Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Industrial relations in the EU at a glance

Do you need to understand how industrial relations work in each of the EU Member States? Who are the main actors, how does social partnership operate in practice and what are the main issues on the collective bargaining agenda?

Since 1996, Eurofound’s European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) has provided a unique depth and breadth of information on industrial relations developments across Europe. EIRO’s set of industrial relations country profiles provide detailed information on the nuts and bolts of industrial relations in 34 European countries.

Recently updated, the profiles include an overview of the main features, actors, processes and outcomes in each country.

Speaking in Brussels on 11 April at the launch of the European Commission’s report on Industrial relations in Europe in 2012, Employment Commissioner László Andor said that there was ‘a clear need to revitalise industrial relations across Europe’ in light of the recent crisis. Eurofound contributed to the report with its research findings on industrial relations, as well as drafting the chapter on ‘Greening the social dialogue’.

The IR country profiles are available for download

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