EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

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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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  • France: Latest working life developments – Q1 2018

    The next phase of labour market reform, measures to improve working conditions, and social conflict in the railway sector are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in France in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Estonia: Latest working life developments – Q1 2018

    Company-level collective bargaining, occupational health and safety, foreign workforce, and measures to prevent unemployment are the topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Estonia in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Belgium: Latest working life developments – Q1 2018

    Delays to tax cuts in the sharing and platform economy, changes to employee notice periods, paid holiday reforms, and tax incentives for hiring young people are the main topics of this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Belgium in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Finland: Latest working life developments – Q1 2018

    Collective agreement negotiations, opposition to the government’s labour market policies and a decision to opt out of parental leave reform 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 2018.
  • United Kingdom: Latest working life developments – Q1 2018

    Brexit negotiations, the Government’s response to the Taylor Review on modern working practices, a legal case in the gig economy and the easing of the public sector pay cap in the National Health Service (NHS) are the main topics of this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in the United Kingdom (UK) in the first 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.
  • France: Government unveils plans for reform of apprenticeship system

    The French government introduced a plan for the wide-scale reform of apprenticeship programmes in February 2018 that gives professional organisations a greater role in defining the content and number of training courses. The social partners, particularly employers, have welcomed the reform, which is aimed at better matching the programmes with the needs of companies.
  • Cyprus: Settlement of dispute over pay increases in the public sector

    A bitter pay dispute has been settled by negotiations between the Minister of Finance and two peak-level trade union confederations, PEO and SEK. The ‘complementary framework agreement’ enables the negotiation of pay increases or of reduction in pay cuts for 2017 and 2018, and covers 24,000 employees in the broader public sector (excluding public servants).
  • Portugal: Musculoskeletal disorders identified as main risk factor in companies

    Musculoskeletal disorders were cited as the most prevalent risk factor in the company segment of the 2015 National Survey on Working Conditions Survey in Continental Portugal. Psychological and emotional factors is the next most common risk factor. The Authority for Working Conditions (ACT) has stressed the importance of using the results to inform public policies in this domain.

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