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Guides are documents that present an issue in a clear and simple manner and are designed for trainers and/or trade union representatives to support their work.

The impact of trade and investment agreements on decent work and sustainable development

Martin Myant (ETUI)

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.

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Occupational safety and health in 2040: Four scenarios

Aída Ponce del Castillo (ETUI) and Sascha Meinert (IPA, Berlin)

2017
health and safety at work in 2040

This guide is the result of a project looking at the long-term prospects for making better and strategic decisions on occupational safety and health (OSH) in the European Union. The publication presents four potential scenarios (‘wellbeing’, ‘self-reliance’, ‘productivity’ and ‘protection’) for the future of OSH in the European Union.

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Epigenetics and chemical risk management in the workplace

Dr Rokus Renirie and Dr Hildo Krop (IVAM, Research and Consultancy on Sustainability)

2017
epigenetics and chemical risk management at the workplace

This guide provides a comprehensive introduction to epigenetics, the emerging science of biological mechanisms in the DNA that will switch genes on and off. The knowledge of epigenetics is important for workers as it could lead to retrospective proof of past exposure to (adverse) chemicals and early identification of dangerous chemicals at the workplace.

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Endocrine disruptors: an occupational risk in need of recognition

Marie-Anne Mengeot (journalist)

2016
endocrine disruptors guide

This publication's aim is to raise the awareness of union officials and political decision-makers on workers' exposure to endocrine disruptors. A further aim is to draw attention to the gaps in European legislation on the prevention of this type of workplace risk.

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Guide de Formation - Etre citoyen et syndicaliste en Europe

2016
cover guide

Ce guide est destiné aux formateurs et formatrices des organisations syndicales nationales. Il s’agit de mettre à leur disposition un outil leur permettant d’organiser une formation de base sur l’Union européenne (UE) en direction de leurs militants et militantes notamment ceux qui sont peu expérimentés sur les questions européennes. La familiarisation avec la construction de l’UE et
son fonctionnement ainsi qu’avec l’intervention syndicale vise à permettre au mouvement syndical européen, dans son ensemble, de construire une citoyenneté syndicale européenne.

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Education Strategy 2015-2019

Edited by Ulisses Garrido, Education director

2016
education strategy ETUI

This strategic document of the Education department proposes the medium-term orientation of the institute's training activities for the ETUC’s mandate period of 2015-2019.

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The machinery of occupational safety and health policy in the European Union. History, institutions, actors

Laurent Vogel (ETUI)

2015
health and safety, working conditions

This guide gives an overview of the background to, principle actors in, and essential tools of, EU occupational health and safety policy with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of this policy and of facilitating effective intervention at European level.

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Towards a social-ecological transition. Solidarity in the age of environmental challenge

Éloi Laurent (OFCE) and Philippe Pochet (ETUI)

2015
social-ecological transition, environment, climate change

The primary aim of this short guide is to tie the ecological transition firmly to the simultaneous demand for social progress. As the authors see it, such social progress must be erected upon the tripod of equality, employment and social protection. These are the three pillars of the edifice required to produce a social-ecological transition. Simply put, the social-ecological transition answers environmental change with social progress.

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How to organise your communications network

Bruno Demaître (ETUI), Romuald Jagodzinski (ETUI), Sjef Stoop (FNV Formaat)

2015
EWC, European Works Council, Information and consultation

This second in a series of manuals for European Workers' Representatives explains in an easy-to-read format how European Works Council (EWC) members can organise and manage their communications network.

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Tools for effective trade union verbal communication

Romeo Alavi Kia, Integratives Stimmtraining®

2015

A manual that presents a set of tools and practical exercises Trade Unionists can apply to improve their communication skills by better controlling and using their voice.

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Electromagnetic fields in working life. A guide to risk assessment

Kjell Hansson Mild, PhD and Monica Sandström, PhD (Umeå University)

2015
electromagnetic fields cover

This guide is aimed at employers, trade union representatives and, of course, workers potentially exposed to electromagnetic fields. It is also designed as an aid to understanding the new EU Directive on occupational exposure to EMFs (2013/35 EU), which will enter into force in 2016.

