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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.

The Institute is composed of two departments:

  • A research department with three units:
    • Europeanisation of industrial relations;
    • Economic, employment and social policies;
    • Working conditions, health and safety.
  • An education department

The ETUI conducts studies on socio-economic topics and industrial relations and monitors European policy developments of strategic importance for the world of labour. It creates, what is more, bridges between the academic sphere, the world of research and the trade union movement in order to encourage independent research on topics of decisive relevance to the world of labour.

The ETUI encourages training and learning activities. It provides the ETUC and its affiliates with programmes and exchanges that strengthen the European trade union identity.

The ETUI provides technical assistance in the field of health and safety with a view to achieving a high level of occupational health and safety protection for workers throughout Europe.

A Foresight Studies unit is in charge of studying long-term challenges for the European trade union movement and its implications for the operation of the Institute.

The ETUI is a non-profit international association under Belgian law, employing a staff of some 70 persons from all over Europe. It receives financial support from the European Union.

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Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments in October 2019

14 November 2019

Please find below the highlights of the latest issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level in October 2019.

November issue of Transfer on industrial relations research in Europe

12 November 2019

The recently published issue of Transfer, the European Review of Labour and Research, contains five articles which together illustrate the variety of industrial relations research in Europe in recent years. Two of the articles are available for free download.

Democratising the economy: a solution for inequality and climate change

4 November 2019

What is the common cause of escalating inequalities, the concentration of capital ownership and climate damage – the three major problems we are facing today? According to Ewan McGaughey, Senior Lecturer at King's College London, it is the fact that votes in the economy (on company management and investment, etc.) are controlled by banks and asset managers. The remedy to this problem is thus to democratise the economy, as we have done with the political system. As McGaughey declared in his presentation at an ETUI lunch debate on 28 October, “Instead of one person, one vote, in the economic system it’s one euro, one vote.”

France: a status report on the occupational health of firefighters

28 October 2019

ANSES, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety, has just published a report summarising current knowledge on the occupational health of firefighters.

Can the cocktail effect of chemical products contribute to autism?

28 October 2019
reproductive toxicology

An in vitro research project conducted by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) reveals that certain substances, although non-toxic when tested alone, can, when mixed with other substances, have a negative impact on neuronal development. These results were presented by Ana Bal-Price in September 2019 at the 47th European Teratology Conference and published in the September 2019 issue of the Reproductive Toxicology journal.

Collective Bargaining newsletter September 2019

25 October 2019
cover collective bargaining

Please find below the highlights of the latest issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level in September 2019.

Thailand about to ban glyphosate

25 October 2019

After Vietnam, Thailand is set to become the second large Asian agricultural country to completely ban glyphosate in an effort to protect its population. The substance is the active ingredient of Roundup, the top-selling herbicide produced by Monsanto, the US company acquired by German multinational Bayer in June 2018.

Why and how the US, China and the EU should abandon economic growth

24 October 2019

In the ten years since the final report of the (Stiglitz) Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, we have witnessed the publication of hundreds of reports and indicators on the subject. But according to Eloi Laurent, who spoke at the ETUI Monthly Forum on 17 October, there are now two imperative issues. First, a consistent framework linking wellbeing and sustainability needs to be built, with health as a central element. Secondly, the alternative indicators need to be made operational.


    Presentation of the European Trade Union Institute 2018