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Digitalisation and Brexit viewed from a south-east European perspective

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The latest issue of the SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe focuses on the potential effects of digitalization on the labour markets in the region. It also identifies and evaluates the risks of Brexit for Eastern Europe.

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Transfer tackles the consequences of digitalization on the European labour market

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The new edition of Transfer explores developments in the digital economy and the likely implications for Europe’s workers. This new issue is the second-part of a two issue extensive exploration of the consequences of digitalization on Europe’s labour markets.

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France: Government unveils its plans to overhaul the Labour Code

On 31 August, the French Government published the fruits of its work over the summer months – five decrees laying out far-reaching reforms to the Labour Code.

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Foreign direct investment in the automotive sector set to trap CEE countries and Spain in low-wage competition

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A recent ETUI publication investigates the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the automotive industry in central and eastern European (CEE) countries and Spain and highlights its limitations.

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Being on a zero-hours contract is bad for your health

Young adults who are employed on zero-hours contracts are less likely to be in good health, and are at higher risk of poor mental health than workers with stable jobs, according to a research published on 5 July 2017 by the Institute of Education at the University College London.

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Bulgarian and Romanian trade unions go digital

In recent years, CEE trade unions have tried to broaden the range of services they offer and reach beyond their usual target groups. They have also made extensive use of modern information and communication technologies.

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Lithuanian and Czech trade unions launch anonymous membership schemes

After the systemic transition in Central Eastern Europe, joining a trade union entailed considerable risks. Multinational corporations that had invested in the postsocialist region proved reluctant to grant their new employees extensive participatory rights, and locally established enterprises were largely union-hostile. Under these circumstances, a fear of repression or a job loss often prevented workers from joining company-level labour organisation.

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Key milestone in the fight against occupational cancers

On 11 July 2017, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) approved a draft compromise on revisions to the Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work, negotiated between the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Parliament as part of the first phase of the revision process. The occupational exposure limit values (OELs) set out in this document should ensure that much more is done to protect workers.

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Seven ETUI Eurotrainers recognised and certified by Lille1 University

On 29 June 2017, a landmark day for ETUI Education and trade union training, seven Eurotrainers who have been working directly with the ETUI in recent years had their competences and skills recognised and accredited by Lille1 University in France.

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María Luz Rodríguez, former Spanish vice-Minister of Employment joins the ETUI

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The ETUI is delighted to welcome María Luz Rodríguez, Associate Professor in Labor and Social Security Law at Castilla-La Mancha University (Spain) as associate researcher for the month of July. She will be conducting a research on crowdworkers and platform capitalism in the framework of the Foresight Unit.

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