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The European Commission’s legislative proposals on reforming the EU economic governance framework: a first assessment

Policy pointers The proposed economic governance rules should match the elevated importance they attribute to public investment, with fewer constraints on Member States to undertake the necessary investment to meet pressing common priorities, such as the just green transition and upward social convergence. More flexible safeguards on net public... Find out more

Benchmarking Working Europe 2023

The central questions and main contextual background explored by this year’s issue of Benchmarking are, at their core, fairly straightforward. Europe is at a crossroads, painfully navigating four transitions at once: a (perhaps less than obvious) economic policy transition best exemplified by the debates surrounding the EU economic governance... Find out more

Job quality in turbulent times

This paper presents the latest results of the European Job Quality Index, updated with 2021 data, and compares the relative performance of EU countries on the Index over time. The study makes both a conceptual and an empirical contribution, by proposing an approach to measuring job quality suitable for comparative cross-national research, as well... Find out more

Vladimir Bogoeski, Zane Rasnača, Elisabeth Brameshuber, ...

Report on the social security rights of short-term third-country national migrant workers

This report provides an overview of the ways in which EU and EEA Member States have regulated their social security frameworks in relation to short-term third-country national (TCN) migrant workers. It presents the result of an extensive mapping exercise carried out in 24 EU Member States, as well as Iceland and Norway, focussing on the... Find out more

Bart Vanhercke, Sebastiano Sabato, Slavina Spasova, ...

Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2022

At the beginning of 2022, hopes were high that the Covid-19 pandemic was on the ebb and that the European Union (EU) would be able to focus again on the main challenge of this century: how to proactively tackle the green and digital transition in a socially fair and inclusive way. But the Russian invasion of Ukraine dashed these hopes. Realpolitik... Find out more

Béla Galgóczi, Tommaso Pardi, Wolfgang Schade, ...

On the way to electromobility - a green(er) but more unequal future?

As it becomes clearer and clearer that none of the 14 million jobs in the broad automobile industry will remain unaffected by the transition to e-mobility, less attention has been paid to what would happen if Europe’s car industry failed to keep pace with the global competition in fast-evolving zero emission technologies. A new book from ETUI... Find out more

Minimum wage developments in 2022

Key points and policy recommendations Despite substantial minimum wage increases, in almost half of the Member States with a statutory minimum wage, these were not sufficient to safeguard the purchasing power of minimum-wage earners in the current cost-of-living crisis. In order to better mitigate the negative effects of high inflation on the lives... Find out more

An untapped resource for trade unions

Policy recommendations • A critical mass of trade union members, i.e. beyond union activists, are willing to perform less-demanding tasks in support of their union; this is an internal union resource that is currently underutilised. As union tasks differ in terms of effort and time, they should be tested beforehand to estimate which kinds appeal to... Find out more

Juggling online gigs with offline jobs

Online labour platforms are redefining the world of work, but little is known even now about the drivers of worker engagement in this type of activity. Earlier studies focused on individual preferences and job characteristics such as flexibility or low entry barriers, but the relative role of such pull factors is limited given widespread worker... Find out more

Tommaso Pardi

Heavier, faster and less affordable cars

Between 1990 and 2019, the European transport sector was expected to reduce its CO2 emissions by 40 per cent to keep track with the 100 per cent CO2 reduction target on the 1990 level set by the European Commission for 2050. But, in fact, the transport sector has increased its CO2 emissions by 32 per cent during these last 30 years, with passenger... Find out more

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June 01, 2023

ETUI Education showcases the new Learn.ETUI App at the ETUC Congress in Berlin

From May 23rd-May 26th the ETUI team was out in force in Berlin, Germany, supporting the ETUC-CES at their 15th Congress. Throughout the week, national trade union delegates, general secretaries and... Find out more

May 31, 2023

The European Economic and Social Committee in favour of legislation on psychosocial risks

On the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is calling on the Commission to adopt binding legislation to prevent psychosocial risks at... Find out more

May 31, 2023

Asbestos: the European Parliament is in favour of drastically lowering the exposure limit value

On 28 September 2022, the European Commission published a proposal to revise the Asbestos Directive, lowering the occupational exposure limit value (OELV) from 100,000 to 10,000 fibres/m³. Tony Musu... Find out more

May 23, 2023

Collective bargaining news highlights - April 2023

Denmark: new collective agreement for private sector approved A new collective bargaining agreement was approved by trade union members, securing employment conditions for around 600,000 private... Find out more