The Trade Union related Research Institutes (TURI) network is aimed at establishing a structural, non-thematic and long-term platform for formal contacts between the institutes supporting the trade union movement across Europe, thereby laying the foundations for more and better collaboration and knowledge-sharing between them and integrating the European dimension in their research work in a more natural way. TURI should facilitate the emergence of common projects; it is a tool for mapping expertise and is aimed at helping trade-union-related institutes to engage in comparative research.
Implementation of the TURI project started in November 2007 and the network was inaugurated by its initial members at their first meeting on 14 February 2008. Currently, TURI has 35 members from 19 European countries. While the institutes vary a great deal in terms of size, financing and areas of expertise, all confirm the need for trade-union-related research institutes to pool their knowledge and competences on a European level in order to match the needs of trade unions today. Many of the socioeconomic questions dealt with on a national level are of relevance for all or most trade unions in Europe. The various processes on the European and global level need European and global responses, and this applies to research too. Hence, there seems to be a need for a more systematic and formal approach to cooperation between the TURIs in Europe.
The TURI platform is not intended to replace existing thematic networks, but rather to form a centre for the establishment of future thematic networks, when needed.
For more information about the network and its activities, visit the TURI website.
Guy Van Gyes and Thorsten Schulten