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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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


Aïda Ponce Del Castillo 05/2019

cover guide

Why do foresight? To look at reality from different perspectives. Like any organisation, trade unions have to navigate a complex and interconnected environment where they face constant and evolving social, economic, environmental and technological realities. Foresight can help trade unions by shedding light on ‘blind spots’, enable them to make better decisions and shape different possible futures.


Sotiria Theodoropoulou 05/2019

This Working Paper addresses the issue of ‘fair’ wage growth over the last few decades. It assesses whether growth in real compensation is systematically associated with labour productivity growth and, if so, whether the two have ‘decoupled’ in recent years. The paper examines country-specific evidence from 25 Member States and finds evidence for a widening of the wage-productivity gap in the 1970s and 1980s which has only been partially closed in recent years.


Jean-Paul Tricart 05/2019

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.


Peter Scherrer, Juliane Bir, Wolfgang Kowalsky, Reinhard Kuhlmann and Matthieu Méaulle 05/2019

This collected volume aims to inform and advance the debate on how to achieve a more social and sustainable Europe. Its four chapters and a conclusion address the nature of Europe, the future of the European Union and the political and economic development of the continent. The book argues that strong and assertive trade unions are the most reliable representatives of working people; however they need to change and evolve in order to...


Mijin Cha, Camille Dupuy, Jane Holgate, Melanie Simms and Maite Tapia 05/2019

This Policy Brief discusses trade union strategies towards engaging young workers in union campaigns or organisational structures, as well as initiatives from young workers themselves directed at gaining a collective voice at work. The brief is based on a three year research project and includes a number of case studies of young worker engagement, as well as some suggestions on strategy for trade unions as they try to reach out to yo...


Kurt Vandaele 05/2019

This report details shifts in trade union membership and density in 32 European countries since 2000, with a particular focus on the age structure within trade unions. The report uncovers substantial variations in unionisation rates, with the least unionised countries in the 2000s having largely stayed at the bottom of the ‘unionisation league’ in the 2010s and countries with higher incidences maintaining their positions further up. Overall, however, membership and density...


France Télécom: institutional harassment before a court

18 July 2019

A landmark trial ended on 11 July 2019 at the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance. It was triggered by a complaint filed with the Paris public prosecutor by the union SUD PTT in December 2009, accusing France Télécom and its senior executives of "moral harassment" and "endangering others".


Revolt of the Laborers of Love: Organising Teachers, Journalists and Museum Workers in the U.S.

12 July 2019

With the steady disappearance of industrial jobs, more jobs in the service economy and the so-called “knowledge economy” have been created in the U.S. The American freelance journalist Sarah Jaffe, who was invited to speak at an ETUI lunch debate on 9 July, has talked to many teachers, museum workers and fellow journalists in the course of her work.


Italy: industrial pollution boosts health inequality

11 July 2019

The 5th SENTIERI report was published in Italy in June 2019. SENTIERI is an ambitious Italian project collecting data on sites with identified industrial pollution.


The prison as a microcosm of society

9 July 2019

The latest issue of HesaMag, the ETUI’s biannual magazine on health and safety at work, focuses on working conditions behind bars. It is not an obvious topic for HesaMag, as it goes far beyond the medical aspects of occupational health. But the aim of each issue is to focus on occupations and sectors at the margins of society to show how a broader social solidarity can be beneficial for everybody.


Workers and chemicals: 15th ETUI seminar

2 July 2019

The 15th annual ETUI seminar on chemicals and worker protection took place on 27-28 June 2019. Held in Lisbon in collaboration with the General Confederation of the Portuguese Workers (CGTP), the meeting brought together more than 40 unionists from 21 European countries. Its aim was to coordinate union action on chemical risks.


The European Pillar of Social Rights: where are we now and where are we going?

27 June 2019

Almost one and a half years after the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), a group of researchers, policymakers and civil society representatives came together at the ETUI to assess the status of the EPSR’s implementation and reflect on its future. Has the Pillar met expectations and what will its fate be during the next political term? Philippe Pochet, ETUI General Director, opened the well-attended conference by arguing that the Pillar came as the next logical step in social policy at the EU level.


TSD 2019: what agenda for the European and US trade unions after the European elections and in the current US political context

27 June 2019

The political situation in Europe after the recent elections for European Parliament and the trade union agendas on both sides of the Atlantic were the main topics of this year’s Transatlantic Social Dialogue meeting, organised by the European Trade Union Institute, the Institute of Economic and Social Research of the Hans Böckler Foundation and the Worker Institute of Cornell University.


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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