Social dumping has become one of the most pressing political and social concerns in the EU as it exerts downward pressure on wages and working conditions. A new ETUI working paper provides a definition of social dumping, explores the mechanisms underlying these practices and demonstrates how the EU’s internal market policies and the enlargement process have provided market actors with new incentives and opportunities to circumvent social regulations.
The XXth World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, held in Frankfurt (Germany) from 24-27 August, brought together nearly 4,000 participants. The ETUI was represented by Aida Ponce Del Castillo, the head of the ETUI Working Conditions, Health & Safety unit.
The ETUI will participate in a new research project on the causes and consequences of the inclusion of labour provisions in preferential trade agreements (PTAs). The project is financed by the Swiss Network for International Studies and includes several other consortium members (e.g. the ILO).
After years of harsh austerity policies, the European Union remains confronted with anaemic growth, high unemployment, rising poverty and growing divergences between countries and social groups. No wonder that the recent European elections highlighted citizens’ doubts and fears about of the EU’s current political and social course. Therefore, it is high time for fresh ideas and real alternatives. Even the new Commission president recently mentioned the need for a new start for Europe. But which new start? Which new path should the EU choose?
News 28 May 2014
Course on line, 1 Oct - 31 Mar 2015
4 Sep 2014
Please note - New venue: ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7 floor; 12h30-14h
8 Sep 2014
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Brussels; 12.30 – 14.30
15 Sep 2014
London, Wolfson Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, New Academic Building
24 Sep - 26 Sep 2014
Hotel Thon Europe, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
15 Oct - 16 Oct 2014
Brussels, International Trade Union House, Boulevard Albert II, 5, 1210 Brussels
1 Jul 2014
European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Building Van Maerlant, Room VM3, rue Van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels; 9h30-16h00
27 May 2014
ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, room B, 12h30-14h
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