in April 1997 that the former president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), Phil Flynn, is expected to play a key role in the new "partnership-based" industrial relations structure currently being drawn up between management and unions at Ireland's state-owned airline, Aer Lingus. Over 4,000 workers are employed by the airline and a further 1,600 by its maintenance subsidiary, TEAM.
  • Agreement concluded for white-collar employees in iron and steel

    A separate agreement for white-collar employees in the Luxembourg iron and steel was concluded in March 1997, despite efforts in negotiations to create a single agreement for both white- and blue-collar staff.
  • ETUC organises European Day of Action for Employment

    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has published more information about the activities to be launched as part of its "European Day of Action for Employment", to take place all across the EU as well as in some Central and Eastern European countries on 28 May 1997.
  • Tribunal decision annuls Renault closure

    The next step in the Renault Vilvoorde saga (BE9703202F [1]) was probably not initially foreseen by Renault senior management in Paris. Indeed, although the Renault managing director, Louis Schweitzer, has already announced that the tribunal decision to annul the closure of the Renault plant in Vilvoorde will in no way interfere with the plans to close the plant, it has slightly changed the dynamics and the timetable of the course of events. [1]
  • Code of conduct signed to combat illegal work

    In March 1997, the social partners in Italy's leather and suede sector agreed a code of conduct providing for the application of International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions on the rights of workers and the employment of minors.
  • Unions united on Labour Day?

    For the first time in many years, six trade unions in the Paris region have decided to take part in a single demonstration for Labour Day, 1997, protesting against racism and xenophobia.