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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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Overcoming the social costs of climate change, or ‘How to win the war against ourselves’

16 September 2019

The 2019 edition of the European Commission’s flagship analytical report on employment and social affairs, the Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review, was presented at an ETUI conference on 10 September 2019. This event was the first occasion at which the authors presented the report, which was published in July.

High levels of endocrine disruptors found among children

10 September 2019
esteban publication

Hundreds of substances capable of disrupting hormone production exist. Used to a massive extent by industry in many different products, these substances are linked to serious health problems such as cancers, reproductive health disorders, developmental disorders such as obesity, lower intelligence quotients, etc. The main substances used include bisphenols, phthalates, parabens, glycol ethers, brominated flame retardants and perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). For the first time, the French public health agency Santé publique France has measured the presence of these substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in the bodies of children and adults in a large sample (1,104 children and 2,503 adults) representative of the French population. The work was carried out in the context of the ESTEBAN (enquête de santé sur l’environnement, la biosurveillance, l’activité physique et la nutrition) public health survey.

The limits of foreign-led growth in Central and Eastern Europe

6 September 2019
workers at multinational corporations

A working paper on the limits of growth in Central Eastern Europe was published in August 2019 by the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS). The paper, based on foreign direct investment, highlights a model that is dominant in Central and Eastern European countries. Using a large dataset of online job vacancies combined with firm registry data, the report focuses on multinational companies in Slovakia and shows that they are less likely to recruit digitally skilled workers compares to domestic firms.

Seminar on Strategic Litigation on Occupational Health and Safety (OSH)

5 September 2019
call for papers

The Health and Safety and Working Conditions Unit of the European Trade Union Institute organizes a Seminar on Strategic Litigation on Occupational Health and Safety at 15-16 January 2020 in Brussels. The seminar is the starting point of a multi-annual project on strategic OSH litigation in the EU, and
will revolve around two main topics / aims:

The two options facing Belgian unions: cut costs or invest

28 August 2019

Looking at the figures, Belgian trade unions are still faring well or even very well compared to the rest of Europe. With its net unionisation rate of 53% (2016), Belgium ranks well above the European average (28%), with just Finland %), Sweden (66%), Denmark (67%) and Iceland (90%) doing better – and it is not by chance that these are countries where the unions are also involved in paying unemployment benefits. But unionisation levels are falling in the majority of European countries, to be precise, in 28 of 32 of them, with falls more pronounced in Central and Eastern Europe.

New online database for identifying endocrine disruptors

5 August 2019
deduct logo

A team at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai, India, has placed online a database which identifies 686 endocrine disruptors. The database is called DEDuCT: Database on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and their Toxicity Profiles

Transfer special issue on changing labour markets and international organisations

29 July 2019

The latest issue of Transfer, the European Review of Labour and Research, looks at how international organisations dealing with jobs and employment, such as the ILO, OECD and European Commission, have reassessed their labour market analysis and policy recommendations in recent years.

France Télécom: institutional harassment before a court

18 July 2019

A landmark trial ended on 11 July 2019 at the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance. It was triggered by a complaint filed with the Paris public prosecutor by the union SUD PTT in December 2009, accusing France Télécom and its senior executives of "moral harassment" and "endangering others".


    Presentation of the European Trade Union Institute 2018