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Vincent Pasquier and Alex J. Wood 07/2018

This policy brief discusses how social media can help renew trade union collective action and strengthen the labour movement’s capacity to mobilise. It demonstrates how social media can strengthen campaigning activities by examining two recent union-led campaigns in the United States: ‘OUR Walmart’ and ‘Fight for 15’.


Edited by Salvo Leonardi and Roberto Pedersini 06/2018

This edited volume maps different trajectories in national collective bargaining systems in Europe since the Great Recession. Since the start of the crisis in 2008, wage setting and collective bargaining systems in many EU countries have been under tremendous pressure to follow the logic of companies and market imperatives. Fostering decentralization of collective bargaining has been one of the key objectives of the New European Econ...


Jenny Jansson and Katrin Uba 08/2018

This policy brief examines how trade unions can use YouTube videos as a tool for organising and informing trade unionists and workers. Although often expensive to produce, YouTube content offers an effective way for trade unions to reach out to young people who are less likely to be union members.


Iain Begg 07/2018

This policy brief evaluates the backdrop to the European Commission’s proposals for the EU’s coming seven-year budget round, or Multi-annual Financial Framework. As usual, the negotiations are a careful balancing act between net contributors to the EU budget and its main beneficiaries and are expected to extend well into 2019.


Bia Carneiro 06/2018

This policy brief assesses the presence and the relationships brokered by trade union confederations through their online channels, in order to, first, find out who they are engaging with and, second, to consider whether these virtual connections have any implications for the wider discussion about union revitalisation.


Béla Galgóczi 06/2018

This Policy Brief examines implications of the EU’s targets for reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for labour markets. The brief argues that, given the enormous challenges, an equitable transition to a zero-carbon economy should be given higher priority and a clear allotment of EU financial resources.


Christoph Dörrenbächer, Mike Geppert, Daniel Pastuh and Matthias Tomenendal  07/2018


Multi-national corporations (MNCs) are constantly undergoing a process of standardisation and reorganisation (S&R), which is fuelled by the rapid development of information technology (IT). These developments require an in-depth and systematic inquiry as they have serious ramifications for labour and workers’ participation across Europe. Moreover, there is a lack of systematic research into the effects of these new, and especiall...


Kurt Vandaele 06/2018


Via a non-exhaustive mapping of various examples in Western European countries, this Working Paper explores to what extent the collective representation and voice of digital platform workers are being shaped by current dynamics in the platform economy. The argument is developed that currently emerging patterns hint at a possible co-existence or combinations of mainstream trade unions and other unions and union-like organisations defending platform workers’ needs and intere...


Brian Fabo 06/2018

This policy brief examines the concept of a ‘Living Wage’ and its place in European political discourse. A Living wage is commonly understood as a needs-based estimate of the funds necessary for provision of basic goods for a worker and his/her family. Although the idea has seen a resurgence following the launch of the European Pillar of social rights, there is still no widely accepted conceptualization of it, or its relationship wit...



Analysing the state of 'working Europe' with the aid of a multi-level and multi-dimensional set of indicators and thus assessing what current EU policies have achieved or have not achieved, the Benchmarking Working Europe 2018 demonstrates that, despite renewed economic growth in GDP terms, the proceeds of this growth are being unequally shared and structural problems in the areas of education, infrastructure and R&D remain due t...


17/09 - 26/10/2018

It has been more than 20 years now since the first formal European Works Councils have been established. About 20.000 worker representatives travel around Europe to meet at least once a year and discuss topics which are of interest for the workforce of their companies across borders. 

New EWCs are being established every year and new members are being elected and appointed continuously.  This means there is a great need for training on some of the basic aspects. 

This on-line course is intended to respond to that need. It will involve about 12 hours of work.

Participation fees: free of charge



New issue of Transfer on "work and employment grey zones" out now

7 August 2018

The August 2018 edition of Transfer, the European Review of Labour and Research, has just been published with a focus on ‘work and employment grey zones: new ways to apprehend emerging labour market norms.’


New study shows that female-dominated sectors pay lower than average

13 July 2018

Low pay is a major problem in certain parts of the public services - particularly those where women make up the majority of workers.


ETUI seminar on carcinogens at work and chemical risks

6 July 2018

The 14th edition of the ETUI’s annual seminar on workers’ protection and chemicals took place in Brussels on 21 and 22 June 2018. It brought together some 40 trade union members from across Europe with a view to coordinating trade union action on the fight against occupational cancers.


Collective Bargaining June 2018

5 July 2018

Find below the highlights of the latest issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the last month:


EU Commission’ s country-specific recommendations for 2018-2019 show clear influence of the European Pillar of Social Rights, say ETUI researchers

4 July 2018

The ETUI’s analysis of the European Commission’s latest set of Country-specific Recommendations (CSRs) for 2018-2019, has been published. While this set of CSRs, published on 23 May 2018, is the eighth produced under the European Semester system since its launch in 2011, it is the first issued since the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) in November 2017. As a result, this years’ CSRs were much awaited as the Commission had already on several occasions indicated that the European Semester, and in particular the CSRs, were going to serve as the main vehicle for the implementation of the 20 Principles in the EPSR.


500 Movers and shakers meet to discuss how to manage the future world of work

27 June 2018

Four global mega trends that are radically changing the world of work – decarbonisation, digitalisation, globalisation and demographic change - cannot simply be left to the market and will bring changes that need to be anticipated and managed together, warn the European Trade Union Confederation and Institute (ETUC and ETUI).


HesaMag n°17: All that glitters is not gold: the dark side of the beauty industry

22 June 2018

The latest issue of HesaMag, the ETUI periodical dealing with occupational safety and health, investigates the working conditions in the beauty industry. Because they contribute to our wellbeing, beauty professionals are rarely seen as workers who face health and safety risks. And yet, those who take care of the body of others pay the price with their personal health.


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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