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Collective Bargaining December 2017

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Find below the highlights of the December issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:

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Two narratives, one future


In a recent Foresight Brief, ETUI General Director Philippe Pochet attempts to draw together the narratives of two major trends which will determine what the future will look like in the coming decades: climate change and the digitalisation of the economy. They have both been subject to separate analyses, but so far there does not seem to have been any unified approach to reconciling these two ‘alternative futures’.

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Collective Bargaining November 2017

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Find below the highlights of the November issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:

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A combined approach needed at EU level to address the problem of contingent work

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The growth of atypical work across the European Union is the research subject of many studies, but only a few analyse the issue of the decline of the standard employment relationship from the point of view of core and contingent work. This core/contingent perspective was the guiding theme of the 2014 edition of the Pontignano International Labour Law Seminar and later became the subject of the book "Core and Contingent Work", presented at an ETUI lunch debate on 1 December.

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Using the EMU to make the most out of the Social Pillar

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The European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), proclaimed on 17 November in Gothenburg, was put forward by the EU institutions with the objective of rebalancing the economic and social dimensions of the EU. However, the EPSR is a soft law instrument and might not be sufficiently strong to ensure actual implementation of its principles.

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New issue of Transfer: internationalisation and trade union power

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Most of the articles featured in the 2017 ‘open issue’ of Transfer, the European Review of Labour and Research, analyse the challenges that workers are facing in different European countries due to the internationalisation of work practices and regulations, as well as the ways in which trade unions mobilise local and international resources to address these challenges.

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Belgian political parties favour co-determination of employees in company boards

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Two weeks ago, the Flemish Green party of Belgium (Groen) approved a text calling for, among other things, employee representatives in company boards. The approval is mostly symbolic as the Green party has no detailed plan of how this form of co-determination should be organized. The congress text mentions the need for employee representatives to sit in company boards in order to foster the democracy and participation in organizations and as a means to support constructive relations between employers and employees on strategic company issues.

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The European Pillar of Social Rights: a fresh chance to rebalance the social and economic dimensions of European integration?

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On 8 November, the ETUI hosted a monthly forum to present the recent and timely work done by the institute’s own researchers on the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). It is the second event in a series of activities by the ETUI that reflect on the nature of the EPSR, particularly in terms of its content and impact on labour and social rights.

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Start of a new edition of ETUI course for young trade union leaders

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A new edition of the ETUI course “European training for young trade union leaders" took place in Bratislava on 10-14 October.

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Social health inequalities top of the agenda at ETUI’s ‘Work and Cancer’ conference

‘Workplaces are not merely spaces where people work – they are spaces where people live their lives. Anything which would be prohibited on grounds of consumer health or environmental protection should also be prohibited in workplaces.’ These were the words with which Laurent Vogel, a researcher at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), closed the ‘Work and Cancer’ conference organised by the ETUI on 14 and 15 November in Brussels.

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