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.


20 Mar 2015
Thon Hotel EU (room Belgium), Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels; 13h30 – 16h

The European Trade Union Institute, in collaboration with the European Trade Union Confederation and the European Trade Union Federations, is pleased to invite you to a high-level conference on alternatives to the current management of the Euro crisis.Although the Juncker Commission has included in its programme some new accents, such as Europe’s strategic investment plan, the Eurogroup’s negotiations with the new Greek government have made it clear that EU leaders remain reluctant to let go of their failing austerity narrative. Contrary to their claims that there is no alternative, severa...


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.


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.


31 Mar 2015
ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, room B; 12h30-14h00

How have the Nordic countries – with their different ties to the EU and the euro – fared during the financial crisis? How did they recover from their own financial crises in the early 1990s? What have these upheavals, together with recent political and economic transformations, implied for the once so celebrated Nordic models? What are the main challenges facing the Nordic models and their labour movements when looking towards 2030?These issues are analysed in a new report from Fafo commissioned by SAMAK – the cooperation committee of the Nordic trade unions and social democratic parties....


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.


Greece: Greek Labour Institute economist comments on the new government

10 March 2015

Christos Triantafillou, an economist at the Labour Institute of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (INE-GSEE), offered – at a lunchtime debate organised by the ETUI on 25 February – an analysis of the prospects opened up by the recent political changes in his country.


Women’s health and work: the quest for visibility

6 March 2015

The conference on women’s health and work, organised by the ETUI from 4 to 6 March in Brussels, showed that a situation of equal rights for men and women in the workplace is very far from having been achieved. A serious obstacle on the road to such equality is the invisibility of the specific risks to which working women are exposed and that stem frequently from work organisation methods. The deeply entrenched nature of sexual segregation on the labour market and of sexist stereotypes serves to reinforce the status quo.


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Interview Karen Messing during the conference 'Women's health and work', 4-6 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