European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.



Romuald Jagodzinski (ETUI) and Stan De Spiegelaere (ETUI) 09/2015

European Works Council and SE Works Council 2015 - Facts and Figures

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...


David Natali and Bart Vanhercke (OSE) 09/2015

social policy, European Union, 2015

In this 2015 edition of Social policy in the European Union: state of play, the authors tackle the topics of the state of EU politics after the parliamentary elections, the socialisation of the European Semester, methods of political protest, the Juncker investment plan, the EU’s contradictory education investment, the EU’s contested influence on national healthcare reforms, and the neoliberal Trojan Horse of the Transatlantic Trade...


Éloi Laurent (OFCE) and Philippe Pochet (ETUI) 09/2015

social-ecological transition, environment, climate change

The primary aim of this short guide is to tie the ecological transition firmly to the simultaneous demand for social progress. As the authors see it, such social progress must be erected upon the tripod of equality, employment and social protection. These are the three pillars of the edifice required to produce a social-ecological transition. Simply put, the social-ecological transition answers environmental change with social progress.


Sigurt Vitols 09/2015

sustainable company

The onset of the Great Financial Crisis in 2007/8 has triggered a widespread debate about the causes and the social and environmental consequences of the lack of long-term investment around the world. This volume, the third in the Sustainable Company book series produced by the GOODCORP network of academic and trade union experts on corporate governance, presents a ‘stakeholder’ approach to the problem. The analysis and policy prescriptions presented here go beyond mainstr...


Edited by Guy Van Gyes and Thorsten Schulten 09/2015

wages and collective bargaining in Europe

This book proposes an alternative view according to which wage developments need to be strengthened through a Europe-wide coordinated reconstruction of collective bargaining as a precondition for more sustainable and more inclusive growth in Europe. It contains major research findings from the CAWIE2 – Collectively Agreed Wages in Europe – project, conducted in 2014–2015 for the purpose of discussing and debating the currently domina...


Torsten Müller (ETUI) and Thorsten Schulten (WSI) 09/2015

wages, public sector

This Working Paper critically reviews the empirical evidence and the basic assumptions on which European and national policymakers base their strategy of cutting and freezing public sector pay as one central element of the current crisis management. Using comparative studies and new statistical data, the paper demonstrates that these assumptions are wrong, as they rely on a 'excessively narrow conception of competitiveness as cost co...


Aline Conchon 09/2015

worker participation

This report sets out the situation in relation to worker voice in corporate governance across Europe. It examines the differences and similarities in provisions on worker representation in corporate governance in different European countries, as well as EU regulations and Directives on the subject.


19/10 - 23/10/2015
ETI, St. Julian’s, Malta

Our courses aim at empowering Trade Unionists to communicate constructively, openly and more effectively. Developing your argumentation skills in a multi-cultural group helps you to achieve your goals. By helping Trade Unionists to improve their communication skills, we are also opening up the path to making networking with other Trade Unionists across borders easier and more effective. Overcoming the fear of speaking is one of the most important steps towards discussing and arguing in favour of our Trade Union positions at the European level.


Social Policy in the European Union: state of play 2015

28 September 2015

On 23 September 2015, ETUI and OSE presented the 16th edition of the book Social Policy in the European Union: state of play 2015. The event, attended by about 200 participants, took place at the European Economic and Social Committee.


How can unions organise posted workers?

27 September 2015

A new policy brief of the ETUI puts forward strategies trade unions can deploy to recruit members among posted workers in the construction industry. The recommendations are based on national experiences in Finland, the Netherlands and the UK.


New study shows industrialised countries are far from achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals

25 September 2015

The Bertelsmann Stiftung has published a study on 'Sustainable Development Goals: Are the rich countries ready?. The study assessed the extent to which OECD countries are prepared to meet the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls for more participatory democracy in the EU

25 September 2015

On 16 September 2015 the EESC adopted an opinion on how to improve the functioning of the EU by tapping-in the potential of the Lisbon Treaty.


ETUI takes part in cooperation programme between academic research and trade unions in Argentina

21 September 2015

In Argentina the national council for scientific and technical research (CONICET) is seeking to promote cooperation between academic research and social movements, in particular the trade unions. Within this framework, a cooperation programme was concluded with the Belgian national scientific research fund FNRS in the context of which the ETUI received an invitation to present its experience on working conditions to audiences in Argentina.


REACH: European Court of Justice issues judgment favourable to health protection

18 September 2015

In a judgment issued on 10 September, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) endorsed the earlier interpretation by five member states of a point in the REACH regulation concerning chemical substances categorised as being ‘of very high concern’ on account of their carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic properties. The CJEU decision requires vendors of products containing these substances to supply their customers with better information.


Youth unemployment: report criticises lack of coordination in European policies

18 September 2015

For the last twenty years the European Union (EU) has used just one recipe in its efforts to reduce the phenomenon of youth unemployment. Its aim is to improve the ‘employability’ of 15-24 year-olds, 22% of whom are without work (one out of two in both Greece and Spain). A report from the Brussels-based Centre de recherche et d’information socio-politiques (CRISP) points up the contradictions between EU economic policy, focussed on controlling States’ budgetary imbalances, and the programmes to reduce unemployment that call for high levels of investment.


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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