European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.



Manuela Maschke, Hans Böckler Foundation, Germany 08/2016

digitalisation and codetermination

This policy brief looks at how effective worker participation can make digitalisation a programme for success for companies and employees alike.


Tom McDonnell, Nevin Economic Research Institute, Dublin 08/2016

Ireland economy

This policy brief analyses Ireland's economic recovery and concludes that the narrative about fiscal austerity and internal devaluation producing an Irish growth miracle is simplistic and misleading.


Florian Rödl and Raphaël Callsen 07/2016

collective social rights

This report examines in depth the legality of the measures taken by the European Union, alongside the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in the wake of the financial and debt crisis.


Jan Drahokoupil 07/2016

platform economy and employment

This policy brief considers the impact of online platforms on labour markets and on the employment relationship in particular.


Christophe Degryse 02/2016

digitalisation of the economy, future of work

This working paper gives an overview of the new possibilities opened up by the 4th industrial revolution and tackles some specific questions in relation to its effects on the labour market, including on the status of employees, on working conditions and on training. It examines the role that trade unions can play in the digital economy and the main initiatives already proposed at European trade union level in this context.


Gérard Valenduc and Patricia Vendramin (Fondation Travail-Université (FTU) ) 04/2016

digital economy working paper

This paper sets out to analyse the digital economy and changes in work by sifting elements of continuity from others that are radically new. Aspects examined are: genuinely new features encountered in the digital economy model; major instances of technological change observable in the working environment; new forms of work in the digital economy; distance and employment relationships; challenges entailed in regulating a labour world...


Stan De Spiegelaere 06/2016

European Works Councils report

This report analyses the effectiveness of the EWC Recast Directive in contributing to the establishment of (1) more EWCs and (2) better EWCs.


15/11 - 17/11/2016
Ghent, Belgium

Gender equality matters us all. It is a fundamental principle of the EU and a priority of the ETUC. Nevertheless, gender inequality takes place in society at large, within the family and at the workplace. Men have difficulties to take parental leaves, single parents to pay for child care, domestic violence continues to be an urgent issue, the gender pay gap is not closed… an endless list. The causes for and the forms of inequality are not exactly the same but there are also similarities in the inequality structures in various countries, families and at plant or office levels. Moreover there is a strong relationship between the lack of equality in society, within families and the situation at work. One more reason for unions to tackle issues indirectly related to work, such as school, partnerships, child care, pensions, in order to handle inequalities at work!


Letterbox-type practices lead to the exploitation of workers across the EU

25 July 2016

As part of the ETUC-run project on letterbox companies, a report has been published earlier this month that documents tax avoidance and breaches of labour law and social security regulations in meat production, international road transport, car manufacturing and construction.


When negotiating the 'new world of work', best to avoid naivety

20 July 2016

The emergence of a 'new world of work' interferes with traditional forms of work organisation. There is an underlying risk for the workers' movement to lose control on matters as crucial as working hours and working arrangements. Are traditional collective bargaining systems still the proper tool for regulating the new world of work? From a trade union perspective, it was clearly one of the most challenging questions on the agenda at the ETUI conference 'Shaping the new world of work', held in Brussels in June.


Workers and chemicals: 12th ETUI seminar

14 July 2016

The 12th edition of the ETUI’s annual seminar on chemicals and worker protection took place from 30 June to 1 July 2016. It brought together some 40 trade union members from across Europe with a view to coordinating trade union action on the current revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive.


The OECD confirms the drop in unemployment but wages remain stagnant

14 July 2016

In its annual report on the employment outlook, published on 7 July, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) welcomed the further reduction in unemployment but expressed concern about the stagnation of wages.


A French report confirms the severe health effects of night work

6 July 2016

Working night shifts leads to sleep and metabolic disorders, and even severe diseases, according to a study published on 22 June by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES).


Collective Bargaining developments June 2016

5 July 2016

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


The ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’ scrutinised by ETUI lawyers

30 June 2016

On 8 March 2016 the European Commission launched a public consultation on its ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’ project. Anyone and everyone is invited to respond online to four questions on the substance of the Commission’s text and to six open questions on the current state and future challenges of the EU with regard to social matters. In an ETUI report, published online on 23 June, two lawyers provide a detailed legal analysis and critique of the Commission’s text. Their main fear is that the exercise may be diverted from its original objectives – improving social rights – in order to pursue solely economic objectives.


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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