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Aïda Ponce Del Castillo 02/2020

Labour in the age of AI: why regulation is needed to protect workers

AI, along with other new technologies such as robotics, machine learning and blockchain, will disrupt life as we know it. If Europe develops regulation according to its values and, in particular, ensures the protection of workers, it can become a genuine global player and win the AI race while remaining faithful to its democratic identity.

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Simon Joyce, Denis Neumann, Vera Trappmann and Charles Umney 02/2020

The main cause globally for labour protest is pay, with considerable geographical variation when it comes to other causes for dispute. Types of platform labour protest appear to vary more substantially between regions than between industries. Mainstream unions play a vital role in defending platform workers’ interests, especially in western Europe, while in the global South, protests are much more likely to be led by grassroots union...

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Torsten Müller (ETUI) and Thorsten Schulten (WSI) 02/2020

The European Commission published a consultation document with a view to take legislative action to establish fair minimum wages in Europe. In this policy brief, the researchers argue for a pragmatic approach of taking the ‘in-work-poverty-wage’ threshold of 60 per cent of the national full-time gross median wage as the reference to assess the adequacy of minimum wages.

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Edited by Zane Rasnača and Magdalena Bernaciak 01/2020

Posting of workers before national courts

Intra-EU employee posting remains a politically and legally contentious matter that continues to feature on the agendas of lawmakers, trade unions and researchers alike. Numerous cases brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), as well as recent and ongoing revisions of the posting-related EU legal framework, suggest that problems are arising from clashing legal competences, weak enforcement and the breach and/...

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Edited by Stan De Spiegelaere and Romuald Jagodzinski 12/2019

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A unique survey data that gives an insight into the functioning of European Works councils (EWC) from the perspective of employee representatives. This publication presents the results of the largest survey of EWC representatives conducted to date. The survey documents the opinions on a wide range of topics of more than 1,600 employee representatives from all EU countries representing over 300 different EWCs and provides a graphical...

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Nacho Álvarez, Georg Feigl, Nasos Koratzanis, Markus Marterbauer, Catherine Mathieu, Tom McDonne... 12/2019

Starting from the view that the crises in the euro zone were basically triggered by financial markets and reinforced by a lack of instruments for effective economic policy at the EMU level (Economic and Monetary Union), this working paper contributes to the ongoing debate on how to reform the Eurozone.

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Agnieszka Piasna 12/2019

The objective is to map the extent of digital labour in central and eastern Europe (CEE) based on the analysis of two types of online sources for generating income: internet work; and its subset, platform work.

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Edited by Laurent Vogel and Mehmet Koksal 12/2019

HesaMag 20

Fortress Europe may be erecting barricades to shut out the rest of the world, but these barricades are encountering resistance in the form of numerous new initiatives launched not only by groups of migrants who have banded together to fight for their rights, but also by other organisations acting in solidarity and out of a desire to build a fairer future. Trade unions – which from their very inception have striven to overcome the div...

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Edited by Béla Galgóczi (ETUI) 11/2019

Book - Towards a just transition Galgóczi

The role of trade unions and social dialogue is key in demonstrating the major differences between coal-based energy generation and the automobile industry. This book presents two faces of a just transition towards a net-zero carbon economy by drawing lessons from these two carbon-intensive sectors.

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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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Submit your research paper on Towards the establishment of eco-social welfare systems in Europe

17 February 2020

This year’s 18th edition of the ESPAnet Annual Conference, will be held in Leuven hosted by the Team Social Policy and Social Work of the Faculty of Social Sciences of KU Leuven. Denis Bouget (Université de Nantes) and Philippe Pochet (ETUI) will hold a special Stream on Towards the establishment of eco-social welfare systems in Europe.

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The gap between real labour productivity and wage growth

14 February 2020

Principle 6a of the European Pillar of Social Rights states that ‘Workers have the right to fair wages that provide for a decent standard of living’. A yardstick for gauging the fairness of earned wages is whether they correspond to the increases in labour productivity, as this is an indicator of the contribution of workers to output growth. If wages grow at least as fast as labour productivity, then wage growth is by and large following a ‘fair’ path. But has this been the case in Europe?

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New issue of Transfer on vocational education

13 February 2020

The financial crisis has left Europe with severe labour market mismatches which in some countries lead to high unemployment, especially among young people without higher education degrees. Although there seems to be a widely accepted consensus that skills needs are changing, there is no agreement on how the education systems should respond. A solution that has proved its effectiveness in the past is dual vocational education and training (dual VET) – a form of education in which students combine school with in-company training and this way acquire skills relevant to the labour market they will be joining.

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ETUI to draft impact assessment report on machinery directive

13 February 2020

The European Economic and Social Committee( EESC) has turned to the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) to draft the Information Report (Impact Assessment) on the Machinery Directive.

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Collective Bargaining newsletter January 2020

6 February 2020

Please find below the highlights of the first issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter for 2020 with the most important developments at European and member state level in January 2020.

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Collective bargaining still very relevant in a changing world of work

30 January 2020

Does collective bargaining still matter and, if so, what role can it play, together with workers’ voice, in a rapidly changing world of work? These are the main questions that the recently published OECD report on collective bargaining attempts to answer.

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Just transition – condicio sine qua non for the European Green Deal

30 January 2020

The subject of the extraordinary well attended edition of the ETUI Monthly forum on 21 January was the European Green Deal and just transition. As Philippe Pochet, ETUI’s General director, pointed out in his introduction, just transition has always been a key topic for the ETUI but in the new work programme it will be an overarching priority. However, the way we look at this issue has evolved, which is also why there is no question mark after the title of this year’s ETUI flagship conference taking place at the end of June – Towards a new socio-ecological contract.

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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

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