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Zane Rasnača 10/2017

This working paper explores whether or not the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), an initiative that has been called ‘the last chance for social Europe’, will succeed in filling in the gaps when it comes to making social policy at the EU level. More specifically, it assesses the EPSR’s potential impact on the policy-making process at the EU level.


Edited by Jan Drahokoupil 08/2017

Chinese investment in Europe

China’s global outward foreign direct investment (FDI) has increased substantially over the last decade, with Europe as a key destination. The upsurge in Chinese outward FDI indicates a rebalancing of global political-economic relations, with China and its companies acquiring new roles and gaining economic power. Bringing together research on the rise of Chinese multinational companies and their activities in Europe, this book focuse...


Aïda Ponce Del Castillo 10/2017

This paper discusses the European Parliament’s Resolution of 16 February 2017 with recommendations to the Commission on Civil Law Rules on Robotics (European Parliament 2017). It provides a brief summary of the content of the Resolution and looks at its basic principles and raison d’être.


Aída Ponce Del Castillo (ETUI) and Hildo Krop 09/2017

This Policy Brief provides information about the recently established ‘EU Observatory for Nanomaterials’, how it is being developed, its limitations and why it is not an ideal option.


Jan Drahokoupil (ETUI) and Agnieszka Piasna (ETUI) 09/2017

This working paper investigates wage differences across Europe. It estimates to what extent wage gaps in average wages observed between countries are related to differences in workforce composition, in workplaces, as well as the types of jobs conducted in different countries. This report also assesses the observed differences in returns on endowments by identifying which sectors and occupational groups contribute most to the wage gap...


Stefan Clauwaert 09/2017

This paper provides an overview of the CSRs in the field of employment and social policies and, in particular, an update of previous similar ETUI research.


Petr Pavlínek, Ricardo Aláez-Aller, Carlos Gil-Canaleta and Miren Ullibarri-Arce  08/2017

Foreign Direct Investment and the development of the automotive industry

This working paper provides an overview of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the automotive industry in Eastern Europe and Spain since the 1990s.


Edited by Andrea Ciampani and Pierre Tilly 06/2017

This publication is a follow-up to the book 1973-2013: 40 years of history of the European Trade Union Confederation. It looks more closely at how different trade union models in different European countries, traditions and cultures have come together within this organisation. As in the first volume, the contributors take a historical perspective, highlighting the determinants, developments and legacies of the relationship that the...


Béla Galgóczi 05/2017

This working paper looks at wage developments in central and eastern Europe (CEE) over the past twenty years and shows that wages are not only low compared to western Europe but, as demonstrated by a number of variables, also tend to be lower than what the economic potential of these countries would allow for.


29/11 - 1/12/2017
Athens, Greece

Like a hydra, precarious work is extending the number of its tentacles. Forms of precarious work have increased and evolved since the economic crisis and are being transformed by the development of the digital economy.

Unions thus need to re-examine the issue and their strategies for improving working conditions, OSH, legal protection and the scope of collective bargaining to support and organise precarious workers.

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Pathway: F5


Edited by Magdalena Bernaciak and Marta Kahancová 05/2017

This book provides a detailed account of the innovative practices pursued by trade unions in Central and Eastern Europe since 2008. The book covers eleven post-socialist states that joined the EU in 2004, 2007 and 2013: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.


The ETUI is looking for a Head of Unit “European economic, employment and social policies”

12 October 2017

The research department at the ETUI is looking for a Head of unit for its unit ‘European economic, employment and social policies’.


Giving Juncker’s Proposed European Labour Authority Real Clout

12 October 2017

Every year the State of the Union speech (SOTEU) serves a certain purpose. This year it was all about encouragement and promise. It was all about promising ‘big things’ – more Schengen, better enforcement of the rule of law, fighting discrimination of consumers in Central and Eastern Europe, introducing an economy and finance minister for the Eurozone, establishing a common European Labour Authority (ELA) and so on.


OECD Confirms Research into Collective Bargaining is a Complicated Business

12 October 2017

Presenting key OECD results on Collective Bargaining at the ETUI’s recent monthly forum, titled: ‘Collective Bargaining in a changing world of work’, OECD Economist Andrea Garnero stressed the importance of Collective Bargaining as fundamental right and a key labour market institution.


ETUI conference on trade union education and training: will a new turn of the wheel bring us to a more social Europe?

6 October 2017

Between 4 and 6 October 2017, the ETUI brought together around 100 trade union leaders, instructors, researchers and trainers to debate the importance of training and education for the trade union movement during its annual EduDays conference. This year’s event, which took place under the motto ‘Training together = training better’, was held at the Training Centre of France’s General Confederation of Labour [Confédération Générale du Travail, CGT] in south-west Paris.


Collective bargaining developments September 2017

3 October 2017

Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the September 2017 issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:


Can trade and investment agreements provide decent work?

19 September 2017

The ETUI debate on trade and investment agreements took place at the European Economic and Social Committee on the 12th of September and was chaired by the ETUI General Director Philippe Pochet.


Workers in arduous and hazardous jobs see pension rights threatened

18 September 2017

The latest ETUI-OSE lunch debate focused on retirement regimes for workers in arduous and hazardous jobs (WAHJ). The discussion drew on a recent European Social Policy Network study drafted by Bart Vanhercke, Slavina Spasova and David Natali from the European Social Observatory (OSE). The debate was chaired by the Director of the ETUI Research department Maria Jepsen.


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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