European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.



Georg Feigl (AK Wien) 02/2017

This policy brief proposes a new framework (a ‘magic polygon’) and a new scoreboard for an alternative economic policy geared towards well-being, convergence and social-ecological sustainability.


Stan De Spiegelaere 01/2017

Restructuring and EWCs policy brief

This policy brief looks at European transnational restructurings and the role of European Works Councils and presents policy recommendations to provide workers with better information and consultation.


Jukka Takala 10/2015

cancer WP 2015

This working paper presents arguments for a stronger policy to eradicate occupational cancer in Europe and globally.


Christophe Degryse 01/2017

Cover Foresight brief 1 work in the digital economy

For better or worse, the digitalisation of the economy has become an unavoidable theme in political and social debates. This new industrial revolution is predicted to disrupt the processes of production, the world of work and society at large. How can we prepare for this and how can we anticipate its effects? This Foresight Brief aims to draw out vital points concerning the strategic challenges that we believe the world of work faces in this new ‘digital revolution’.


Klaus Lörcher and Isabelle Schömann (ETUI) 10/2016

pillar of social rights ETUI

The aim of the present paper is to provide a basis for an in-depth discussion of the European Commission’s initiative for a ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’ by briefly examining its context. The content of the Commission’s Communication is reviewed and followed by a more detailed analysis of the rights listed in the Annex of the Communication.


Edited by Niklas Bruun, Klaus Lörcher, Isabelle Schömann and Stefan Clauwaert 12/2016

The European social charter and the employment relation

The collection of articles in this book addresses the potential of the European Social Charter to promote and safeguard social rights in Europe.


Chiara Agostini, Valentina Lisi, David Natali and Sebastiano Sabato 01/2017

Structural reforms in 5 EU member states book

This book looks at the structural reforms adopted between 2008 and 2015 in five European Union (EU) countries – the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland and Italy. It provides evidence that the EU influenced structural reforms but lacked a coherent agenda to support growth. In such a context, different countries implemented different reform strategies that reflected their (partly) diverging socio-economic models.


9/05 - 11/05/2017
Sofia, Bulgaria

Organising and recruiting young workers is a matter of survival for trade unions today. Representing workers means not only negotiating better working conditions, but also reducing societal inequalities. Special attention has also to be paid to how to communicate with and organise youth in general during the transition from school to work. This requires appropriate strategies and actions.


Wanted: new head of unit for the ETUI ‘Health and Safety/Working Conditions’ unit

20 February 2017

The ETUI is recruiting a head of unit to manage and supervise the activities of the ‘Health and Safety/Working Conditions’ unit. The head of unit will facilitate the communication and cooperation within the unit and within the research department as well as with the ETUC.


UK: important ruling for self-employed workers' rights

14 February 2017

A British plumber who wanted to reduce his working days has won a legal battle against the London's largest independent plumbing company. On 10 February, the Court of Appeal in London agreed that Gary Smith, a self-employed worker with Pimlico Plumbers, was entitled to holiday and sick pay and other benefits even though the court judged he was technically self-employed.


Transfer February 2017: Trade union membership and organising in Europe

14 February 2017

The European Review of Labour and Research (Transfer) has commissioned two issues that will explore the circumstances of contemporary trade unionism in Europe. The first and current issue looks into the notion of union renewal and explores a range of approaches to renewal and organising, with case studies drawn from four European countries (Germany, Poland, France and Spain).


Encouraging signs of change in EU occupational safety and health policy

10 February 2017

On 10 January this year, the European Commission adopted a communication on the future of EU legislation and policy on occupational safety and health (OSH). ETUI researchers have studied the text and have identified positive signs of a shift in policy in favour of workers, particularly with respect to exposure to chemical risks. The Commission’s proposals regarding a number of problems associated with the organisation of work, however, such as musculoskeletal disorders, remain distinctly unambitious.


Shift work and heavy lifting may reduce women’s fertility

9 February 2017

A physically demanding job or work schedules outside normal office hours may lower a woman's ability to conceive, suggests research published online on 7 February in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. Researchers say women who work nights and irregular shifts have fewer eggs capable of developing into healthy embryos than those who keep regular daytime hours


An expert compares nanotechnology to radioactivity

2 February 2017

‘It is becoming quite urgent to understand the exact mechanisms of nanotoxicity and make a classification depending on the mechanism. Radioactivity or X-rays entered our lives the same way. It took time until researchers understood the mechanisms of action on living organisms’, has warned Vladimir Baulin from University Rovira i Virgili, in Tarragona (Spain).


Collective Bargaining developments January 2017

2 February 2017

Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the first issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter for 2017:


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Jan Popma, Researcher, University Amsterdam on new technologies and health & safety at work


About ETUI

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