In the context of the announced revision of the directive on carcinogenic substances, this publication reviews the limitations of the existing legislation and outlines the priorities for its reform.
This working paper provides an overview of labour market policies in the Slovak Republic, from the beginning of the post-socialist transition to the recent period, characterised by growing pressure for fiscal stringency from the European Union (EU). It investigates the differences between the prevalent trends in labour market policies before and after 2010 and it finds little difference between them.
With this year’s chosen focus – ‘prepared for the future?’ – the new edition of Benchmarking working Europe analyses the state of working Europe with the aid of a multi-level and multi-dimensional set of indicators.
This paper sets out to analyse the digital economy and changes in work by sifting elements of continuity from others that are radically new. Aspects examined are: genuinely new features encountered in the digital economy model; major instances of technological change observable in the working environment; new forms of work in the digital economy; distance and employment relationships; challenges entailed in regulating a labour world...
This book investigates restructuring in the electronics industry and in particular the impact of a ‘Chinese’ labour regime on work and employment practices in the electronics assembly in Europe. It studies Foxconn, the world largest electronics manufacturing service provider and the main assember of Apple's iPhone and iPad.
This working paper gives an overview of the new possibilities opened up by the 4th industrial revolution and tackles some specific questions in relation to its effects on the labour market, including on the status of employees, on working conditions and on training. It examines the role that trade unions can play in the digital economy and the main initiatives already proposed at European trade union level in this context.
The focus of this paper is the need to reshape the financial assistance programmes and the related activities of the Troika in a way that would make them more socially and democratically acceptable. The starting point, therefore, is an analysis of the current role of the Troika and of each of its three constituent institutions in the framework of the financial assistance programmes.
The online courses provided by the ETUI cover 2 levels, low-Intermediate to Intermediate, and Intermediate to upper-Intermediate. They are part of the language and communication training programme delivered by the ETUI every year. Each course has a duration of 6 months.
Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the April issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:
Despite several encouraging signs, the social and economic situation in the European Union remains unstable. With no sign of a change of course in the austerity policies that have been pursued over the past few years, there is little cause for optimism. These at least were the main conclusions drawn from the presentation of the Benchmarking Working Europe 2016 report, held in Brussels on 19 April.
The European Commission and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) have launched a two-year Europe-wide campaign under the banner 'Healthy Workplaces for All Ages'. The initiative, which is backed by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), focuses on the need to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing from the beginning of working life.
Every year on 28 April, the trade unions stage an event to condemn deaths caused by work. This year, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has chosen to focus on the need to adopt new health and safety laws at EU level. “Workers need better protection. New laws are needed now,” said Esther Lynch, the ETUC Confederal Secretary in charge of occupational health and safety issues.
The Belgian government is currently refining a draft reform of statutory working time that will favour an increase in flexible working. The government believes that this reform will respond to the wishes of many workers by allowing for a better balance between family and working life. Trade unions, however, fear that this flexibility will only work one way, serving first and foremost the needs and interests of business.
ETUI researcher Magdalena Bernaciak was invited to speak at the roundtable discussion on ‘Labour Mobility and Citizenship: Safeguarding Social Standards in Europe’, organised on 3 April at the European Economic and Social Committee by Solidar, a European network of NGOs dealing with labour rights and social justice.
New research has identified certain occupations and industries that may contribute to the risk of workers developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a group of related cancers affecting part of the body’s immune system.
Course Ljubljana, 22 May - 28 May 2016
Course Madrid, 9 May - 11 May 2016
9 May 2016
ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7th floor; 12h30-14h00
11 May - 13 May 2016
Auditório do Montepio Geral, Lisbon and Hotel do Mar, Sesimbra
26 May 2016
ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7th floor; 12h30 - 14h
27 Jun - 29 Jun 2016
Hotel Thon Europe, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
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