Eric van den Abeele, guest researcher at ETUI and lecturer at the University of Mons. 05/2015

better regulation, REFIT

This Working Paper aims to shed light on the machinations behind recent developments regarding the Better Regulation agenda. How should we interpret the Commission’s insistence on relentlessly attacking its own legislation? Why does it constantly refer to the costs, yet never once mention the benefits? Eric van de Abeele, who has already written several publications on the subject, has taken an in-depth look at seven key components o...


Isabelle Schömann 05/2015

REFIT better regulation

This policy brief describes the historical and political background of the EU's 'Regulatory Fitness and Performance' (REFIT)' programme, its mechanisms and instruments as well as challenges of this exercise in 'better regulation' for Social Europe.


Agnieszka Piasna, ETUI and Anke Plagnol, Department of Psychology, City University London 05/2015

This Policy Brief provides an overview of female employment in the EU and of how it is affected by a transition to motherhood, as well as of recent policies devised to remedy the post-2008 unemployment crisis.


Jane Holgate, University of Leeds Business School UK 04/2015

Unions and community organising

Faced with changing labour markets, new employment patterns (e.g. temporary and precarious work) and declining union power and membership, trade unions need to (re)consider the ways in which they organise and mobilise workers.



Benchmarking Working Europe 2015

Published every year, the report analyses the state of working Europe explaining with the aid of statistics and graphs the main trends in terms of Europe’s macro-economic situation, its labour market development, the situation of wages and collective bargaining, and worker participation.


Christophe Degryse 02/2015

While the European intersectoral social dialogue has been, according to the Commission’s own admission, dragging its feet for the last few years on account of a lack of commitment on the part of the private sector employers, the sectoral social dialogue is often presented as a more dynamic and successful venture. A dialogue along sectoral lines has been set in motion by employer and labour organisations from a current total of 43 economic sectors of the European economy (...


Bruno Demaître (ETUI), Romuald Jagodzinski (ETUI), Sjef Stoop (FNV Formaat) 05/2015

EWC, European Works Council, Information and consultation

This second in a series of manuals for European Workers' Representatives explains in an easy-to-read format how European Works Council (EWC) members can organise and manage their communications network.


19/10 - 23/10/2015
Rome, Italy

The course is meant to reinforce Trade Union knowledge and action in Europe. The European training for young Trade Union leaders is designed as a 10-month course combining three residential seminars (face-to-face activities) with group activities on specific issues to be carried out between the seminars.


FREE English Online course about ETUC Congress 2015

22 May 2015

ETUI offers a FREE English Online language learning programme especially dedicated to the ETUC Congress which will take place on 29 September – 2 October 2015 in Paris.


Better EU law-making: the hidden agenda of cutting red tape

18 May 2015

The process of simplifying EU legislation has been taken hostage by very particular corporate interests. This is the main conclusion of a new working paper published by the ETUI one day before the presentation of Commissioner Timmermans “better regulation package”.


Asbestos: the long and winding road to a global ban

11 May 2015

An important international meeting on toxic products opened in Geneva on 4 May with, as one of the main items on its agenda, the inclusion of chrysotile in the Rotterdam Convention. In spite of the deleterious effects of this form of asbestos, lobbying by producer and importer states has so far enabled this carcinogenic substance to remain outside the purview of this instrument. Trade unions and NGOs have mobilised to prevent a repeat of its exemption.


Pilot testing of capacity - building tools on nanomaterials

11 May 2015

Nanomaterials are used in many EU workplaces despite our limited and even non-existent knowledge about the hazards they bring to human health or the environment, and about occupational exposure impacts. As use of nanomaterials increases, it is increasingly important to ensure that workers are aware of their existence and of the best ways to prevent worker exposure in the workplace.


Collective Bargaining developments April 2015

5 May 2015

Highlights of the April issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the following most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:


Report: social investment in Europe two years after the adoption of the Social Investment Package

4 May 2015

A report commissioned by the European Commission to the European Social Policy Network of independent experts published at the end of April shows that Member States have made progress in implementing reforms toward social investment but there is still a lot to be done for the modernisation of the social protection systems across the European Union.


Social dialogue reform in France: trade union reactions

30 April 2015

On 22 April last, French Employment Minister François Rebsamen unveiled his draft law intended to ‘modernise’ the social dialogue. The main measures contained in this text are the following: creation of a regional representative body for firms with less than eleven employees; broader possibilities for merging worker representation bodies (i.e. trade union delegation, works committee, health and safety committee); lowering of requirements on information, consultation and negotiation.


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