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Tony Musu (ETUI), Laurent Vogel (ETUI) and Henning Wriedt (Beratungs- und Informationsstelle Arb... 05/2016

In the context of the announced revision of the directive on carcinogenic substances, this publication reviews the limitations of the existing legislation and outlines the priorities for its reform.


Stefan Domonkos (Institute of Economic Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences) 04/2016

Slovakia labour market policies WP

This working paper provides an overview of labour market policies in the Slovak Republic, from the beginning of the post-socialist transition to the recent period, characterised by growing pressure for fiscal stringency from the European Union (EU). It investigates the differences between the prevalent trends in labour market policies before and after 2010 and it finds little difference between them.



Benchmarking working Europe 2016

With this year’s chosen focus – ‘prepared for the future?’ – the new edition of Benchmarking working Europe analyses the state of working Europe with the aid of a multi-level and multi-dimensional set of indicators.


Gérard Valenduc and Patricia Vendramin (Fondation Travail-Université (FTU) ) 04/2016

digital economy working paper

This paper sets out to analyse the digital economy and changes in work by sifting elements of continuity from others that are radically new. Aspects examined are: genuinely new features encountered in the digital economy model; major instances of technological change observable in the working environment; new forms of work in the digital economy; distance and employment relationships; challenges entailed in regulating a labour world...


Edited by Jan Drahokoupil (ETUI), Rutvica Andrijasevic (Univ Bristol, UK) and Devi Sacchetto (Univ. Padua,... 03/2016

Book Foxconn electronics assembly between Europe and China

This book investigates restructuring in the electronics industry and in particular the impact of a ‘Chinese’ labour regime on work and employment practices in the electronics assembly in Europe. It studies Foxconn, the world largest electronics manufacturing service provider and the main assember of Apple's iPhone and iPad.


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.


Torsten Müller 12/2015

The focus of this paper is the need to reshape the financial assistance programmes and the related activities of the Troika in a way that would make them more socially and democratically acceptable. The starting point, therefore, is an analysis of the current role of the Troika and of each of its three constituent institutions in the framework of the financial assistance programmes.


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Transatlantic Social Dialogue 2016: how trade unions can organise migrants and young workers

26 May 2016

The state of the labour movement in the US and Europe and the efforts of trade unions to organise migrant workers and attract more young workers were the big themes of this year’s Transatlantic Social Dialogue meeting, organised by the European Trade Union Institute, Hans Böckler Stiftung and the Worker Institute of Cornell University.


Unions join the fight to ban glyphosate in the European Union

23 May 2016

Trade unions are mobilising to urge the European Union to take precautionary action on the use of glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide. Glyphosate is the main active ingredient of the well-known product RoundUp, manufactured by the US agrochemical and biotechnology giant Monsanto. Although glyphosate was classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in March 2015, it is still used to control grass and weeds in fields, backyards and gardens.


‘European pillar of social rights’? Yes, if it’s based on labour law

17 May 2016

On 8 March 2016 the European Commission launched a broad consultation on its project ‘European pillar of social rights’. Civil society has been invited to give its views on the minimum wage, rights to representation, health and safety, working time and many other matters related to the European Union’s social dimension. Is this initiative capable of making progress with Social Europe? Trade union and NGO officials, as well as researchers presented their first impressions on 9 May this year, at an ETUI monthly forum.


Revision of European legislation on occupational cancers: only a small step forward

13 May 2016

On 11 May the European Commission adopted a proposal for a revision of the Directive on the prevention of occupational cancers. The text proposes to adopt binding occupational exposure limits (OELs) for 13 substances. The previous directive only provided for three. The ETUI welcomes the fact that, after more than 10 years of procrastination, the European Commission has finally decided to strengthen its legislation against carcinogens in the workplace. It believes that the proposal does not go far enough, however.


Collective Bargaining developments April 2016

3 May 2016

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


Benchmarking 2016: only a faint flicker of light at the end of the tunnel

22 April 2016

Despite several encouraging signs, the social and economic situation in the European Union remains unstable. With no sign of a change of course in the austerity policies that have been pursued over the past few years, there is little cause for optimism. These at least were the main conclusions drawn from the presentation of the Benchmarking Working Europe 2016 report, held in Brussels on 19 April.


New European campaign to promote healthy ageing for all

19 April 2016

The European Commission and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) have launched a two-year Europe-wide campaign under the banner 'Healthy Workplaces for All Ages'. The initiative, which is backed by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), focuses on the need to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing from the beginning of working life.


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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