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Chiara Agostini, Valentina Lisi, David Natali and Sebastiano Sabato 01/2017

Structural reforms in 5 EU member states book

This book looks at the structural reforms adopted between 2008 and 2015 in five European Union (EU) countries – the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland and Italy. It provides evidence that the EU influenced structural reforms but lacked a coherent agenda to support growth. In such a context, different countries implemented different reform strategies that reflected their (partly) diverging socio-economic models.


Edited by Torsten Müller, Thorsten Schulten, Guy Van Gyes 12/2016

wages, Lohnpolitik book

This book deals with current issues of wages and collective bargaining in the context of the European crisis and the new system of European economic governance.


Marie-Anne Mengeot (journalist) 12/2016

endocrine disruptors guide

This publication's aim is to raise the awareness of union officials and political decision-makers on workers' exposure to endocrine disruptors. A further aim is to draw attention to the gaps in European legislation on the prevention of this type of workplace risk.


Martin Myant and Laura Brandhuber (ETUI) 12/2016

Uses and abuses of the OECD's employment protection legislation index

This paper provides a critical assessment of the OECD's Employment Protection Legislation (EPL). This indicator is designed to measure and compare employment protection legislation across countries and has dominated much of recent labour market policy making in the EU.


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...


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.


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.


The latest issue of HesaMag is online

13 January 2017

The articles published in the latest issue of HesaMag, the ETUI half-yearly publication on occupational health, are now online. The issue contains a special feature on labour inspection in Europe.


Belgium: social partners achieve consensus on wage increases

13 January 2017

On 11 January, Belgian employers’ and trade union organisations agreed to adopt a social agreement for 2017-2018, paving the way for a 1.1% annual wage rise on top of pay scale increases and automatic wage indexation.


Wage increases and collective bargaining crucial to getting the European economy back on track

12 January 2017

The dominant view of the crisis in Europe is that it is a crisis of competitiveness, and wages are seen as the key adjustment variable to improving competitiveness through the reduction of labour costs. However, the ETUI publication ‘Wage bargaining under the new European Economic Governance’, recently updated and translated into German, comes up with a different diagnosis of the causes of the crisis and proposes alternative strategies.


European Commission fails to protect workers against diesel fumes

11 January 2017

On 10 January, the European Commission published its second draft of the revised Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work. The omission of diesel engine exhaust from this draft has prompted criticism by the European trade union movement.


Collective Bargaining developments December 2016

10 January 2017

Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the last issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter for 2016:


From refugees to workers: still a long way to go

20 December 2016

The year 2015 saw an influx of almost 1.3 million asylum seekers into Europe, representing a historic challenge for the reception and asylum systems of EU Member States. Access to the labour market is of central importance for the integration of refugees into our societies and economies; this was the main point highlighted during the presentation of a recent report by the German Bertelsmann Foundation at an ETUI lunch debate on 8 December.


Plea for a global plan to combat occupational cancer

19 December 2016

Dr Jukka Takala, a world expert on work-related cancer, considers it necessary to establish a global programme for eliminating carcinogens in the workplace. ‘Cancer is the primary cause of death in the workplace,’ he stated on 16 December 2016 at an ETUI monthly forum.


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Philippe Pochet on the European pillar of social rights (interview in FR for French Economic, Social and Environmental Council)


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