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Edited by Jan Drahokoupil (ETUI) 07/2015

This book focuses on the dynamics of outsourcing in Europe from the perspective of employees. In particular, it considers one insufficiently studied aspect: the impact of outsourcing on working conditions and employment relations in companies.


Béla Galgóczi (ETUI) and Janine Leschke (Copenhagen Business School) 07/2015

This Working Paper describes the main trends in post-enlargement east/west intra-EU labour mobility. It looks at how different population groups, nationals, EU8 and EU21 migrants have been affected by the turbulent processes of opening up national labour markets and subsequently by the crisis.


Eric van den Abeele, guest researcher ETUI and lecturer 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.


Edited by David Natali, OSE 06/2014

This 2013 edition of Social developments in the European Union provides key insights from analysts and scholars. Through the critical assessment of the EU economic governance of the last few years, contributors have set guidelines for a reinforced EU social protection and investment plan. The proposals for a pan-European unemployment insurance scheme and an EU minimum income scheme are analysed together with a renewed focus on the ge...


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.


Jan Popma, senior researcher University of Amsterdam 12/2013

The Internet and the use of portable computers, mobile phones and tablets have increased the importance of ‘new ways of work’. This work, which is place- and time-independent, can lead to more autonomy and greater flexibility for workers, but it also carries serious physical as well as psychosocial risks according to this working paper.


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.


Social dumping in Europe: decoding the discourse and elucidating the practices

24 August 2015

As the crisis has become increasingly entrenched, the denunciation of social dumping has developed into a core feature of political discourse. The term is frequently heard in electoral campaigning, used particularly by populist parties of both left and right who employ it as a means of denouncing the abolition of frontiers and resulting free movement of workers within the European Union. But what are the facts and practices to which this rather vague concept purports to refer? Magdalena Bernaciak, a researcher at the ETUI, has edited a book that sets out to define the term and to delineate as objectively as possible the underlying realities.


Summer reading: TTIP: EU citizens’ concerns are well-founded

19 August 2015

In recent months, the negotiations between the European Commission and the United States aimed at reaching an agreement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have led to a massive citizen mobilisation across Europe. Two recent ETUI publications indicate that EU citizens’ concerns in this respect are well-founded.


Summer reading: Intra-EU labour mobility, discrimination and racism at work

17 August 2015

The debate on the free movement of labour within the EU has moved into the foreground as result of the economic crisis. Although the European Commission has repeatedly promoted intra-EU labour mobility as a major contributory phenomenon to the better functioning of European labour markets, concerns about its proliferation are mounting in a number of member states and populist parties are trying to capitalise on these fears. The ETUI has been following these debates and has contributed to them with its own research over the past few years.


Summer reading: The Commission’s ‘Better regulation’ programme and its damaging consequences on workers’ rights

14 August 2015

The European Commission believes that business growth, especially among SMEs, is being held back by overly complicated or outdated EU directives and regulations. This has been its battle cry for some years, disseminated and put into practice through the ‘Better regulation’ and ‘REFIT’ programmes to overhaul Community legislation.


Does Germany profit from the Greek crisis?

12 August 2015

Even should Greece default on its debt, Germany would still end up benefitting from the financial crisis, according to a study by the Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH) published two days ago.


Ten years EU enlargement: what impact on the forces of labour in Central and Eastern Europe?

4 August 2015

The latest issue of Transfer, the Research Quarterly of the ETUI’s Research Department, aims at shedding some light on what ten years of enlargement have meant for labour in Central and Eastern Europe.


Adoption of law to reform industrial relations in France

31 July 2015

The landmark adoption of new industrial relations legislation by the French parliament on 23 July 2015 is likely to significantly alter the industrial relations landscape and, in particular, worker representation practices in France.


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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