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Workers on the route

Register to attend the event Launch of HesaMag#25: ‘Workers on the route’ From the consumer goods transported by ship or lorry and the meals delivered to us directly by bike, through to the trains and buses we take every day to get to work and the flights we book to go on holiday, it’s clear that transport workers are absolutely essential to our... Find out more

Why the EU’s patchy ‘just transition’ framework is not up to meeting its climate ambitions

Policy recommendations The social dimension of the European Green Deal remains underdeveloped. The social and employment-related challenges of the green transition span many dimensions, such as job losses and employment transitions, reskilling and upskilling of the workforce, distributional effects of decarbonisation policies, the protection of... Find out more

Michael Dauderstädt, Cinzia Alcidi, Francesco Corti, ...

Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2021

The European Union is currently fighting on two main fronts, Covid-19 and climate change, though with skirmishes elsewhere – including migration and the rule of law. While science seems to be slowly gaining the upper hand in the fight against the pandemic, despite setbacks like the latest Omicron attack, Covid-19 continues to hold global society in... Find out more

Gender inequality in performance-related pay

Policy implications Research shows that performance-related pay is becoming increasingly prevalent across the EU and that it contributes to pay inequalities between men and women. Men are more likely to receive performance-related pay, and in higher amounts, because it tends to be available in larger firms, at the higher end of the wage... Find out more

Benchmarking Working Europe 2021

It has almost become a cliché to say that the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities while also generating new ones. However, the following pages of this year’s Benchmarking Working Europe clearly reveal that, far from being a platitude, the nexus between the pandemic and rising inequalities is both increasingly measurable and... Find out more

Wouter Zwysen, Jan Drahokoupil

Are collective agreements losing their bite?

This paper describes the evolution of collective bargaining coverage in European countries during 2002-2018 and links it to changes in the evolution of the pay premia received by workers covered by collective bargaining. It uses evidence from the European Structure of Earnings Survey (ESES) to map developments in 28 European countries. We analyse... Find out more

Agnieszka Piasna, Wouter Zwysen, Jan Drahokoupil

The platform economy in Europe

This paper presents some of the key insights from the second wave of the ETUI Internet and Platform Work Survey (ETUI IPWS) conducted in 14 member states of the European Union (EU) in Spring 2021. The use of standard probability sampling allows us to estimate the proportion of internet and platform workers, and to identify their characteristics, in... Find out more

Psychosocial risks in Europe

Key points Psychosocial risks (PSR) are increasingly impacting all industries in every Member States. The effects of psychosocial risks can be longlasting and have both physical and psychological impacts on workers’ lives (such as depression, musculoskeletal disorders or burnout). Employers are under an obligation to protect workers’ safety and... Find out more

Sebastiano Sabato, Bart Vanhercke, Anne-Catherine Guio

A ‘Social Imbalances Procedure’ for the EU

In view of the formidable challenges ahead related to recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and to the green and digital transitions, the EU social governance toolbox should urgently be strengthened. This paper discusses the conditions for and added value of setting up an EU Social Imbalances Procedure (SIP), which would be a significant step in this... Find out more

Stan De Spiegelaere, Romuald Jagodzinski, Jeremy Waddington

European Works Councils: contested and still in the making

Following the adoption of Council directive 94/45/EC (the EWC directive) more than 1,250 EWCs were established. This industrial relations institution was intended to ensure transnational information and consultation were available to worker representatives within MNCs that met the thresholds of the legislation. Initially the quality of information... Find out more

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May 03, 2022

When history meets the future

Every year we mark the 1st of May as a holiday in our calendars. It provides a good occasion to commemorate history and appreciate the long way the workers’ movement has come. The origin of this day... Find out more

May 03, 2022

Workers’ memorial day: ETUC calls to end deaths at work by 2030

On the International Workers Memorial Day, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) launched a manifesto urging the European Union, member state governments and employers to bring an end to... Find out more

May 03, 2022

Meta facing lawsuit over the poor working conditions of content moderators

Under the threat of an expensive lawsuit, Meta is distancing itself from the claims that one of its main subcontractor for content moderation violated a number of employee rights in its Kenyan hub... Find out more

April 28, 2022

Eternit trial: fairer compensation for asbestos victims?

Subscrible to our newsletters! 28 April 2022 marks the beginning of the trial against Eternit. The plaintiff Mr. Eric Jonckheere is suing the company, holding it civilly liable for exposing not only... Find out more