European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.

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Charlotte Olijslagers and Stan De Spiegelaere (ETUI) 10/2019

Policy brief

This policy brief considers the lack of European Works Councils through a Belgian perspective. It discusses Belgian companies who are currently engaged in establishing one or have developed ‘functionally equivalent’ structures. The remaining companies are confronted with serious obstacles to establishing a European Works Council, principally: (i) a lack of knowledge about them, (ii) weak and time-consuming national-level information...

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Jean-Paul Tricart 09/2019

This Working Paper analyses the development of the interpretation that the European Commission has given to the TFEU provision concerning mechanisms for extensions of collective agreements. The paper examines how the Commission has reinterpreted these provision and the challenges this poses for the social partners.

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Stefan Clauwaert 09/2019

csr2019

This is the ninth cycle under the European Semester system since its launch in 2011, but it is also the second set of CSRs launched since the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) in November 2017.

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Torsten Müller 08/2019

This working paper provides data confirming that workers in lower-skilled health and social care assistant positions earn considerably less than the national average wage in their country.

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Agnieszka Piasna 08/2019

The policy brief examines the low unionisation rate among Deliveroo riders that seems to be partly due to a lack of organising initiatives and strategies on the part of trade unions.

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Edited by Torsten Müller, Kurt Vandaele and Jeremy Waddington 07/2019

This collection of four volumes charts the development of collective bargaining since the year 2000 in the 28 EU Member States. These four volumes document how the institutions of collective bargaining have been removed, fundamentally altered or markedly narrowed in scope in all 28 EU Member States.

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Agnieszka Piasna 07/2019

This policy brief considers what is the scope for addressing the challenges linked to irregular work schedules in EU social and employment policy.

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Edited by Isabelle Daugareilh, Christophe Degryse and Philippe Pochet 06/2019

This Working Paper brings together two parallel but complementary approaches to the impact of the platform economy on working conditions and social law.

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Brian Fabo and Martin Guzi 06/2019

This policy brief details the necessary amounts for dignified living according to official EU figures and the perceptions of Europeans, as well as the actual disposable income of families in the lower part of the income distribution across EU member states. The research shows that households not being able to fulfil their needs is not just a question of their relative income but in some countries reflects the general low level of wa...

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Gabriela Portela 05/2019

leaflet ETUI learning approach

ETUI Education offers a distinctive European Trade union training programme in a multicultural setting. We provide high quality training on key competences, skills and knowledge to European Trade union members and officers, that is focused on strengthening and expanding the sense of belonging to a common community. In this guide you will have an insight into our learning approach, our mission and impact of our training programmes and learning pathways.

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Democratising the economy: a solution for inequality and climate change

4 November 2019

What is the common cause of escalating inequalities, the concentration of capital ownership and climate damage – the three major problems we are facing today? According to Ewan McGaughey, Senior Lecturer at King's College London, it is the fact that votes in the economy (on company management and investment, etc.) are controlled by banks and asset managers. The remedy to this problem is thus to democratise the economy, as we have done with the political system. As McGaughey declared in his presentation at an ETUI lunch debate on 28 October, “Instead of one person, one vote, in the economic system it’s one euro, one vote.”

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France: a status report on the occupational health of firefighters

28 October 2019

ANSES, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety, has just published a report summarising current knowledge on the occupational health of firefighters.

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Can the cocktail effect of chemical products contribute to autism?

28 October 2019

An in vitro research project conducted by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) reveals that certain substances, although non-toxic when tested alone, can, when mixed with other substances, have a negative impact on neuronal development. These results were presented by Ana Bal-Price in September 2019 at the 47th European Teratology Conference and published in the September 2019 issue of the Reproductive Toxicology journal.

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Collective Bargaining newsletter September 2019

25 October 2019

Please 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 September 2019.

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Thailand about to ban glyphosate

25 October 2019

After Vietnam, Thailand is set to become the second large Asian agricultural country to completely ban glyphosate in an effort to protect its population. The substance is the active ingredient of Roundup, the top-selling herbicide produced by Monsanto, the US company acquired by German multinational Bayer in June 2018.

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Why and how the US, China and the EU should abandon economic growth

24 October 2019

In the ten years since the final report of the (Stiglitz) Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, we have witnessed the publication of hundreds of reports and indicators on the subject. But according to Eloi Laurent, who spoke at the ETUI Monthly Forum on 17 October, there are now two imperative issues. First, a consistent framework linking wellbeing and sustainability needs to be built, with health as a central element. Secondly, the alternative indicators need to be made operational.

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From Juncker to the new Commission, passing by the Social Pillar

23 October 2019

The latest podcast by Social Europe looks back at the Juncker Commission and the difficulties and challenges it has faced. Editor-in Chief Henning Meyer and ETUI General Director Philippe Pochet discuss the social policy record of the Juncker Commission and that although progress has been made, there is still a long way to go in many aspects. Philippe Pochet discusses the improvements made from the Barroso Commission and explores different areas which are still challenging and need to be tackled.
The issue of platform workers is one of the problematic topics. Despite new written directives and contracts that have been proposed by the new Commission, people are still faced with the challenge of having to choose between defending the worker or the company. “Not enough has been done yet to address the full scale of the problem” says Pochet.

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  • ETUI learning approach

    leaflet ETUI learning approach

    ETUI Education offers a distinctive European Trade union training programme in a multicultural setting.

    We provide high quality training on key competences, skills and knowledge to European Trade union members and officers, that is focused on strengthening and expanding the sense of belonging to a common community.

    In this guide you will have an insight into our learning approach, our mission and impact of our training programmes and learning pathways.

    Read more

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From Junker to the new Commission, passing by the social Pillar, by Philippe Pochet

About ETUI

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

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