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Trade unions and transnational projects (9th edition)

Silvana Pennella, Derek Stubbs (The Lyndhurst Partnership)

2014

The aim of this publication is to introduce some basic skills in developing and managing transnational projects in trade union contexts; to explore the benefits of collaborating on projects with partners in other European countries; and to understand the various kinds of support that the European Commission can offer to transnational projects involving trade unions.

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Preventing work cancers. A workplace health priority

Marie-Anne Mengeot (Journalist)

2014

This publication takes a solid look at the history and causes of work-induced cancers and provides tools for collective prevention.

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Climate change: Implications for employment

Mike Scott, freelance journalist

2014
climate change summary, employment effects

This guide is one of a series summaries of the AR report synthesising the most pertinent findings of AR5 for workers and employment. It was born of the belief that trade unions could make more use of AR5, which is long and highly technical, if it were distilled into an accurate, accessible, timely, relevant and readable summary.

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Field manual - Scenario building

Sascha Meinert, Institute for Prospective Analyses (IPA), Berlin

2014

This manual builds on the ETUI's Worker Participation 2030 project which looked at the future of worker participation under four different scenarios.

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How to monitor and influence the EU decision-making process from a trade union perspective

Silvana Pennella (ETUI)

2013

This training manual aims to provide trade union representatives with the necessary information and guidelines to enable them to influence the decision-making process of the European Union. Its objective is to help trade union representatives monitor and influence the EU decision-making process.

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Nanomaterials and workplace health & safety. What are the issues for workers?

Aïda Ponce Del Castillo (ETUI)

2013

This booklet on the production and use of nanomaterials in workplaces is a new addition. Nanomaterials are coming onto the market in a widening range of uses at a dizzying pace, but the impact on society is going largely undiscussed and the European regulatory framework is arguably ill-suited to these microscopic-scale materials.

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ETUI Trainers’ Guide: Design and Implement Effective Learning and Training Events

ITC-ILO

2013

The ETUI Trainers’ Guide is a toolkit for regular or occasional trainers of the Trade Union movement, dealing with workers’ education and on-the-job learning.
This guide covers the four primary aspects of the learning management cycle. Information and guidelines on how best to analyse, design, develop and implement training activities is addressed.

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Toolkit Trade Union Training for Project Work

2012

The new toolkit Trade Union Training for Project Work produced by the Education Department of the European Trade Union Institute aims to support its programme of certified training in project work and project management for trade unions.

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Trade unions and transnational projects - 8th Edition

2012

The aim of this publication is to explore the benefits of collaborating on projects with partners in other European countries; to introduce some basic skills for managing transnational projects; to demonstrate the need for fresh approaches in education and training; and to understand the role of the European Commission in supporting transnational initiatives in education and training.

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Firefighters: feeling the heat

Fabienne Scandella (ETUI)

2012

The ETUI, in cooperation with the European Federation of Public Service Unions, has recently published a brochure on working conditions for fire-fighters in Europe. It addresses the "classic" risks involved in this profession (risks from smoke, heat, etc.), as well as the impact of the organisation, structure and funding of fire services on firemen’s health and safety.

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How to make your meetings more successful

Bruno Demaître (ETUI), Romuald Jagodzinski (ETUI)

2012

The booklet was developed by the European Workers’ Participation Competence Centre (EWPCC). It is the first of a series of practical and helpfully illustrated manuals for workers’ representatives in transnational information and consultation bodies. The first manual offers some practical tips on how to make meetings European bodies (auch as EWC or SE works councils) more useful, more efficient and more successful. The manual is currently available in eight languages

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The REACH Book

2012

This document contains the full text of the REACH regulation.

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Trade unions and the fight against poverty and social exclusion

ETUI, ETUC

2011

Training guide on the theme of poverty and social exclusion in Europe that aims to capitalise on the momentum created by 2010 The European Year for Combating Poverty in order to hinge the trade union practices of the ETUC’s member organisations in a lasting and proactive manner around five specific themes.

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A classification of methods for assessing and/or preventing the risks of musculoskeletal disorders

Jacques Malchaire (Catholic University of Louvain)

2011
musculoskeletal

The ETUI has recently published a guide showing 15 methods for evaluating and preventing the risks of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace. The methods are classified into three categories depending on the skills needed to use them: detection – analysis – expertise. Through this publication, the ETUI seeks to encourage the participation of workers and their representatives in the detection and prevention of MSDs.

