This working paper gives an overview of minimum wage policies in Central and Eastern Europe. It shows that minimum wages are an effective tool for reducing inequality by raising the lowest incomes. Minimum wages can have some, albeit limited, role in increasing aggregate productivity and promoting economic upgrading. However, to be truly effective in raising wages and productivity, minimum wages would need to be accompanied by a stronger role for collective bargaining in...
This working paper discusses the use of unit labour costs (ULC) by the European Commission as a measure of competitiveness of exports, especially in central and Eastern Europe (CEE). It shows the flawed nature of the European Commission’s argument that increasing wages ahead of measured productivity would necessarily represent a threat to export competitiveness. In fact, past history has shown rising unit labour costs and rising relative wages have frequently accompanied...
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 book presents the results of a study of workers’ rights during company takeover situations in Europe. Takeovers are extremely important for workers because a change in ownership frequently leads to restructuring in the firm, including replacement of management, changed working conditions, increased work intensity and/or mass redundancies.
Trade unions, NGOs and citizens organisations already raised concern that the “Better Regulation” agenda of the European Commission, instead of introducing better and more transparent law making for all its citizens, rather aims to weaken regulations protecting workers, citizens and the environment. It is time to act for real Better Regulations for all!
On 17 October, a platform initiated by Eurocadres (Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff) calling for an EU-wide whistleblower protection was launched by the first 48 signatories of a joint statement.
Despite the considerable effort made in recent years to increase access to lifelong learning, high levels of inequality persist, said Josua Gräbener, a political science researcher at the Université Grenoble-Alpes, at the ETUI’s Monthly Forum of 27 September 2016.
On 21 September 2016, the European Commission published a report aimed at assessing the framework agreement on harassment and violence at work adopted in 2007 by the European social partners. The document reports wide disparities between countries with regard to the implementation of the agreement and its real impact at company level.
Le Parlement européen vient de publier une étude consacrée à la situation des travailleurs dans l’"économie collaborative". Un sujet au centre de l’attention d’un nombre toujours croissant de chercheurs, tant la "face sombre" de la digitalisation de l’économie peut paraître inquiétante d’un point de vue social.
From 10 October, people interested in the issue of workers' exposure to carcinogens can find useful information and resources on www.roadmaponcarcinogens.eu. This website was developed as part of the European "Roadmap on Carcinogens" campaign, a joint initiative by the EU Council presidencies of 2016 (Netherlands) and 2018 (Austria), the European Commission, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and the European social partners (the European Trade Union Confederation and BusinessEurope).
A recent publication of the European Trade Union Institute finds that electronics firms in Europe often get away with employment practices resembling those in mainland China. This evolution has an impact on working rights and conditions of European workers employed in the electronics sector, especially in Eastern Europe.
Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the September issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:
News 7 Sep 2016
Course Protaras (Cyprus), 24 Jan - 27 Jan 2017
24 Oct 2016
ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7th floor; 13:00 - 14:30
26 Oct 2016
European Economic and Social Committee, room JDE/3252 (3rd floor of the JDE building), Rue Belliard 99, 1040 Brussels; 13:00 - 14:30
16 Dec 2016
ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7th floor; 12:30 - 14:00
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