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Grigor Gradev scholarhip awarded for research on social protection in Central and Eastern Europe

Grigor Gradev

The first recipient of a major research prize funded by the ETUC and ITUC is a young scholar from Latvia who will investigate whether enforcement of social protection in Central and Eastern Europe has suffered from the fallout from the economic crisis. Ieva Bloma, a PhD student at the European University Institute in Florence, has been awarded the 2018 Grigor Gradev Scholarship and starts work this month on a project to map how compliance with working and safety conditions has been affected by austerity measures enacted in the wake of the crisis.

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Book launch: ‘Labour market policies in the era of pervasive austerity’

‘Labour market policies in the era of pervasive austerity’,

Most analysts suspect that years of austerity measures have had a profound impact on labour market and social policies as governments grapple with shrinking budgets and ‘new social risks’. But until now there have been few systematic attempts to map these shifts across European countries. A new book and Working Paper just published by Sotiria Theodoropoulou of the ETUI tries to accomplish this through a comparative analysis of new approaches to labour market policy under the pressures of ‘permanent austerity’.

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28 April 2018 - World Day for Safety and Health at Work: ‘Union workplaces are safer workplaces’

This year on 28 April - the World Day for Safety and Health at Work – the union-selected global theme is ‘Union workplaces are safer workplaces’.

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Trade unions reiterate their support for the directive on work-life balance

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) reiterated its support for the proposal for a European directive on work-life balance for parents and carers at an ETUI Monthly Forum on 17 April. The main results of a comparative study of the systems already in place in the Member States, which the ETUI had requested from the European Social Observatory, were presented at the Forum.

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2019 ETUC Brian Bercusson Award on European labour law

Brian Bercusson Award

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has instituted an award to honour the outstanding and dynamic scientific work, of great value to the European trade union movement, of the late labour law Professor Brian Bercusson: the ETUC Brian Bercusson Award.

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Collective Bargaining March 2018

Find below the highlights of the latest issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the month of March.

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Working less for the same pay: Czech unions demand it, employers are not against it.

working time

Czech workers want to work less, but for the same wage. The Czech union CMKOS wants to put forward a demand for a collective working time reduction to 7.5 hours a day with a 30-minute break. According to them, this would mean a reduction of the working time by half an hour a day or 2.5 hours a week.

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IMF highlights absence of convergence in the Eurozone

Euro convergence

The economic convergence envisaged by the founders of the eurozone has not happened and Europe’s economies risk growing further apart unless a raft of reforms are implemented, the IMF’s Europe Director told an audience at the ETUI’s Monthly Forum on 22nd March. The IMF’s stance on the growing disparities in the eurozone echoes key findings of the ETUI’s Benchmarking Working Europe 2018 report released in the same week.

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Benchmarking Working Europe 2018: trade unions call for tangible progress on social issues before the next European elections

On 19 March 2018, a debate – organised by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and hosted by the Brussels-based Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU – was held to mark the publication of the 2018 Benchmarking Working Europe report. Organisations represented at this debate included the ETUI, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the European Commission and the European Parliament, and several speakers stressed the need to achieve tangible progress on social issues before the next European elections.

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Military Trade Unionism in Europe


EUROMIL, the European Organisation of Military Associations, together with the ETUI, organised a lunch debate on “Military Trade Unionism in Europe” on 21 March 2018. Peter Scherrer, ETUC Deputy General Secretary, opened the debate by stating that the right of workers to have their voices heard, the right to form and join trade unions is a fundamental right. One important group of workers however is often forgotten and still today in many countries struggles to have its rights respected: the military personnel.

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