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Benchmarking working Europe 2017

This 2017 edition of Benchmarking working Europe focuses on the question 'overcoming cleavages across the EU?'. It analyses in four chapters and with the help of 58 visual graphs latest trends and outcomes of European policies in the areas of macro-economics, wages and collective bargaining, labour markets and, last but not least, social dialogue and workers' participation.


Edited by Bart Vanhercke, David Natali and Denis Bouget 02/2017

social policy in the European Union 2016

The 17th edition of Social policy in the European Union: state of play reports on recent EU and national social policymaking, with contributions from leading scholars pointing to a ‘crisis’, the best word to characterize 2015.


Edited by Aída Ponce del Castillo (ETUI) and Sascha Meinert (IPA, Berlin) 04/2017

health and safety at work in 2040

This guide is the result of a project looking at the long-term prospects for making better and strategic decisions on occupational safety and health (OSH) in the European Union. The publication presents four potential scenarios (‘wellbeing’, ‘self-reliance’, ‘productivity’ and ‘protection’) for the future of OSH in the European Union.


Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Niaros (P2P Foundation) 03/2017

Peer production: challenges and opportunities for labour and unions

This policy brief discusses the implications for labour and trade unions of new forms of work that are organised via distributed digital networks using the internet.


Stefan Collignon (Centro Europa Ricerche, Rome) and Piero Esposito (LUISS, Rome) 03/2017

Measuring European competitiveness book - wages

This book develops a new approach for estimating the way in which labour costs reflect cost competitiveness.


Stan De Spiegelaere 01/2017

Restructuring and EWCs policy brief

This policy brief looks at European transnational restructurings and the role of European Works Councils and presents policy recommendations to provide workers with better information and consultation.


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.


15/05 - 19/05/2017
Ljubljana, SLOVENIA

Our courses aim at enabling trade unionists to communicate constructively, openly and more effectively. Developing argumentation skills in a multi-cultural group helps them achieve their goals. By helping trade unionists to improve their communication skills, we make cross-border networking with other trade unionists easier and more effective. Overcoming the fear of speaking is one of the most important steps in enabling us to discuss and argue our trade union position at the European level.


Benchmarking Working Europe: taking stock of social dialogue and workers’ rights

24 March 2017

In its recently released report ‘Benchmarking Working Europe 2017’, the ETUI has reviewed the state of play on social dialogue and workers’ rights by examining the Commission’s 2017 Work Programme, jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice, and by delving into a wide range of data from both within and outside the ETUI.


Debate on the new Benchmarking 2017 report focuses on the urgent need for social reform

22 March 2017

On Monday 13 March, a debate organised by the ETUI in Brussels between representatives of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the European Commission and the European think tank Bruegel to mark the publication of a new ETUI report (Benchmarking Working Europe 2017, which analyses the state of working Europe) focused on the lag in economic recovery, social inequalities and the urgent need for a genuinely social Europe.


Alternative economist Tim Jackson proposes abandoning the ideology of growth

22 March 2017

At the ETUI Monthly Forum which took place on Monday 13 March, Tim Jackson – British economist and author of the best-selling book Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet – presented the main take-aways from the latest edition of his book and called for the paradigm of growth to be cast aside once and for all, and for investment to be redirected towards sectors which promote well-being.


Benchmarking working Europe 2017: High time for new approach to wage policy

14 March 2017

The current approach of driving down wages, decentralizing collective bargaining systems and restricting trade union and workers’ rights to tackle the economic and financial crisis has failed according to the findings in the new ETUI/ETUC ‘Benchmarking working Europe’ report launched on Monday 13 March in Brussels. The report advocates an economic re-orientation towards a wage-led growth model and a new wage policy based on appropriate minimum wages, all-encompassing collective bargaining systems and strong trade unions.


Benchmarking working Europe 2017: labour market shows growing divides between countries and groups of workers

12 March 2017

Despite some improvements of labour market indicators at EU level, high unemployment remains a big problem and new jobs have an increasingly temporary character. Big regional disparities in youth unemployment and new challenges to integrate refugees into the labour market are two other issues highlighted in the second chapter of this year’s Benchmarking working Europe report launched by the ETUI and ETUC on 13 March.


Benchmarking working Europe 2017: Faltering recovery under threat again

9 March 2017

Economic forecasts for Europe are looking a little more optimistic, but the measures put in place by the EU to tackle stagnant economic growth and huge European unemployment (deregulatory structural reforms, the Juncker investment plan and the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing) are not satisfactory. This is the conclusion of the first chapter of the joint ETUI/ETUC’s annual analysis of the state of ‘working Europe’ which will be officially launched on Monday 13 March in Brussels.


NETLEX 2017: Exploring the role of labour law in the future world of work

8 March 2017

The annual conference that unites legal experts from the ETUC’s member organisations, NETLEX, took place on 22 and 23 February in Brussels. This year’s topic was the role of labour law in shaping the future world of work. The presentations ranged from core labour law topics, such as the meaning of the terms ‘employee’ and ‘worker’, to envisioning how labour law should respond to robots and rapid developments in artificial intelligence.


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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