EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Topical updates

Topical updates summarise and update developments around selected topics, which are relevant across a number of Member States at the same time. They are mainly based on reporting from Eurofound’s network of European correspondents.

  • Fixed-term contracts: Individual employment relations - Q3 2014 (EurWORK topical update)

    This article presents some of the key developments and research findings on aspects of individual employment relations in the EU during the third quarter of 2014. Moves to limit the use of fixed-term contracts and proposals to increase the flexibility of temporary employment are the main focus of this report.

  • Psychosocial risks: Health and well-being at work - Q3 2014 (EurWORK topical update)

    This article presents some of the key developments and research findings on aspects of health and well-being during the third quarter of 2014. Mental health of employees, psychosocial problems caused by working conditions and legislation to help reduce stress in the workplace are the main focus of this report.

  • Changes in dispute resolution and the right to strike – 2014

    This article presents some of the key developments and research findings on aspects of dispute resolution in the EU between the first and third quarters of 2014. Changes in the EU Member States’ collective and individual dispute resolution mechanisms are the main focus. The section on 'Extensions of rights of association and right to strike' for Ireland was updated in February 2018.

  • Collective employment relations - Q2 2014 (EurWORK topical update)

    This article presents some of the key developments and research findings on aspects of collective employment relations in the EU during the second quarter of 2014. Industrial relations reforms, actual and proposed changes to the labour codes in certain countries, and changes in the union rights of state security force employees are the main focus of this report.

  • Collective bargaining developments: Collective employment relations - Q1 2014 (EurWORK topical update)

    This article presents some of the key developments and research findings on aspects of collective employment relations in the EU during the first quarter of 2014. Collective bargaining trends and both positive and negative developments in Member States are the focus of this topical update.

  • Actors and institutions - Q1 2014 (EurWORK topical update)

    This article presents some of the key developments and research findings on aspects of actors and institutions in the EU and Norway in the EU during the first quarter of 2014. Government shifts, institutional and legislative change, membership of social partner organisations and activities of trade union and employer organisations in different Member States are the main focus of this report.

  • Actors and institutions - Q2 2014 (EurWORK topical update)

    This article presents some of the key developments and research findings on aspects of industrial relations actors and institutions in the EU during the second quarter of 2014. Government changes, mergers and developments in social partner organisations and leadership changes in key bodies are the main focus of this report.

  • Undeclared work: Individual employment relations - Q3 2014 (EurWORK topical update)

    This article presents some of the key developments and research findings on aspects of individual employment relations in the EU during the third quarter of 2014. Measures to combat undeclared work such as increased monitoring, closer supervision of revenue collection and pre-paid service vouchers for short-term work are the main focus of this report.

  • Promoting youth employment: Individual employment relations - Q3 2014 (EurWORK topical update)

    This article presents some of the key developments and research findings on aspects of individual employment relations in the EU during the third quarter of 2014. Measures to combat the growing problem of youth unemployment and prevent the misuse of traineeships and internships are the main focus of this report.

  • Wage-setting mechanisms: Pay - Q3 2014 (EurWORK topical update)

    In the recent past, the policy debate around wage setting – both at European and the national level – has reflected the view that wages should better reflect differences in productivity developments. This article provides an overview of related debates in a number of Member States in 2014. By and large, there seems to be some ‘convergence at the level of debates’: with reflections about the possible introduction of universal minimum wages in some of those Member States with collectively agreed minima, while Member States that already have a statutorily set wage floor are considering different ways of introducing more differentiated minima. This would eventually move them closer to the prevailing system in the first set of Member States as regards the setting of wages at the lower end of the wage distribution.

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