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The European Social Fund 2007-2013: a handbook for trade unions

2010

This handbook produced in cooperation with the ETUC aims to provide general information on the new structure of the ESF for the years 2007-2013, whilst offering targeted support to trade union colleagues from the new 12 Member States, who are participating in the ESF for the first time. Trade unionists are shown how they can get involved in the ESF as a means of bolstering the employment and innovation policies in their countries. It also gives guidance on how to organise training activities about making best use of the ESF.

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A trade union look at the lift sector

Stefano Boy (ETUI) and Bart Samyn (EMF)

2010
Image - publication's cover

This publication summarizes the knowledge and experience accumulated during the six-year cooperation launched in 2004 by EMF and ETUI with the intention of carrying out joint cross-border projects to improve the working conditions of European metal industry workers.

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REACH: an opportunity for trade unions. Putting knowledge to work in the workplace

Tony Musu (ETUI)

2010

The marketing of chemicals - especially those that could harm human health - has been regulated by REACH since 1 June 2007.

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Trade Union Priority List for REACH Authorisation

Tony Musu (ETUI)

2010

To contribute to the practical implementation of REACH, in particular the authorisation procedure by proposing Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) which from a union´s perspective should have priority for inclusion in the Candidate List and potentially in the Authorisation List.

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English for European Trade Unionists Level 1 (basic survival)

2009

This guide is designed to introduce European trade unionists to the English language and contains relevant reading, writing and listening activities and exercises based on authentic texts and situations within a trade union context.

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English for European Trade Unionists Level 2 (Lower intermediate)

2009

This guide (level 2) is designed to improve the English language ability of European trade unionists. It contains relevant reading, writing and listening activities and exercises based on authentic texts and situations within a trade union context.

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The EU Lifelong Learning programme: a handbook for trade unions 4th edition

Derek Stubbs (The Lyndhurst Partnership)

2009

This handbook provides an introduction for trade unions to the European Union’s new Lifelong Learning Programme, which promotes and helps finance collaboration and cooperation in all fields of education and vocational training.

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1989-2009. Twenty years of the Machinery Directive. Twenty years of union action to raise standards

Frédéric Rey and Clotilde de Gastines (Journalists)

2009

This brochure from the ETUI takes stock of trade union participation in European standardization over the twenty years since the Machinery Directive was adopted.

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Production and reproduction

Marie-Anne Mengeot (Journalist)

2008

This booklet sets out to help improve awareness of work-related reproductive hazards.

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English for European Trade Unionists Level 4 (Advanced)

2008

This fourth (and highest) level of language learning materials is designed to improve the English ability of European trade unionists, who already have a very good grasp of the language. It contains relevant reading, writing and listening activities and exercises based on authentic texts and situations within a trade union context.

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The new Machinery Directive. A tool to uncover the changes introduced by the revised directive

Stefano Boy (ETUI) and Ulrich Bamberg (KAN, Germany)

2008

The new Machinery Directive adopted in 2006 came into effect on 29 December 2009. It is a particularly complex piece of legislation that needs a route map through it in order to be implemented with proper regard for workers' safety.

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European trade unions and sustainable development

Syndex, Paris

2008

ETUI guide for trade unions trainers about trade unions and sustainable development, composed of different sections: practical training, theories and information sheets.

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English for European Trade Unionists Level 3 (Upper intermediate)

2008

This third level of language learning materials is designed to improve the English ability of European trade unionists, who already have a good grasp of the language. It contains relevant reading, writing and listening activities and exercises based on authentic texts and situations within a trade union context.

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Social Protection in Europe

2007

Based on the real situations faced by women and men throughout the European Union this guide aims to facilitate: awareness of the approaches and thinking underlying European social protection systems; analysis of the structures and impact of the reforms that are being made; a better understanding of the strategic objectives of the European trade union movement and how these can be pursued at national level; the broadest possible mobilisation in support of those objectives and the underlying values of the social protection systems, such as solidarity and social cohesion

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Occupational cancer. The Cinderella disease

Marie-Anne Mengeot (Journalist)

2007

There were more than a million deaths from cancer in the European Union in 2006. A significant percentage of these deaths were caused by workers being exposed to carcinogens at the workplace.

