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Edited by Martin Myant, Sotiria Theodoropoulou, Agnieszka Piasna (ETUI) 02/2016

Unemployment, internal devaluation and labour market regulation in Europe

Unemployment rates in the EU rose after the economic crisis of 2008, passing 10% in 2012, but with big variations between countries. The worst afflicted had been subject to so-called policies of internal devaluation, aimed at curing unemployment by reducing wage costs. This book provides a comparative study of countries that to varying degrees followed that road (Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland) set against others that did not (Germ...


Laurent Vogel 02/2016

health and safety, working conditions

This guide gives an overview of the background to, principle actors in, and essential tools of, EU occupational health and safety policy with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of this policy and of facilitating effective intervention at European level.


Edited by Aristea Koukiadaki (Univ. Manchester), Isabel Távora (Univ. Manchester) and Miguel Martínez Luci... 01/2016

Book Joint regulation and labour market policy in Europe

This book presents the results of a research project which sought to understand how the crisis-driven labour policy measures in the EU Member States most affected by the crisis translated into changes in collective bargaining in manufacturing.


Caroline de la Porte and Patrick Emmenegger 01/2016

working paper Court of Justice on fixed-term labour contracts

This Working Paper focuses on the impact of the directive on fixed-term work and the EU's Court of Justice (CJEU) case law concerning fixed-term work from 2007 and 2013. By doing so, this working paper develops an analytical framework to analyse the Europeanisation of labour law with an eye on the literature on labour-market dualisation.


Gabriele Piazza and Martin Myant (ETUI) 01/2016

Italy labour market reforms

This Working Paper critically analyses Italy’s labour market reforms of 2012 (Fornero Reform). It focuses especially on a measure designed to cut unemployment and labour-market dualism by reducing the protection against dismissal enjoyed by permanent employees.


Sotiria Theodoropoulou 12/2015

deflation, economic policy, austerity

This policy brief discusses the risks of deflation for the European economy. It critically evaluates the European economic governance for not having averted this risk...


Stan De Spiegelaere (ETUI) and Romuald Jagodzinski (ETUI) 09/2015

European Works Council and SE Works Council 2015 - Facts and Figures

In 2016 it will be 20 years since the first European Works Councils (EWC) directive came into force in the EU. In the same year, the European Commission is planning an evaluation of the EWC recast directive that will undoubtedly lead to debate on the need for further review of European regulation of EWCs. The year 2015 also marks the fifteenth anniversary of adoption of the EU directive on workers’ involvement in the European Company...


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  • to inform potential project promoters about EU funding opportunities for European social dialogue activities;
  • to present the EU Programme “EaSI – Employment and Social Innovation”;
  • to improve the quality of project proposals submitted to the European Commission;
  • to support the setting up of transnational project partnerships.


Collective Bargaining developments January 2016

4 February 2016

Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the first issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter for 2016:


Obama’s plan to fight cancer: what role for prevention?

29 January 2016

On 12 January Barack Obama announced the launch of a national plan to eradicate cancer. ‘Let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all,’ he declared to members of Congress who had assembled to hear his State of the Union Address.


European case law on fixed-term contracts protects workers against discrimination but does not discourage this form of employment practice

29 January 2016

European case law helps protect fixed-term workers against discrimination but contributes little to restricting employer recourse to this form of non-standard contract. Such is the principal message of a recent ETUI publication presented on 26 January at a Monthly Forum.


Second ETUI seminar on occupational diseases

28 January 2016

On 25 January, some thirty researchers, trade unionists and representatives of associations attended a seminar organised jointly by the ETUI, the Belgian association Santé & Solidarité, and the Free University of Brussels (ULB). The gathering, held this year for the second time, was intended to present projects in which researchers and workers contribute their joint efforts in pursuit of a common goal, namely to raise visibility of the impact of work on health.


ILO report sees growing global unemployment and decreasing job quality

27 January 2016

A report from the International Labour Organisation released on 19 January 2016 forecasts that worldwide unemployment will increase to 200 million over the next couple of years. Despite a slight decrease in the unemployment rate in advanced economies (USA, northern and central EU countries), the quality of the jobs created is major cause for concern.


Digitalisation of the economy: time to open the debate

21 January 2016

In a ‘carte blanche’ column published on 18 January in the Belgian daily Le Soir, Christophe Degryse (ETUI) draws attention to the risks to employment and social cohesion posed by digitalisation of the economy.


ETUI event shows different views on European wage development debate

12 January 2016

During a lunch debate on 7 January, the European Commission presented a recent report entitled Labour Market and Wage Developments in Europe 2015. According to this report, the labour market recovery has gained notably in terms of falling unemployment rates across Europe. Despite its recent drop, unemployment remains high and the share of long-term unemployed is on the rise. On wages, the report shows that wage dynamics have slowed down since the crisis and that there is a limit to the adjustment of wage developments when it comes to inflation and internal devaluation.


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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