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Edited by Zane Rasnača and Magdalena Bernaciak 01/2020

Posting of workers before national courts

Intra-EU employee posting remains a politically and legally contentious matter that continues to feature on the agendas of lawmakers, trade unions and researchers alike. Numerous cases brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), as well as recent and ongoing revisions of the posting-related EU legal framework, suggest that problems are arising from clashing legal competences, weak enforcement and the breach and/...


Edited by Stan De Spiegelaere and Romuald Jagodzinski 12/2019


A unique survey data that gives an insight into the functioning of European Works councils (EWC) from the perspective of employee representatives. This publication presents the results of the largest survey of EWC representatives conducted to date. The survey documents the opinions on a wide range of topics of more than 1,600 employee representatives from all EU countries representing over 300 different EWCs and provides a graphical...


Nacho Álvarez, Georg Feigl, Nasos Koratzanis, Markus Marterbauer, Catherine Mathieu, Tom McDonne... 12/2019

Starting from the view that the crises in the euro zone were basically triggered by financial markets and reinforced by a lack of instruments for effective economic policy at the EMU level (Economic and Monetary Union), this working paper contributes to the ongoing debate on how to reform the Eurozone.


Agnieszka Piasna 12/2019

The objective is to map the extent of digital labour in central and eastern Europe (CEE) based on the analysis of two types of online sources for generating income: internet work; and its subset, platform work.


Edited by Laurent Vogel and Mehmet Koksal 12/2019

HesaMag 20

Fortress Europe may be erecting barricades to shut out the rest of the world, but these barricades are encountering resistance in the form of numerous new initiatives launched not only by groups of migrants who have banded together to fight for their rights, but also by other organisations acting in solidarity and out of a desire to build a fairer future. Trade unions – which from their very inception have striven to overcome the div...


Edited by Béla Galgóczi (ETUI) 11/2019

Book - Towards a just transition Galgóczi

The role of trade unions and social dialogue is key in demonstrating the major differences between coal-based energy generation and the automobile industry. This book presents two faces of a just transition towards a net-zero carbon economy by drawing lessons from these two carbon-intensive sectors.


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.


Charlotte Olijslagers and Stan De Spiegelaere (ETUI) 10/2019

Policy brief

This policy brief considers the lack of European Works Councils through a Belgian perspective. It discusses Belgian companies who are currently engaged in establishing one or have developed ‘functionally equivalent’ structures. The remaining companies are confronted with serious obstacles to establishing a European Works Council, principally: (i) a lack of knowledge about them, (ii) weak and time-consuming national-level information...


Jean-Paul Tricart 09/2019

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.


Stefan Clauwaert 09/2019


This is the ninth cycle under the European Semester system since its launch in 2011, but it is also the second set of CSRs launched since the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) in November 2017.


Luxembourg to become the first EU country to ban glyphosate at the end of 2020

21 January 2020

Luxembourg is set to become the first EU country to completely ban products based on glyphosate. The ban will come into effect in three phases: authorisation to market it will be withdrawn on 1 February 2020. Then there will be a period lasting until 30 June allowing stocks of it to be run down. Finally, the total ban on the use of herbicides containing glyphosate will come into effect on 31 December 2020. This measure was first announced in December 2018 in the context of the coalition agreement underlying the formation of a new government made up of the Socialists, Liberals and Greens.


Collective Bargaining newsletter December 2019

13 January 2020

You can find below the key developments in collective bargaining across Europe, coming from the lateset issue of the Collective bargaining newsletter:


Two reprotoxic substances banned in the European Union

12 January 2020

Following advice from the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), the European Commission has taken the decision to ban two pesticides: chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl, two organophosphates used as ingredients for various insecticides.


My name is John, I’m 25 years old and I’m also a trade unionist

12 January 2020

This month, trade unionists from the UK and the Netherlands talk about their struggles to improve working time arrangements in the face of increasing automation and an unhealthy work-life balance.

“While we can acknowledge the need to modernise our technology and make it more efficient, it is essential that the profits from this transition go to the workers who have to make way for it, not millionaire board members and shareholders.”


Cleaning industry in France: mainly the domain of women and migrants without any other options

11 January 2020

A French study compiled by DARES, the Ministry of Labour’s research organisation, looks into employment and working conditions in the cleaning sector.


Is glyphosate about to be banned in Mexico?

10 January 2020

On 25 November 2019, Mexico’s Secretariat for the Environment and Natural Resources (equivalent to the Environment Ministry) banned the import of 1000 tons of glyphosate from the US to Mexico.


Annual strategic meeting on Health and Safety in Budapest

10 January 2020

The Health and Safety and Working Conditions Unit of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) organized the Annual Strategic meeting for the Advisory Committee on Health and Safety at Work (ACSH WIG) which was held in Budapest, in September 2019.


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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