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Musculoskeletal disorders. An ill-understood pandemic

2007
musculoskeletal disorders guide

This brochure presents a summary of the current scientific knowledge of this complex group of pathologies, examines the connection between MSD and changes in the organisation of work and proposes ideas for a necessary trade union mobilisation against this exploding health problem.

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REACHing the workplace

Tony Musu (ETUI)

2006

The proposed reform of the European legislation on trade in chemical substances, known as REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of CHemicals), pursues two main aims: ensuring a high level of protection for human health and the environment; and strengthening the competitiveness of the European chemical industry.

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Finding your way in the European union health and safety policy

Laurent Vogel (ETUI), Viktor Kempa (ETUI)

2006

This handbook aims to give an overview of the EU institutions and procedures involved in regulating health and safety at work, and the role of trade unions in relation to it.

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TRACE project website and materials databases

2006

The TRACE project focused on the important issues of economic restructuring and the management of change. The project has involved many different European countries, which has also ensured a wide range of materials in different languages.

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Language training for European trade unionists: a guide

2006

This guide describes the concept of language training for trade unionists, and defines the target group and its particular language learning needs.

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Europe and Globalisation

Gérard FONTENEAU (ETUC), Mohsen BEN CHIBANI (CISL), Felipe Van Keirsbilck (CSC), Ullyses GARRIDO (CGT-P IN), Christos TRIANTAFILLOU (INE GSEE), Yullia SIMEONOVA (KNSB), Enrico CAIROLA (ACTRAV)

2005

This training guide was developed as a tool for helping education officers and trainers outline and implement a training strategy on globalisation, which should be linked to their organisation's own values and the ETUC guidelines and focus on: forms of globalisation and the main actors involved; regulations and tools for tackling globalisation; trade union strategies and actions at European and international level.

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Project management resources on the web

2004

This downloadable resource consists of a list of useful websites for obtaining information about various aspects of project management. Whilst by no means an exhaustive list, the websites cover a range of countries and together provide a wealth of valuable experience, resources and information.

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The European Works Council Directive

2004

The EWC Directive of 1994 and its transposition in the Member States have been of considerable interest to trade unions over the years. Some of the key elements in the procedure for establishing EWCs are covered in these PowerPoint presentations.

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Occupational health

Laurent Vogel (ETUI)

2004

This brochure gives a broad-brush picture of some of the on-going debates on workplace health problems in the European Union.

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Project monitoring and evaluation - guidelines

2004

This publication, which was produced with funding from the European Commission, provides a detailed checklist for project managers of steps to be taken during a given project in order to ensure that it is meeting the objectives set by the project partners and serving the interests of the target group. Each suggested "step" is described together with examples of the kind of action that should be taken.

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Transatlantic Training Guide

2003

The overall aim of this guide is to provide a series of activities that can be used in workshops with participants from the USA and Europe who work for the same multinational company (workplace activists and union officials). It is intended to provide understanding of the cultural differences to bridge the potential gap between learning and action, and to deal with the practical problems facing workers in multinational companies.

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Transatlantic Networking Guide

2003

The guide provides a resource that will enable USA and European worker representatives to initiate and improve their working relationships. The guide is to be used together by worker representatives in European countries and the United States in direct communication with each other.

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Eurotrainers' Manual

2002

Flexible and practical guide for tutors working with ETUI Education and for those involved in transnational trade union education.

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Risk estimation for musculoskeletal disorders in machinery design

J. A. Ringelberg (Convenor of the CEN/TC 122 Working Group "Biomechanics") and Theoni Koukoulaki (TUTB)

2002

This guide offers a collection of estimation methods helpful in estimating MSD risk factors in machinery design.

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European trade unions actors for sustainable development

2002

European trade unions went to the Johannesburg Summit with a message: that the current income and natural resource use gap between North and South is not sustainable.

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Training trade union project officers: discussion paper

2000

A set of generic but practical modules on matters such as: managing time, resources and budgets; communication skills; working for quality; EU programmes and funding regimes, etc. for training trade union project officers.

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Risk assessment at the workplace

Laurent Vogel (ETUI)

1999

This guide has been designed as a work tool to help workers' health and safety reps of all kinds to assess working conditions on the shopfloor.

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Focus

  • This document contains the full text of the REACH regulation.