European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.



Jan Drahokoupil 07/2016

platform economy and employment

This policy brief considers the impact of online platforms on labour markets and on the employment relationship in particular.


Christophe Degryse 02/2016

digitalisation of the economy, future of work

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.


Gérard Valenduc and Patricia Vendramin (Fondation Travail-Université (FTU) ) 04/2016

digital economy working paper

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...


Stan De Spiegelaere 06/2016

European Works Councils report

This report analyses the effectiveness of the EWC Recast Directive in contributing to the establishment of (1) more EWCs and (2) better EWCs.


Jeremy Waddington (ETUI and University of Manchester), Valeria Pulignano and Jeffrey Turk (Unive... 06/2016

European Works Councils

This working paper looks at the views of managers responsible for European Works Councils (EWCs) within multinational companies on the operation of the institution. It also examines the policies of Business Europe on EWCs vis-à-vis the views of these managers.


Thorsten Schulten (WSI) 06/2016

collective bargaining extension

The objective of this policy brief is to: (1) briefly review the different forms, the spread and current practice of extension mechanisms across Europe; (2) discuss the relationship between extension mechanisms, collective bargaining coverage and union density; and finally (3) formulate political recommendations of how to ensure the future of multi-employer bargaining through extension procedures.


Tony Musu (ETUI), Laurent Vogel (ETUI) and Henning Wriedt (Beratungs- und Informationsstelle Arb... 05/2016

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.


15/11 - 17/11/2016
Ghent, Belgium

Gender equality matters us all. It is a fundamental principle of the EU and a priority of the ETUC. Nevertheless, gender inequality takes place in society at large, within the family and at the workplace. Men have difficulties to take parental leaves, single parents to pay for child care, domestic violence continues to be an urgent issue, the gender pay gap is not closed… an endless list. The causes for and the forms of inequality are not exactly the same but there are also similarities in the inequality structures in various countries, families and at plant or office levels. Moreover there is a strong relationship between the lack of equality in society, within families and the situation at work. One more reason for unions to tackle issues indirectly related to work, such as school, partnerships, child care, pensions, in order to handle inequalities at work!


The ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’ scrutinised by ETUI lawyers

30 June 2016

On 8 March 2016 the European Commission launched a public consultation on its ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’ project. Anyone and everyone is invited to respond online to four questions on the substance of the Commission’s text and to six open questions on the current state and future challenges of the EU with regard to social matters. In an ETUI report, published online on 23 June, two lawyers provide a detailed legal analysis and critique of the Commission’s text. Their main fear is that the exercise may be diverted from its original objectives – improving social rights – in order to pursue solely economic objectives.


Where do we go from here? Day 3 Conference 'Shaping the new world of work'

30 June 2016

The final day of the ETUC-ETUI Conference on Shaping the New World of Work looked to the future, and how policy-makers, employers and trade unions can best tackle the challenges of digitalisation.


There should be no 'digital losers', say trade unions. Shaping the New World of Work: Day 2

29 June 2016

“We are living through a digital revolution,” believes Gunther Oettinger, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society. Digital services are transforming every sector of our lives.


From tomorrow's vision to today's trade union actions - Day 1 Conference Shaping the new world of work

28 June 2016

Trade unions must be closely involved in the evolution of a new, climate-friendly global economy based on Internet connectivity and new technologies. World-famous American economist and government adviser Jeremy Rifkin set out his vision for the third industrial revolution at the three-day Shaping the New World of Work conference in Brussels on 27 June, organised by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).


10 things you should know about digitalisation and its impact on labour markets

21 June 2016

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is knocking on our door. It is going to radically change employment and the nature of work in the coming years. Our economies must prepare for a storm of unprecedented technical and socio-economic changes that will affect labour markets and will radically transform our relationship with work. Here are the 10 most significant trends triggered by this digital revolution.


Halfway towards REACH in the United States?

15 June 2016

On 7 June the US Senate approved a reform of the law on dangerous substances. With this vote the regulation of chemical substances will be reformed in a significant manner for the first time in 40 years. The text pays more attention to the environmental and health issues. Hitherto, economic criteria have largely outweighed any others.


Report exposes ‘wage dumping’ by sports equipment manufacturers

15 June 2016

On the eve of the European Football Championships the French NGO Collectif éthique sur l’étiquette has just published a report that lifts the lid on the commercial strategies of the world’s three leading sports equipment manufacturers. To improve their brand image, which was dented in the early 1990s by revelations about their subcontractors’ use of child labour – especially in making footballs – Nike, Adidas and Puma adopted codes of conduct and improved the transparency of their supply chain. Even though the most abusive practices appear to have been ended, however, workers’ wages do not always provide them with decent living standards.


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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