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.


Christophe Degryse 02/2015

While the European intersectoral social dialogue has been, according to the Commission’s own admission, dragging its feet for the last few years on account of a lack of commitment on the part of the private sector employers, the sectoral social dialogue is often presented as a more dynamic and successful venture. A dialogue along sectoral lines has been set in motion by employer and labour organisations from a current total of 43 economic sectors of the European economy (...


Alfredo Menéndez-Navarro 02/2015

This book stemming from the exhibition ‘The art of preventive health and safety in Europe’ presents historical and vintage posters from various European countries showing how graphic design has been used to promote health and safety prevention in more than 20 different cultural environments.


Edited by Steffen Lehndorff 01/2015

This book is a follow-up to the 2012 volume 'The triumph of failed ideas'. The focus of the book is the weight attributed to the different economic and social development paths in ten individual EU countries, and their interaction with the austerity regime established at EU level which in fact is deepening the crisis rather than paving ways out of it.


Martin Myant 02/2015

This policy brief analyses the recently launched EU plan for strategic investments pointing to several shortcomings that will significantly limit its positive effects.


Kjell Hansson Mild, PhD and Monica Sandström, PhD (Umeå University) 02/2015

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This guide is aimed at employers, trade union representatives and, of course, workers potentially exposed to electromagnetic fields. It is also designed as an aid to understanding the new EU Directive on occupational exposure to EMFs (2013/35 EU), which will enter into force in 2016.


19/05 - 21/05/2015

The gender perspective is hardly genuinely mainstreamed throughout the political decision-making processes. The result of it, downstream, is patent: social policy is undermined and so is Democracy.


13 May 2015
ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7th floor; 12h30-14h00

In this Monthly Forum, an expert from Finance Watch will discuss the European policy response to the crisis, analysing how much has been done to regulate the banking and financial system, what still needs to be done in the public interest, and how some of the recent initiatives are – or are not – contributing to these much-needed developments.


ETUI contributes to new occupational health and safety ‘bible’

10 April 2015

The ETUI has been involved in coordinating and preparing a new compendium on health and safety in the workplace. Entitled Les risques du travail. Pour ne pas perdre sa vie à la gagner (‘Work-related risks. So as not to lose your life while earning your living’), this work looks back over the main changes that have taken place in the world of work in the last thirty years and at their impact on workers’ health. Four ETUI researchers have contributed to the volume.


Developments of collective bargaining March 2015

3 April 2015

The Collective Bargaining newsletter presents the most important developments at European and Member States levels on a monthly basis.
Here are the key issues of the past month:


ETUI report questions the European dogma

26 March 2015

The 2015 edition of the annual ETUC/ETUI Benchmarking Working Europe report was presented on 20 March in Brussels. This year the ETUI chose to focus this presentation of its updated inventory of the European labour situation on three aspects covered by the European Commission’s Annual Growth Survey: the investment plan, budgetary responsibility, and structural reforms.


Unions sound the alarm on nanos in food

26 March 2015

On 12 March, the IUF, an international federation of trade unions representing workers employed in the preparation and manufacture of food and beverages, published policy recommendations on the increasing use of nanomaterials by food-related industries.


How to break the austerity consensus

23 March 2015

Greece has shown how to defy the prevailing European consensus on austerity, offering hope of a better, fairer future, according to economist James Galbraith. Galbraith, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and informal economic advisor to Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, told an ETUI conference on alternatives to austerity in Brussels on March 20 that Greece could spur change across Europe.


Has Europe given up on gender equality?

23 March 2015

Gender equality has been central to the European integration project from the outset. But is concern for this goal becoming purely symbolic and devoid of real effects? As described by Sophie Jacquot, a researcher at Sciences Po Paris, the last ten years or so have seen a slow but steady process of dismantling of the European project designed to ensure equality between men and women.


Minimum wages in Europe still very modest

17 March 2015

The Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Institut (WSI) within the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung based in Düsseldorf, Germany has updated its Minimum Wage Database which is available in German and English..

The WSI Minimum Wage Database provides an overview of the development and current levels of minimum wages in 30 countries, including all 22 EU Member States which have a statutory minimum wage. This makes the WSI Minimum Wage Database one of the most comprehensive cross-nationally comparative sources of information on minimum wages.


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Video report conference 'Europe’s dilemma: austerity revisited or a new path for sustainable growth', 20 March 2015


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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