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Edited by Niklas Bruun, Klaus Lörcher, Isabelle Schömann and Stefan Clauwaert 12/2016

The European social charter and the employment relation

The collection of articles in this book addresses the potential of the European Social Charter to promote and safeguard social rights in Europe.


Jill Rubery (Manchester Business School) and Agnieszka Piasna (ETUI) 11/2016

Labour market segmentation and the EU reform agenda

In this paper the authors argue that the current—overwhelmingly deregulatory—reform agenda is too narrowly specified. Above all, the debate needs to be turned around from the focus on de-regulation to the role of re-regulation for inclusive labour markets. With the focus on costs-related disincentives for employers to use standard forms of employment, the dominant debate fails to recognise a more complex set of problems that may put...


Rory Watson and Owen Stafford 11/2016

This report summarises the presentations and debates of the 3-day ETUC/ETUI conference on 'Shaping the new world of work. The impacts of digitalisation and robotisation', held from 27-29 June 2016 in Brussels.


Edited by Valeria Pulignano (KU Leuven), Holm-Detlev Köhler (University of Oviedo) and Paul Stewart (Unive... 11/2016

Book employment relations in an era of change

Employee and employer relations and their regulatory mechanisms and institutions are undergoing profound change in contemporary capitalist societies. This edited volume focuses on the dynamics and strategies of the social partners (unions and their representatives and employers and management) involved and affected by these transformations. In particular, it provides a wide-ranging empirical evidence illustrating that a multi-level a...


Klaus Lörcher and Isabelle Schömann (ETUI) 10/2016

pillar of social rights ETUI

The aim of the present paper is to provide a basis for an in-depth discussion of the European Commission’s initiative for a ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’ by briefly examining its context. The content of the Commission’s Communication is reviewed and followed by a more detailed analysis of the rights listed in the Annex of the Communication.


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.


Jan Drahokoupil 10/2016

This working paper gives an overview of minimum wage policies in Central and Eastern Europe. It shows that minimum wages are an effective tool for reducing inequality by raising the lowest incomes.


22/02 - 24/02/2017

Organized crime controls legal and illegal markets, sometimes affecting the economic development of entire regions. It takes advantage of the crisis to expand its scope in the economy and society. Workers and unions in legal industries sometimes interact with actors in illegal economies. Workers even have sometimes to work for criminal organizations (i.e. forced labour). Trade Unions have to play an active role to combat these phenomena and defend workers victim of organized crime. By sharing the knowledge acquired by some unions and tackling the issue with ther social actors, trade unions can safeguard decent work and the fundamental rights at work against the development of the illegal economy. To these purposes: 1. it is important to explore, in a comparative way, the function of workers and trade unions on anti-corruption plans; 2. several trade unions, CGIL included, are already developing studies and surveys to assess the phenomena and try to have a wider perspective on it.


Collective Bargaining developments November 2016

1 December 2016

Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the November issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:


Wanted: new director of ETUI’s education department

30 November 2016

The ETUI’s education department is looking for a new director to lead its activities and coordinate the institute’s European training programme for trade unionists and trade union leaders. He/she will work directly with the ETUI’s senior management.


ETUI workshop on digitalization in the manufacturing industry: call for applications

25 November 2016

From 23 to 24 February 2017, in Naples (Italy), experts will be investigating the transformation of the manufacturing industry by digitalization, with a particular focus on employment and skill demand. Experts willing to participate are invited to apply by 15 December 2016.


German trade unions condemn the impact of digitalisation on working conditions

18 November 2016

The German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) publishes an annual report on developments in ‘quality of work’. In the latest edition of this report, published on 10 November, the DGB expresses its concern at the impact of an increasingly digital economy on working conditions.


Working conditions in Europe: mounting inequalities

18 November 2016

The gap between workers high up on the career ladder and those on the bottom rung is widening. This is one of the main conclusions that can be drawn from the presentation of the overview report of the sixth European Working Conditions Survey, which took place on 17 November at the European Parliament.


November issue of the ETUI review Transfer is out

14 November 2016

The November issue of Transfer contains six articles which cover key issues for industrial relations in Europe: the impact of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) on industrial relations systems; the changing political context under economic crisis and austerity measures, with its impacts on workers’ voice and representation; the state of the European sectoral social dialogue; the role played by European Works Councils (EWCs) at national level; economic integration and union strategies in the EU; and trade unions and non-standard work.


Pensions reform in Belgium: Experts fear deepening inequality

9 November 2016

The Belgian Government is paving the way for the next phase in its reform of the pension system. Minister for Pensions and French-speaking Liberal Daniel Bacquelaine is seeking to encourage employees to take out individual pension savings plans supplementary to the statutory pension. Experts believe the planned reform could exacerbate social inequality.


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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