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Lisa Berntsen, Tilburg University, the Netherlands and Nathan Lillie, University of Juväskylä, F... 07/2015

social dumping

This Policy Brief demonstrates how legal ambiguities in the EU’s regulatory framework on worker mobility between EU member states allow companies to circumvent social regulations in order to save on labour costs.


Magdalena Bernaciak 06/2015

CEE industrial relations

This working paper maps out developments of industrial relations in Central-Eastern Europe (CEE) during the period 2008-2014. It looks at wage trends and public sector austerity measures, collective bargaining practices, social dialogue performance and the incidence of strikes and protests.


Laszlo Horwitz (GIZ) and Martin Myant (ETUI) 06/2015

working paper Spain labour market reforms

This working paper looks at recent structural reforms of the Spanish labour market and evaluates them against the government’s stated objectives to reduce unemployment.


Eric van den Abeele, guest researcher at ETUI and lecturer at the University of Mons. 05/2015

better regulation, REFIT

This Working Paper aims to shed light on the machinations behind recent developments regarding the Better Regulation agenda. How should we interpret the Commission’s insistence on relentlessly attacking its own legislation? Why does it constantly refer to the costs, yet never once mention the benefits? Eric van de Abeele, who has already written several publications on the subject, has taken an in-depth look at seven key components o...


Isabelle Schömann 05/2015

REFIT better regulation

This policy brief describes the historical and political background of the EU's 'Regulatory Fitness and Performance' (REFIT)' programme, its mechanisms and instruments as well as challenges of this exercise in 'better regulation' for Social Europe.



Benchmarking Working Europe 2015

Published every year, the report analyses the state of working Europe explaining with the aid of statistics and graphs the main trends in terms of Europe’s macro-economic situation, its labour market development, the situation of wages and collective bargaining, and worker participation.


Bruno Demaître (ETUI), Romuald Jagodzinski (ETUI), Sjef Stoop (FNV Formaat) 05/2015

EWC, European Works Council, Information and consultation

This second in a series of manuals for European Workers' Representatives explains in an easy-to-read format how European Works Council (EWC) members can organise and manage their communications network.


19/10 - 23/10/2015
Rome, Italy

The course is meant to reinforce Trade Union knowledge and action in Europe. The European training for young Trade Union leaders is designed as a 10-month course combining three residential seminars (face-to-face activities) with group activities on specific issues to be carried out between the seminars.


Collective Bargaining developments June 2015

2 July 2015

Highlights of the June issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the following most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:


The ETUI examines the incidence of exposure to chemicals in the agricultural sector

1 July 2015

More than 40 trade unionists from 14 European countries attended the ETUI’s annual seminar on chemical substances held in Dublin on 25 and 26 June last. An important focus of this 11th edition of the event was the risks linked to exposure to pesticides in the agriculture sector.


ETUI contributes to second congress of Spanish association of labour science research centres

25 June 2015

On 18 and 19 June 2015, the Spanish association of academic industrial relations and labour science research centres held its second congress in Bilbao. The focus of the gathering – in which researchers from some 30 different universities took part – was the study of industrial relations from the standpoint of the demand for a transition towards a social economy as an embodiment of solidarity.


Psychosocial and musculoskeletal risk factors the most widespread in Europe’s workplaces

24 June 2015

Psychosocial and musculoskeletal risk factors are the most widespread in Europe’s workplaces, according to the Second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-2). The results of this survey — which collected responses from almost 50,000 workplaces — were unveiled on 23 June at the European Parliament.


HesaMag #11: The nursing world at tipping point

24 June 2015

Deteriorating working conditions, lack of staff, job burnout: the health sector has been experiencing a serious crisis for a number of years. Across Europe, the trade unions are ringing alarm bells. The health of their members is at serious risk. The latest issue of HesaMag, published in mid-June, takes stock of the current general health of the nursing profession.


European campaign against letterbox companies

19 June 2015

Earlier this week the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) launched a European campaign on letterbox companies. The campaign is being organised simultaneously by 76 unions in 34 countries and is targeted at fake letterbox companies which have no real economic activities. Those companies increasingly serve as a means of committing social dumping and fraud, according to the Unions behind the initiative.


A publication that links the world of work and the experts

18 June 2015

As part of its traditional monthly forum, on 9 June the ETUI organised a debate between three coordinators of the book ‘Les risques du travail’ and around 80 people. Thirty years after its first edition, which had helped to increase the visibility of the occupational risks in France, the new edition, the fruit of collaboration between the ETUI and the publisher La Découverte, seeks once again to build bridges between workers and committed experts.


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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