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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 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
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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
Photo by Karim Manjra on Unsplash

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
Photo by Calum Lewis on Unsplash

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.

France Télécom: sentence for institutional harassment confirmed

20 December 2019
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On 20 December 2019, the Paris criminal court found France Télécom and its former top executives guilty of institutional harassment.

Companies not complying with regulations on dangerous substances

11 December 2019
Rapport ECHA

On 18 November 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the results of a pilot project on the information provided on chemical substances of very high concern present in consumer articles.


    Presentation of the European Trade Union Institute 2018