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Edited by Jan Cremers (Univ. of Amsterdam) and Sigurt Vitols (ETUI) 09/2016

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.


Tim Vlandas and Daphne Halikiopoulou (University of Reading) 09/2016

Working paper Why far right parties do well in times of crisis: the role of labour market institutions

This working paper argues with extensive statistical analysis that the rise of far-right parties in Europe has less to do with the economic crisis and unemployment levels as such but more with specific labour market policies and institutions.


Tom McDonnell, Nevin Economic Research Institute, Dublin 08/2016

Ireland economy

This policy brief analyses Ireland's economic recovery and concludes that the narrative about fiscal austerity and internal devaluation producing an Irish growth miracle is simplistic and misleading.


Florian Rödl and Raphaël Callsen 07/2016

collective social rights

This report examines in depth the legality of the measures taken by the European Union, alongside the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in the wake of the financial and debt crisis.


1/10 - 31/03/2017

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.


Doubling of the resources allocated to the ‘Juncker plan’: no panacea

21 September 2016

In his ‘state of the Union’ speech to the European Parliament on 14 September Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker announced that the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) would be doubled by 2022. According to one ETUI researcher, this is a positive development but not enough.


Almost three-quarters of Belgians are in favour of trade unions

16 September 2016

72 per cent of Belgians have a positive view of trade unions. That is the main finding of a university survey of around 1,900 voters conducted between October 2014 and June 2015.


Cancer: main cause of death in western Europe

15 September 2016

It’s official. Cancer is now the main cause of death in western Europe, overtaking cardiovascular diseases. That is the main conclusion of a study published in August 2016 by the European Heart Journal.


Strikes: a weapon deployed less and less by the unions

6 September 2016

The latest edition of Transfer, the ETUI’s research quarterly that looks in particular at industrial relations, focuses on the strikes and trade union actions that have taken place in Europe since the start of the economic crisis. The university researchers who contributed to this issue have drawn up a map of widely contrasting hues, and considerable variations among countries and sectors. One general trend has emerged, however: trade unions are calling fewer strike actions than they did in the past, particularly at company level.


Collective Bargaining developments July/August 2016

5 September 2016

The summer edition of the collective bargaining newsletter is out. Here are the most important developments at European and member state level:


Letterbox-type practices lead to the exploitation of workers across the EU

25 July 2016

As part of the ETUC-run project on letterbox companies, a report has been published earlier this month that documents tax avoidance and breaches of labour law and social security regulations in meat production, international road transport, car manufacturing and construction.


When negotiating the 'new world of work', best to avoid naivety

20 July 2016

The emergence of a 'new world of work' interferes with traditional forms of work organisation. There is an underlying risk for the workers' movement to lose control on matters as crucial as working hours and working arrangements. Are traditional collective bargaining systems still the proper tool for regulating the new world of work? From a trade union perspective, it was clearly one of the most challenging questions on the agenda at the ETUI conference 'Shaping the new world of work', held in Brussels in June.


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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