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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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


World Day for Safety and Health at Work: discrimination is bad for your health

25 April 2017

On Friday 28 April, the international trade union movement will be holding its annual Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers. This year, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) will denounce the impact of discrimination on workers’ health and safety.


Five things to look out for in the Commission’s proposal on the European Pillar of Social Rights

20 April 2017

On 26 April 2017 the European Commission will finally issue its long-awaited proposal on the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). The EPSR will be accompanied by an impressive number of social initiatives.


Introduction of more flexible working arrangements impairs productivity, claim two French economists

19 April 2017

Economists Philippe Askenazy and Christine Erhel believe that the measures introduced to increase flexibility in the labour market are not unconnected with the drop in labour productivity recorded since 2008 in the OECD countries, and specifically in the major European economies.


ETUI stands with the Central European University (CEU) in support of academic freedom in Hungary!

19 April 2017

In the framework of the recent events in Hungary concerning the Central European University (CEU), the ETUI has written a letter of solidarity with the CES addressed to the university’s President and Rector Michael lgnatieff.


Netherlands: marked increase in flexible workers

10 April 2017

Between 2003 and 2015, the number of flexible workers in the Netherlands increased from 2.1 million to 3.2 million, making it the country with the sixth highest percentage of flexible workers, behind Poland, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy.


Collective bargaining developments March 2017

5 April 2017

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


Joint ILO/Eurofound report highlights positive and adverse effects of teleworking

28 March 2017

On 16 February 2017, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) published a joint report on the benefits and drawbacks of teleworking. Entitled ‘Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work’, it reviews the impact on workers’ health of digital technologies used from home for work purposes in 15 countries, including 10 EU Member States.


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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