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Jörg Bibow 02/2019

This Working Paper examines options for the design of a workable fiscal union for the euro area. It provides a comparative study of fiscal institutions in the US and euro area in order to supply lessons from the operation of the US fiscal regime that could inform the design of the, hitherto dysfunctional, euro regime.


Jan Drahokoupil (ETUI) and Agnieszka Piasna (ETUI) 01/2019

This paper presents a case study of the food delivery platform, Deliveroo, in Belgium in 2016-2018. The case offers insights on the nature of platform work, the workers who perform it, the preferences of workers, the strategy of the platforms, and the role of local regulations.


Edited by Bart Vanhercke, Dalila Ghailani and Sebastiano Sabato 12/2018

This year’s stock-take of Social Europe - Social Policy in the European Union: state of play 2018 - reports on recent EU and national social policymaking with a focus on the game-changing advent of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) one year ago.


Edited by Tony Musu (ETUI) and Laurent Vogel (ETUI) 11/2018

Occupational cancers account for more than 100,000 deaths a year in the EU, yet these could be avoided by eliminating carcinogens in the production processes.


Yves Roquelaure 12/2018

This report presents the current state of scientific knowledge on the ways in which psychosocial factors influence musculoskelatal disorders (MSDs), and their impact on work capacity and quality.


Giorgos Argitis and Nasos Koratzanis 11/2018

This Policy Brief examines prospects for Greek following the recent end of the stabilisation programme put into place as a result of the eurozone debt crisis. The brief argues that rather than stabilising the Greece the programme has left it weaker and more vulnerable to future crisis. It critically examines the programme’s framework and implementation and suggests some policy measures.


Christian Valenduc 11/2018

This working paper reviews key elements of the debate around the Commission’s proposals to tackle the problem of low effective tax rates for multi-national companies by instituting a Common Corporate Tax Base (CCTB).


Slavina Spasova and Bart Vanhercke 10/2018

This policy brief examines issues surrounding recent cuts in pensions provision for workers in arduous and hazardous jobs (WAHJ). Such workers have historically enjoyed better provision because of the strong possibility of them having to take early retirement, but historic arrangements are now under threat. The policy brief presents some data on the working conditions and pensions patterns of WAHJ and provides some policy suggestions...


Grigor Gradev scholarship 2019 is open for applications

14 February 2019

Applications have opened for the 2019 round of the Gridor Gradev scholarship for young researchers. The three month scholarship based at the ETUI was set up in honour of Grigor Gradev, the former Director of the CITUB research institute, who died in 2016.


Detecting work-related diseases using alert and sentinel systems: a report of the European Agency for Safety and Health at work

14 February 2019

A report of the European Agency for Safety and Health at work (EU-OSHA) analyses the alert and sentinel systems used in various European countries for the early detection of work-related diseases. This report is based on the analysis of twelve national schemes implemented in European countries or the United States, all of which help to spotlight health problems caused by bad working conditions and insufficient prevention measures in companies.


Just transition – not just another transition

8 February 2019

Almost 10 years ago, the successor to the international Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, known for its report, Mismeasuring Our Lives: Why GDP Doesn’t Add Up, published a follow-up, Beyond GDP: Measuring What Counts for Economic and Social Performance, in which the authors put more emphasis on inequality and sustainability. For more than twenty years this has also been at the core of trade unions’ demands for the transition to an environmentally sustainable economy.


Collective Bargaining January 2019

7 February 2019

Find below the highlights of the latest issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level in January 2019:


Publication of the directive introducing new limit values into the European legislation on carcinogens

7 February 2019

On 31 January 2019, the Official Journal of the European Union published the text of Directive 2019/130. This directive constitutes the second step of the process of revising the Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work (CMD).


Protecting without being protected. Basic EU social standards not applied to security personnel in the EU

1 February 2019

In recent years, the EU has frequently made use of the provisions in Article 153 of the TFEU to set minimum standards on working and employment conditions of workers in the EU. Although the European Commission consistently tries to define “workers” as broadly as possible to include all workers, the Council has often sought to exclude civil servants or public administrations, police and military personnel from the scope of EU social directives, and recently also emergency services from the scope of the proposed directive on Transparency and Predictability of Working Conditions (TPWC).


An ETUI publication on occupational health translated into Brazilian Portuguese

30 January 2019

In 2018, the Fondation Fundacentro, the Brazilian federal agency responsible for occupational health, decided to publish a Brazilian Portuguese translation of an ETUI book on workplace prevention via posters. The ETUI is happy to thus contribute to the discussion on the importance of trade union action on occupational health.


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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