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Valeria Pulignano 02/2019

This Working Paper tackles two questions: what counts as work within a deregulated labour market; and what are the implications for the study of precariousness?


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).


Collective Bargaining February 2019

19 March 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 February 2019:


ETUI celebrates International Women’s Day

12 March 2019

Women and men working at International Trade Union House marked International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March with strikes and speeches. Women’s Day is held every year across the world to raise awareness of women’s political and economic marginalisation.


Momentum builds behind a European minimum wage

7 March 2019

Momentum is building behind a European minimum wage policy, a topic which is expected to play a significant part in the 2019 European Parliament elections. Pressure for a European pay floor is part of a growing debate over the role of minimum wages for the concept of Social Europe.


Plastic – a human health crisis

21 February 2019

A recent report from a coalition of NGOs lead by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) reveals that plastic is a human health crisis hiding in plain sight. To date, research into the human health impacts of plastic have focused narrowly on specific moments in the plastic lifecycle, often on single products, processes, or exposure pathways. This approach fails to recognize that significant, complex, and intersecting human health impacts occur at every stage of the plastic lifecycle: from extraction of fossil fuels, to consumer use, to disposal and beyond. According to the report, uncertainties and knowledge gaps often impede regulation and the ability of workers, consumers and policymakers to make informed decisions. However, the full scale of health impacts throughout plastic’s lifecycle are overwhelming and warrant a precautionary approach.


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.


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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