European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.



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.


Marie-Anne Mengeot (journalist) 12/2016

endocrine disruptors guide

This publication's aim is to raise the awareness of union officials and political decision-makers on workers' exposure to endocrine disruptors. A further aim is to draw attention to the gaps in European legislation on the prevention of this type of workplace risk.


Martin Myant and Laura Brandhuber (ETUI) 12/2016

Uses and abuses of the OECD's employment protection legislation index

This paper provides a critical assessment of the OECD's Employment Protection Legislation (EPL). This indicator is designed to measure and compare employment protection legislation across countries and has dominated much of recent labour market policy making in the EU.


22/02 - 24/02/2017

Organized crime controls legal and illegal markets, sometimes affecting the economic development of entire regions. It takes advantage of the crisis to expand its scope in the economy and society. Workers and unions in legal industries sometimes interact with actors in illegal economies. Workers even have sometimes to work for criminal organizations (i.e. forced labour). Trade Unions have to play an active role to combat these phenomena and defend workers victim of organized crime. By sharing the knowledge acquired by some unions and tackling the issue with ther social actors, trade unions can safeguard decent work and the fundamental rights at work against the development of the illegal economy. To these purposes: 1. it is important to explore, in a comparative way, the function of workers and trade unions on anti-corruption plans; 2. several trade unions, CGIL included, are already developing studies and surveys to assess the phenomena and try to have a wider perspective on it.


French elections: the Socialist candidates and their pre-election social policy promises

19 January 2017

The candidate who will run for the Socialist Party in the French presidential elections to be held in spring 2017 will be officially nominated in an ‘open primary’ ballot involving two rounds of voting on 22 and 29 January 2017. The ETUI has examined the manifestos of the front-runners, and their positions on the key issues affecting trade unions are outlined below. Emmanuel Macron and Jean-Luc Mélenchon – two leading political figures on the left who have announced their intention to run in the presidential elections but have refused to take part in the open primary organised by the Socialist Party and its allies – have also been included.


Italy: Constitutional Court rejects a referendum on a key provision of the labour market reform

18 January 2017

Italy’s main trade union confederation, the Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL), lost its case before the Constitutional Court, which on 11 January 2017 rejected the proposal for a popular referendum to repeal a highly controversial provision of that law. The ‘Jobs Act’ on the reform of the labour market had repealed a very emblematic provision of Italy’s social relations, i.e. Article 18 of the Workers’ Statute, which made it mandatory to reinstate in a company an employee who had been unfairly dismissed.


News issue of HesaMag: Labour inspection, a public service in crisis

13 January 2017

The articles published in the latest issue of HesaMag, the ETUI half-yearly publication on occupational health, are now online. The issue contains a special feature on labour inspection in Europe.


Belgium: social partners achieve consensus on wage increases

13 January 2017

On 11 January, Belgian employers’ and trade union organisations agreed to adopt a social agreement for 2017-2018, paving the way for a 1.1% annual wage rise on top of pay scale increases and automatic wage indexation.


Wage increases and collective bargaining crucial to getting the European economy back on track

12 January 2017

The dominant view of the crisis in Europe is that it is a crisis of competitiveness, and wages are seen as the key adjustment variable to improving competitiveness through the reduction of labour costs. However, the ETUI publication ‘Wage bargaining under the new European Economic Governance’, recently updated and translated into German, comes up with a different diagnosis of the causes of the crisis and proposes alternative strategies.


European Commission fails to protect workers against diesel fumes

11 January 2017

On 10 January, the European Commission published its second draft of the revised Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work. The omission of diesel engine exhaust from this draft has prompted criticism by the European trade union movement.


Collective Bargaining developments December 2016

10 January 2017

Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the last issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter for 2016:


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Simon Deakin, Professor of Law, University Cambridge, on labour law and technological change


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