European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.



Jan Drahokoupil 10/2016

This working paper gives an overview of minimum wage policies in Central and Eastern Europe. It shows that minimum wages are an effective tool for reducing inequality by raising the lowest incomes.


Martin Myant 10/2016

This working paper discusses the use of unit labour costs (ULC) by the European Commission as a measure of competitiveness of exports, especially in central and Eastern Europe (CEE).


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.


Edited by Jan Cremers (Univ. of Amsterdam) and Sigurt Vitols (ETUI) 09/2016

This book presents the results of a study of workers’ rights during company takeover situations in Europe. Takeovers are extremely important for workers because a change in ownership frequently leads to restructuring in the firm, including replacement of management, changed working conditions, increased work intensity and/or mass redundancies.


16/01 - 19/01/2017

Trade unions, NGOs and citizens organisations already raised concern that the “Better Regulation” agenda of the European Commission, instead of introducing better and more transparent law making for all its citizens, rather aims to weaken regulations protecting workers, citizens and the environment. It is time to act for real Better Regulations for all!


Whistleblowers need EU protection: sign the petition

24 October 2016

On 17 October, a platform initiated by Eurocadres (Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff) calling for an EU-wide whistleblower protection was launched by the first 48 signatories of a joint statement.


Trade unions crucial for the implementation of EU Social Fund programmes for vocational training

20 October 2016

Despite the considerable effort made in recent years to increase access to lifelong learning, high levels of inequality persist, said Josua Gräbener, a political science researcher at the Université Grenoble-Alpes, at the ETUI’s Monthly Forum of 27 September 2016.


The Commission delivers its evaluation of the implementation of the European social partners’ agreement on harassment and violence

13 October 2016

On 21 September 2016, the European Commission published a report aimed at assessing the framework agreement on harassment and violence at work adopted in 2007 by the European social partners. The document reports wide disparities between countries with regard to the implementation of the agreement and its real impact at company level.


Le travail dans l’économie digitale: quels défis et opportunités?

12 October 2016

Le Parlement européen vient de publier une étude consacrée à la situation des travailleurs dans l’"économie collaborative". Un sujet au centre de l’attention d’un nombre toujours croissant de chercheurs, tant la "face sombre" de la digitalisation de l’économie peut paraître inquiétante d’un point de vue social.


New website on carcinogens at work

10 October 2016

From 10 October, people interested in the issue of workers' exposure to carcinogens can find useful information and resources on This website was developed as part of the European "Roadmap on Carcinogens" campaign, a joint initiative by the EU Council presidencies of 2016 (Netherlands) and 2018 (Austria), the European Commission, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and the European social partners (the European Trade Union Confederation and BusinessEurope).


How electronics firms in Europe get away with employment practices from China

7 October 2016

A recent publication of the European Trade Union Institute finds that electronics firms in Europe often get away with employment practices resembling those in mainland China. This evolution has an impact on working rights and conditions of European workers employed in the electronics sector, especially in Eastern Europe.


Collective Bargaining developments September 2016

6 October 2016

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


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Robert Went, WRR (Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy) on mastering robotisation


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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