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Éloi Laurent (OFCE) and Philippe Pochet (ETUI) 09/2015

social-ecological transition, environment, climate change

The primary aim of this short guide is to tie the ecological transition firmly to the simultaneous demand for social progress. As the authors see it, such social progress must be erected upon the tripod of equality, employment and social protection. These are the three pillars of the edifice required to produce a social-ecological transition. Simply put, the social-ecological transition answers environmental change with social progress.


Éric Van den Abeele 11/2015

Better regulation policy brief

This Policy Brief takes the measure of the EU Commission's ‘better legislation’ programme, attempting not only to identify its general thrust but also to reveal its inner contradictions.


Romuald Jagodzinski 10/2015

Implementation of EWC Recast directive

This book assesses in detail the ways in which key improvements brought about by the 2009 EWC Recast Directive have been implemented in national legislation. The authors of the book have looked into the national transposition legislation of the 31 countries of the European Economic Area. The findings are very relevant for EU policy-making and for practitioners to deal with differing national legislative regimes.


Stan De Spiegelaere (ETUI) and Romuald Jagodzinski (ETUI) 09/2015

European Works Council and SE Works Council 2015 - Facts and Figures

In 2016 it will be 20 years since the first European Works Councils (EWC) directive came into force in the EU. In the same year, the European Commission is planning an evaluation of the EWC recast directive that will undoubtedly lead to debate on the need for further review of European regulation of EWCs. The year 2015 also marks the fifteenth anniversary of adoption of the EU directive on workers’ involvement in the European Company...


David Natali and Bart Vanhercke (OSE) 09/2015

social policy, European Union, 2015

In this 2015 edition of Social policy in the European Union: state of play, the authors tackle the topics of the state of EU politics after the parliamentary elections, the socialisation of the European Semester, methods of political protest, the Juncker investment plan, the EU’s contradictory education investment, the EU’s contested influence on national healthcare reforms, and the neoliberal Trojan Horse of the Transatlantic Trade...


Jukka Takala 10/2015

cancer WP 2015

This working paper presents arguments for a stronger policy to eradicate occupational cancer in Europe and globally.


Stefan Clauwaert 11/2015

As part of the European Semester, the main pillar of Europe's new economic governance, the Commission puts forward every year the 'country-specific recommendations' (CSRs).This background analysis provides an overview of specific recommendations to the EU Member States in the field of employment and social policies. It also includes a brief 'statistical' comparison between the CSRs for 2015-16 and those presented by the Commission and adopted by the European Council in 20...


9/12 - 11/12/2015
Sesimbra, Portugal

The context of crisis is contributing to a rise in cases of moral harassment. It is necessary to speak about this matter, especially as moral harassment is difficult to prove while, moreover, its significant is frequently underestimated.


ETUI calls for concrete measures to tackle psychosocial risks

20 November 2015

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) held the Healthy Workplaces 2015 Summit in Bilbao on 3-4 November. ETUI researchers Viktor Kempa and Aida Ponce Del Castillo took part in the debates focused on strategies for managing psychosocial risks in the workplace.


Standards – instrument of global commerce in search of legitimacy

19 November 2015

International technical standards, whether ISO or otherwise, are to be found everywhere in everyday life, often without our noticing it. They affect more than 80 per cent of commercial transactions and thus play a major role in the global economy. Besides the commercial dimension these standards also have a direct impact on health, safety and the environment, as illustrated by machine safety standards.


France: the government gives itself two years to “revamp” the Labour Code

18 November 2015

On 4 November the French Government outlined its reform of the Labour Code. While retaining key principles such as the 35-hour week, the plan is to simplify the text “to create a more favourable environment for hiring”.


Trade union inspectors to check compliance with labour law in Geneva

13 November 2015

On 13 November the Parliament of the canton of Geneva passed a law creating a Joint Labour Inspectorate (Inspection paritaire de l’emploi – IPE). This law allows trade union representatives to visit businesses in order to check their compliance with labour legislation.


New issue of Transfer on key challenges for the trade union movement

9 November 2015

The November issue of Transfer, the Research Quarterly of the ETUI’s Research Department, contains four articles that all deal with challenges and dilemmas that are at the core of the academic debate on trade unions as well as at the heart of the debate within the trade union movement.


Collective Bargaining developments October 2015

5 November 2015

Find here the following most important developments at European and member state level from the October issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:


Towards a desirable and feasible European unemployment benefit scheme

3 November 2015

During the last ETUI Monthly Forum, Ilaria Maselli, Research Fellow at CEPS, and Frank Vandenbroucke, of the Catholic University of Leuven, discussed the added value of a European unemployment benefit scheme. They presented a preliminary assessment of a research project funded by the European Commission which studies the feasibility and desirability of establishing a European unemployment benefit scheme (EUBS).


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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