In the context of the announced revision of the directive on carcinogenic substances, this publication reviews the limitations of the existing legislation and outlines the priorities for its reform.
This working paper provides an overview of labour market policies in the Slovak Republic, from the beginning of the post-socialist transition to the recent period, characterised by growing pressure for fiscal stringency from the European Union (EU). It investigates the differences between the prevalent trends in labour market policies before and after 2010 and it finds little difference between them.
With this year’s chosen focus – ‘prepared for the future?’ – the new edition of Benchmarking working Europe analyses the state of working Europe with the aid of a multi-level and multi-dimensional set of indicators.
This paper sets out to analyse the digital economy and changes in work by sifting elements of continuity from others that are radically new. Aspects examined are: genuinely new features encountered in the digital economy model; major instances of technological change observable in the working environment; new forms of work in the digital economy; distance and employment relationships; challenges entailed in regulating a labour world...
This book investigates restructuring in the electronics industry and in particular the impact of a ‘Chinese’ labour regime on work and employment practices in the electronics assembly in Europe. It studies Foxconn, the world largest electronics manufacturing service provider and the main assember of Apple's iPhone and iPad.
This working paper gives an overview of the new possibilities opened up by the 4th industrial revolution and tackles some specific questions in relation to its effects on the labour market, including on the status of employees, on working conditions and on training. It examines the role that trade unions can play in the digital economy and the main initiatives already proposed at European trade union level in this context.
The focus of this paper is the need to reshape the financial assistance programmes and the related activities of the Troika in a way that would make them more socially and democratically acceptable. The starting point, therefore, is an analysis of the current role of the Troika and of each of its three constituent institutions in the framework of the financial assistance programmes.
Gender equality matters us all. It is a fundamental principle of the EU and a priority of the ETUC. Nevertheless, gender inequality takes place in society at large, within the family and at the workplace. Men have difficulties to take parental leaves, single parents to pay for child care, domestic violence continues to be an urgent issue, the gender pay gap is not closed… an endless list. The causes for and the forms of inequality are not exactly the same but there are also similarities in the inequality structures in various countries, families and at plant or office levels. Moreover there is a strong relationship between the lack of equality in society, within families and the situation at work. One more reason for unions to tackle issues indirectly related to work, such as school, partnerships, child care, pensions, in order to handle inequalities at work!
This year’s gathering of trade union-related researchers took place in Lisbon and Sesimbra on 11 to 13 May. The eighth annual conference of the TURI network was organised by the ETUI in cooperation with its Portuguese members - the Centre for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra and the Instituto Ruben Rolo (IRR) - and with the kind support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Portugal and Montepio Geral – Associação Mutualista.
The state of the labour movement in the US and Europe and the efforts of trade unions to organise migrant workers and attract more young workers were the big themes of this year’s Transatlantic Social Dialogue meeting, organised by the European Trade Union Institute, Hans Böckler Stiftung and the Worker Institute of Cornell University.
Trade unions are mobilising to urge the European Union to take precautionary action on the use of glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide. Glyphosate is the main active ingredient of the well-known product RoundUp, manufactured by the US agrochemical and biotechnology giant Monsanto. Although glyphosate was classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in March 2015, it is still used to control grass and weeds in fields, backyards and gardens.
On 8 March 2016 the European Commission launched a broad consultation on its project ‘European pillar of social rights’. Civil society has been invited to give its views on the minimum wage, rights to representation, health and safety, working time and many other matters related to the European Union’s social dimension. Is this initiative capable of making progress with Social Europe? Trade union and NGO officials, as well as researchers presented their first impressions on 9 May this year, at an ETUI monthly forum.
On 11 May the European Commission adopted a proposal for a revision of the Directive on the prevention of occupational cancers. The text proposes to adopt binding occupational exposure limits (OELs) for 13 substances. The previous directive only provided for three. The ETUI welcomes the fact that, after more than 10 years of procrastination, the European Commission has finally decided to strengthen its legislation against carcinogens in the workplace. It believes that the proposal does not go far enough, however.
Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the April issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:
Despite several encouraging signs, the social and economic situation in the European Union remains unstable. With no sign of a change of course in the austerity policies that have been pursued over the past few years, there is little cause for optimism. These at least were the main conclusions drawn from the presentation of the Benchmarking Working Europe 2016 report, held in Brussels on 19 April.
Course Bratislava, 6 Jul - 8 Jul 2016
Course Lyon, 4 Jul - 6 Jul 2016
2 Jun 2016
ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7th floor; 12h30-14h00
27 Jun - 29 Jun 2016
Hotel Thon Europe, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
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