European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.



Jean Lapeyre 06/2017

L’objectif de ce livre est de retracer l’histoire du dialogue social, de sa genèse à son autonomisation au travers de témoignages croisés des protagonistes qui l’ont conçu et développé, des différents textes élaborés, des avis communs aux accords autonomes et de l’analyse du fonctionnement du dialogue social.


Martin Myant 05/2017

This guide provides an analysis of past trade agreements, set within the context of developments in international economic relations. It shows that there can be gains from more trade and economic integration, but that there have also been losers.


Edited by Magdalena Bernaciak and Marta Kahancová 05/2017

This book provides a detailed account of the innovative practices pursued by trade unions in Central and Eastern Europe since 2008. The book covers eleven post-socialist states that joined the EU in 2004, 2007 and 2013: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.


Edited by Steffen Lehndorff, Heiner Dribbusch and Thorsten Schulten 05/2017

This book analyses the development of trade unions in eleven countries (Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK) since the early 2000s. The individual chapters focus on unions' structural, organisational, institutional and discursive power resources.


Béla Galgóczi 05/2017

This working paper looks at wage developments in central and eastern Europe (CEE) over the past twenty years and shows that wages are not only low compared to western Europe but, as demonstrated by a number of variables, also tend to be lower than what the economic potential of these countries would allow for.


Edited by Agnieszka Piasna and Martin Myant (ETUI) 05/2017

myths of employment deregulation

This book looks at the effects of changes in employment regulation on levels and forms of employment in ten EU countries (Spain, Italy, Estonia, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, France, Denmark, and the UK).



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.


26/06 - 24/07/2017

It has been more than 20 years now since the first formal European Works Councils have been established. About 20.000 worker representatives travel around Europe to meet at least once a year and discuss topics which are of interest for the workforce of their companies across borders.  New EWCs are being established every year and new members are being elected and appointed continuously.  This means there is a great need for training on some of the basic aspects.  This on-line course is intended to respond to that need. It will involve about 12 hours of work.

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Bulgarian and Latvian unions educate future workers on their rights

23 June 2017

Trade unions across Europe are looking for new ways to approach young people. Labour organisations in Bulgaria and Latvia have been particularly innovative in this respect: they used non-standard communication channels to raise future workers’ awareness of their rights as employees and acquaint them with union activities.


Bread and Roses - the art of trade union posters in 2036

20 June 2017

The European Trade Union Institute and Meta-Morphosis Editions launched on 15 June a special exhibition of imaginary future trade union posters for the years 2036/2037.


The struggle against ‘junk contracts’ in Poland

15 June 2017

Labour market reforms implemented in Poland since the early 2000s have resulted in a steady expansion of non-standard employment. In recent years, trade unions in Poland have put together innovative instruments to tackle this phenomenon.


Joint roundtable on the future of work

15 June 2017

Digital change already today has an impact on the design of our working environment, from flexible working conditions to the automation of routine work. This trend will continue to intensify in the coming years. But which developments are likely to occur and how to shape the future for the benefit of employees and companies alike?


Estonia: cooperation with Nordic countries’ unions helps to boost union membership

13 June 2017

In 2012, the Nordic and Baltic unions have launched a cooperation project titled the Baltic Organising Academy (BOA). It aims at enhancing unionization in the three Baltic countries. Five years on, the initial assessment of this initiative is particularly encouraging in Estonia, as reported in a book recently published by the ETUI.


HesaMag #15: The precarious state of journalism

12 June 2017

There appears to be no end in view to the crisis gripping the mainstream media, the profit statements of the various media groups are far from the only pitiful sight, and information professionals are also feeling the pressure – these are just some of the conclusions to emerge from the analysis of the state of journalism in Europe which appears in the latest issue of HesaMag – the journal published by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) – and which was carried out in collaboration with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ).


Digitalisation: between disruption and evolution

9 June 2017

What are the implications of the ‘digital revolution’ on the quantity and quality of jobs? Does the digital economy undermine the traditional employment relationship? Is this time really different and disruptive or are we witnessing a gradual evolution of the trend towards an information or knowledge-based society? These are some of the questions tackled by several academic experts in the latest issue of the ETUI’s quarterly 'Transfer – European Review of Labour and Research'.


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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