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.
Unemployment rates in the EU rose after the economic crisis of 2008, passing 10% in 2012, but with big variations between countries. The worst afflicted had been subject to so-called policies of internal devaluation, aimed at curing unemployment by reducing wage costs. This book provides a comparative study of countries that to varying degrees followed that road (Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland) set against others that did not (Germ...
This guide gives an overview of the background to, principle actors in, and essential tools of, EU occupational health and safety policy with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of this policy and of facilitating effective intervention at European level.
This book presents the results of a research project which sought to understand how the crisis-driven labour policy measures in the EU Member States most affected by the crisis translated into changes in collective bargaining in manufacturing.
This Working Paper focuses on the impact of the directive on fixed-term work and the EU's Court of Justice (CJEU) case law concerning fixed-term work from 2007 and 2013. By doing so, this working paper develops an analytical framework to analyse the Europeanisation of labour law with an eye on the literature on labour-market dualisation.
This policy brief discusses the risks of deflation for the European economy. It critically evaluates the European economic governance for not having averted this risk...
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...
Over the last twenty years, German unions at company level have come under harsh pressure from employers who demanded major concessions to preserve the competitiveness of German manufacturing industry. In return for preservation of core employees’ interests, some company unions agreed on the hiring of temporary agency workers with fewer rights than their permanent colleagues. In the long run, these concessions were detrimental to the workforce as a whole. Such is the main message of a recently published ETUI Policy Brief.
The freshly published issue of Transfer focuses on ‘working life democracy’ and, more specifically, on the trade union (and political) struggle to expand democracy into the sphere of working life. The issue contains articles that tackle this multi-facetted issue from differing standpoints.
During a Monthly Forum held on 1 February, ETUI senior researcher Béla Galgóczi presented the main findings of a recent paper on the economic and industrial restructuring process of the Ruhr areas.
‘Our welfare states, our education systems, our civic cultures, our values, our international politics, our domestic politics, our elections: all this and more will be affected by how we address the integration of those refugees who are already here’. This is the message delivered by Ruby Gropas, social policy adviser to the President of the European Commission, on 28 January at an ETUI Monthly Forum focused on the refugee crisis.
Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the first issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter for 2016:
On 12 January Barack Obama announced the launch of a national plan to eradicate cancer. ‘Let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all,’ he declared to members of Congress who had assembled to hear his State of the Union Address.
European case law helps protect fixed-term workers against discrimination but contributes little to restricting employer recourse to this form of non-standard contract. Such is the principal message of a recent ETUI publication presented on 26 January at a Monthly Forum.
Course Kiljava, Finland, 2 Feb - 5 Feb 2016
18 Feb 2016
ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7th floor; 11h - 14h45
24 Feb - 25 Feb 2016
17 Mar 2016
ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7th floor
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