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24/03/2017

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

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.

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22/03/2017

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

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.

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22/03/2017

Alternative economist Tim Jackson proposes abandoning the ideology of growth

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.

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14/03/2017

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

Benchmarking working Europe - wages and collective bargaining

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.

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12/03/2017

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

Benchmarking working Europe 2017 labour markets

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.

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9/03/2017

Benchmarking working Europe 2017: Faltering recovery under threat again

Benchmarking working Europe 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.

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8/03/2017

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

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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7/03/2017

Call for Comments: Paying minimum wage on online labor platforms

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Should online labor platforms have minimum wages? What should they be? How should they be enforced? Should workers on the same platform in different countries have different minimum wages? Are different minimum wage schemes needed for different kinds of platforms?

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3/03/2017

New opportunities to move from the growth paradigm to the well-being paradigm

In Europe and elsewhere, the sacrosanct gross domestic product (GDP) continues to be the main yardstick for measuring economic performance. Yet the concept of “the well-being of its peoples” has in fact been a feature of the European Treaty since the very foundation of the European Economic Community. How can the well-being paradigm replace the growth paradigm? At an ETUI Monthly Forum on 23 February, the Austrian economist Georg Feigl presented a tool that could refocus European and national economic policies.

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3/03/2017

Collective Bargaining developments February 2017

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

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