Developments in Working Life in Europe: EurWORK Annual Review 2014
[Excerpt] In 2014, Eurofound’s long-established observatories on industrial relations (EIRO) and working conditions (EWCO) were 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 European correspondents across all Member States and Norway. Developments in Working Life in Europe is part of a series of annual reviews published by Eurofound and provides an overview of the latest developments in industrial relations and working conditions across the European Union and Norway. The Annual Review collates information based on reports from Eurofound’s network of European correspondents throughout 2014, complemented by recent research findings, including data from Eurofound’s European working conditions survey (EWCS) and Eurofound’s company survey (ECS). The reporting is based on a semi-structured template, which correspondents complete on a quarterly basis. They are asked to be selective and to focus on major issues. Given this methodological choice, it needs to be stressed that the report does not aim, nor claim, to cover developments exhaustively in all Member States around a specific subtopic. It is, rather, an example-based illustration of developments in working life in 2014. On top of the quarterly reporting, correspondents have provided more in-depth countryspecific articles about major changes in the regulation of working relationships and have summarised national research findings. All of these articles are available on the EurWORK page. This review is divided into eight thematic chapters, each of which provides an overview of the current situation, explores developments at European and national level, and examines particular issues rising from the analysis of the quarterly reporting for EurWORK.
European Union; EURWork; working conditions; industrial relations