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16/01/2018

Economic uncertainty, not the economic crisis, at the root of far-right upsurge in Europe

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The recent electoral success of far-right parties with explicitly anti-EU agendas has sparked a lively debate at both the national and EU levels on its causes and potential remedies. The debate on the ‘Future of Europe’ launched by the European Commission last spring has been partly motivated by this phenomenon. The ETUI devoted its last Monthly Forum of 2017 to this topic, which is also a worrying development for trade unions as more and more far-right parties claim to defend workers’ rights.

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16/01/2018

Social policy in the EU in 2017: high expectations but low concrete delivery

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The 2017 edition of the book Social policy in the European Union: state of play shows that although some progress has been made, the EU’s socio-economic governance is still not addressing macroeconomic, fiscal and social challenges equally. At the launch of the 18th edition of the joint European Social Observatory (OSE) and ETUI publication on 12 December, Gabi Bischoff, President of the Workers’ Group at the European Economic and Social Committee and host of the event, expressed her desire that the 2017 edition should become a ‘demarcation’ book marking the beginning of a debate on whether the EU is currently moving towards disintegration, ‘differentiated integration’ or further integration.

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12/01/2018

HesaMag # 16 – The future of work in the digital era

The latest issue of HesaMag, the ETUI periodical dealing with occupational safety and health, investigates the impact of new technologies on working conditions and workers’ health and safety in industrial sectors, as well as in intellectual professions.

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11/01/2018

Collective Bargaining December 2017

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Find below the highlights of the December issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:

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18/12/2017

Two narratives, one future

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In a recent Foresight Brief, ETUI General Director Philippe Pochet attempts to draw together the narratives of two major trends which will determine what the future will look like in the coming decades: climate change and the digitalisation of the economy. They have both been subject to separate analyses, but so far there does not seem to have been any unified approach to reconciling these two ‘alternative futures’.

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8/12/2017

Collective Bargaining November 2017

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Find below the highlights of the November issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:

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8/12/2017

A combined approach needed at EU level to address the problem of contingent work

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The growth of atypical work across the European Union is the research subject of many studies, but only a few analyse the issue of the decline of the standard employment relationship from the point of view of core and contingent work. This core/contingent perspective was the guiding theme of the 2014 edition of the Pontignano International Labour Law Seminar and later became the subject of the book "Core and Contingent Work", presented at an ETUI lunch debate on 1 December.

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5/12/2017

Using the EMU to make the most out of the Social Pillar

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The European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), proclaimed on 17 November in Gothenburg, was put forward by the EU institutions with the objective of rebalancing the economic and social dimensions of the EU. However, the EPSR is a soft law instrument and might not be sufficiently strong to ensure actual implementation of its principles.

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4/12/2017

New issue of Transfer: internationalisation and trade union power

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Most of the articles featured in the 2017 ‘open issue’ of Transfer, the European Review of Labour and Research, analyse the challenges that workers are facing in different European countries due to the internationalisation of work practices and regulations, as well as the ways in which trade unions mobilise local and international resources to address these challenges.

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1/12/2017

Belgian political parties favour co-determination of employees in company boards

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Two weeks ago, the Flemish Green party of Belgium (Groen) approved a text calling for, among other things, employee representatives in company boards. The approval is mostly symbolic as the Green party has no detailed plan of how this form of co-determination should be organized. The congress text mentions the need for employee representatives to sit in company boards in order to foster the democracy and participation in organizations and as a means to support constructive relations between employers and employees on strategic company issues.

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