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Implementation of framework agreement on work-related stress (Status January 2007)

The implementation scoreboard looks quite dynamic – in most EU member states implementation started with the (joint) translation of the agreement, followed by dissemination actions such as awareness-raising campaigns involving, in most Member States, websites, brochures, guides and training schemes.

Many countries already have a regulatory and/or contractual framework in place, either as part of an overall health and safety protection policy or as a policy specifically targeted on the issue, upon which they build domestic measures to implement the European framework agreement.

In most EU Member States, joint actions in the form of declarations, projects and discussions in bipartite and tripartite bodies seem to be an additional step in the launching of negotiations. In at least 10 Member States negotiations have started at interprofessional and/or sectoral level. Furthermore, (sectoral) collective agreements have already been signed or updates of existing collective agreements on the basis of the EU framework agreement have been prepared.

ETUC is conducting – with the financial support of the European Commission – a specific project on the implementation of the framework agreement on stress. The following points are to be found on the respective website:






Joint actions



Cross industry

social dialogue

All ETUC affiliates in Member States, except in English-speaking countries (UK, IE, Malta)

Awareness-raising campaigns, websites, brochure, training schemes in most Member States

Declaration of commitment (MT), Agenda point in Economic and Social Committee (LU), Working group (NO), Project (PL), International Congress for Occupational Safety and Health

FI, CZ, IE, IT, IS, LU, PL (2007),

Joint guidelines (AT)

OSH policy (BG)

Joint implementation strategy (LT)

Update of national joint declaration on work pressure (NL).

Sectoral social dialogue

Public sectors: education, health, public administration (BG)

Project in Railways sector and with a bank (PT)

Agenda point of the Intersectoral Agreement for Collective Bargaining 2005 (SP), guide on “Work-related stress” (UK private sector), Joint programmes of agencies social insurance for occupational accidents in GE.

DK (private sector; regions and municipalities)

FI, IE, IT, municipalities (SE), (UK private sector)

Collective agreement in public sector, and public local and regional sector workplaces (DK-2005)

EU Sectoral social dialogue


Joint Declaration Electricity sector (EPSU & EMCEF – 15/12/2004)

Joint Recommendation Construction sector (EFBWW and FIEC – 10/01/2006)

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