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Stefan Clauwaert 09/2018

This paper provides an overview of the CSRs in the field of employment and social policies and, in particular, an update of previous similar ETUI research. It provides a brief ‘statistical’ comparison between the CSRs issued in 2018-2019 as adopted by Council in July 2018 and compares them to previous CSRs in the period from 2011 to 2017. Furthermore it contains a country-by-country overview of the ‘social recommendations’ received by Member States and of their clarifying...


Aline Hoffmann (ETUI) and Sigurt Vitols (ETUI) 09/2018

The proposed EU company law package, which was published in April 2018 by the European Commission, seeks to encourage cross-border company mobility while at the same time protecting stakeholder interests. The ETUI’s GOODCORP network of company law experts has identified three areas where the package needs to be revised in the interests of protecting workers’ rights and discouraging corporate abuse and makes thirteen specific recommen...


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.


6/11 - 8/11/2018
Madrid, Spain

ETUI training: Social Dialogue (SD) differs in member countries depending on their economy, legal system, unionisation and organised labour tradition. The 2008 crisis had a negative impact on social dialogue and collective bargaining at all levels, but the effects varied between countries: some of them were slightly undermined while others suffered severe dismantling and decentralising. Meanwhile, the demand for skilled and competent workers is increasing; it is therefore necessary to promote and strengthen collective bargaining and social dialogue involved in training as the tool that promotes learning and the development of workers in the new economies.          


ETUI debate asks, “can we create jobs in a ‘Post Growth’ World?”

21 September 2018

The vital issue of how environmental sustainability can be achieved alongside social justice was debated at a meeting of experts this month hosted by the ETUI in Brussels. The ‘Post-Growth 2018’ conference on 20 September, which wrapped up a series of discussions that began two days earlier at the European Parliament, heard experts discuss whether, and if so how, combatting climate change can be reconciled with European’s demands for good jobs and a social safety net. With an increasing number of economists now calling for a low or even zero-growth society - against a backdrop of austerity, populism and the jobs threat from automation – the assembled economists, and trade unionists got to grips with the question of how to manage the Green transition in a socially-sustainable way.


Racism in the workplace still a problem, experts say

20 September 2018

Workers in Europe are still regularly exposed to racism and xenophobia at the workplace, according to experts attending a recent trade union seminar organised by the ETUC and ETUI. Speakers at the seminar, held in Brussels on 10 September, highlighted that racism does not always take the form of subtle discrimination but can also include explicit abuse. Delegates shared their experiences of discrimination and debated what unions can do to tackle the problem.


TUC joins growing calls for a shorter working week

13 September 2018

The UK’s Trade Union Congress (TUC) has become the latest European trade union confederation to call for a reduced working week, which ETUI researchers argue would deliver benefits of less stress, higher worker satisfaction and increased gender equality.


Western Balkans failing to converge with EU, say researchers

7 September 2018

Economic and social convergence between poorer and richer countries in the EU since the crisis is slowing and, in some cases, has gone into reverse, according to experts. Research articles in the latest issue of the SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe, which focus on the Western Balkans, find numerous causes for concern about the slow pace of ‘catch-up’ in the region.


Collective Bargaining July/August 2018

6 September 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 summer:


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.


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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