European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.

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Publication

Stefan Domonkos (Institute of Economic Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences) 04/2016

Slovakia labour market policies WP

This working paper provides an overview of labour market policies in the Slovak Republic, from the beginning of the post-socialist transition to the recent period, characterised by growing pressure for fiscal stringency from the European Union (EU). It investigates the differences between the prevalent trends in labour market policies before and after 2010 and it finds little difference between them.

Publication

03/2016

Benchmarking working Europe 2016

With this year’s chosen focus – ‘prepared for the future?’ – the new edition of Benchmarking working Europe analyses the state of working Europe with the aid of a multi-level and multi-dimensional set of indicators.

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Gérard Valenduc and Patricia Vendramin (Fondation Travail-Université (FTU) ) 04/2016

digital economy working paper

This paper sets out to analyse the digital economy and changes in work by sifting elements of continuity from others that are radically new. Aspects examined are: genuinely new features encountered in the digital economy model; major instances of technological change observable in the working environment; new forms of work in the digital economy; distance and employment relationships; challenges entailed in regulating a labour world...

Publication

Edited by Jan Drahokoupil (ETUI), Rutvica Andrijasevic (Univ Bristol, UK) and Devi Sacchetto (Univ. Padua,... 03/2016

Book Foxconn electronics assembly between Europe and China

This book investigates restructuring in the electronics industry and in particular the impact of a ‘Chinese’ labour regime on work and employment practices in the electronics assembly in Europe. It studies Foxconn, the world largest electronics manufacturing service provider and the main assember of Apple's iPhone and iPad.

Publication

Christophe Degryse 02/2016

digitalisation of the economy, future of work

This working paper gives an overview of the new possibilities opened up by the 4th industrial revolution and tackles some specific questions in relation to its effects on the labour market, including on the status of employees, on working conditions and on training. It examines the role that trade unions can play in the digital economy and the main initiatives already proposed at European trade union level in this context.

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Torsten Müller 12/2015

The focus of this paper is the need to reshape the financial assistance programmes and the related activities of the Troika in a way that would make them more socially and democratically acceptable. The starting point, therefore, is an analysis of the current role of the Troika and of each of its three constituent institutions in the framework of the financial assistance programmes.

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Edited by Martin Myant, Sotiria Theodoropoulou, Agnieszka Piasna (ETUI) 02/2016

Unemployment, internal devaluation and labour market regulation in Europe

Unemployment rates in the EU rose after the economic crisis of 2008, passing 10% in 2012, but with big variations between countries. The worst afflicted had been subject to so-called policies of internal devaluation, aimed at curing unemployment by reducing wage costs. This book provides a comparative study of countries that to varying degrees followed that road (Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland) set against others that did not (Germ...

Education

1/04 - 30/09/2016
On-line

The online courses provided by the ETUI cover 2 levels, low-Intermediate to Intermediate, and Intermediate to upper-Intermediate. They are part of the language and communication training programme delivered by the ETUI every year. Each course has a duration of 6 months.

News

Benchmarking 2016: only a faint flicker of light at the end of the tunnel

22 April 2016

Despite several encouraging signs, the social and economic situation in the European Union remains unstable. With no sign of a change of course in the austerity policies that have been pursued over the past few years, there is little cause for optimism. These at least were the main conclusions drawn from the presentation of the Benchmarking Working Europe 2016 report, held in Brussels on 19 April.

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New European campaign to promote healthy ageing for all

19 April 2016

The European Commission and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) have launched a two-year Europe-wide campaign under the banner 'Healthy Workplaces for All Ages'. The initiative, which is backed by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), focuses on the need to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing from the beginning of working life.

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World Day for Safety and Health at Work: ETUC calls for new laws

18 April 2016

Every year on 28 April, the trade unions stage an event to condemn deaths caused by work. This year, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has chosen to focus on the need to adopt new health and safety laws at EU level. “Workers need better protection. New laws are needed now,” said Esther Lynch, the ETUC Confederal Secretary in charge of occupational health and safety issues.

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Belgium: the government proposes greater flexibility in working time

13 April 2016

The Belgian government is currently refining a draft reform of statutory working time that will favour an increase in flexible working. The government believes that this reform will respond to the wishes of many workers by allowing for a better balance between family and working life. Trade unions, however, fear that this flexibility will only work one way, serving first and foremost the needs and interests of business.

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Labour Mobility and Citizenship: Safeguarding Social Standards in Europe

11 April 2016

ETUI researcher Magdalena Bernaciak was invited to speak at the roundtable discussion on ‘Labour Mobility and Citizenship: Safeguarding Social Standards in Europe’, organised on 3 April at the European Economic and Social Committee by Solidar, a European network of NGOs dealing with labour rights and social justice.

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Farm workers and women's hairdressers among professions linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma

11 April 2016

New research has identified certain occupations and industries that may contribute to the risk of workers developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a group of related cancers affecting part of the body’s immune system.

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Trade unions in central and eastern Europe: innovation against all odds

8 April 2016

Trade unions in central and eastern (CEE) Europe are using new approaches to attract workers and address broader societal concerns. A project with ETUI involvement takes stock of these innovative techniques.

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Health and safety at work: Esther Lynch (ETUC) on priorities and gender challenges

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About ETUI

The European Trade Union Institute is the independent research and training centre of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) which itself affiliates European trade unions into a single European umbrella organisation. The ETUI places its expertise – acquired in particular in the context of its links with universities, academic and expert networks – in the service of workers’ interests at European level and of the strengthening of the social dimension of the European Union. Read more

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