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HesaMag

2018
HesaMag 18

HesaMag is a magazine all about health and safety at work, published in English and French. it is published twice a year, and sets out to show that occupational health is not just something for specialists but both a big political issue and a daily concern for millions of workers.

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Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2018

Bart Vanhercke, Dalila Ghailani and Sebastiano Sabato

2018

This year’s stock-take of Social Europe - Social Policy in the European Union: state of play 2018 - reports on recent EU and national social policymaking with a focus on the game-changing advent of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) one year ago.

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Musculoskeletal disorders and psychosocial factors at work

Yves Roquelaure

2018

This report presents the current state of scientific knowledge on the ways in which psychosocial factors influence musculoskelatal disorders (MSDs), and their impact on work capacity and quality.

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Corporate income tax in the EU, the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) and beyond: is it the right way to go?

Christian Valenduc

2018

This working paper reviews key elements of the debate around the Commission’s proposals to tackle the problem of low effective tax rates for multi-national companies by instituting a Common Corporate Tax Base (CCTB).

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Cancer and work: understanding occupational cancers and taking action to eliminate them

Tony Musu (ETUI) and Laurent Vogel (ETUI)

2018

Occupational cancers account for more than 100,000 deaths a year in the EU, yet these could be avoided by eliminating carcinogens in the production processes.

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Rough waters: European trade unions in a time of crises

Steffen Lehndorff, Heiner Dribbusch and Thorsten Schulten

2018

This book analyses the development of trade unions in eleven countries (Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK) since the early 2000s. The individual chapters focus on unions' structural, organisational, institutional and discursive power resources.

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The world(s) of work in transition

Sara Hammerton and David Poyser

2018

The report of the third joint ETUI-ETUC conference, held on 27-29 June 2018, summarises the three days of discussion that took place when over 500 delegates gathered in Brussels to debate the future of work. The ambition of the 2018 event was to analyse the impact of the four key ‘megatrends’ – globalization, climate change, digitalization and the demographic transition disrupting societies and economies.

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How to prepare for company change

Eckhard Voss (wmp consult), Bruno Demaître (ETUI) and Stan De Spiegelaere (ETUI)

2018

This booklet is the third in a series of practical and easy-to-read manuals for European workers’ representatives.

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The country-specific recommendations (CSRs) in the social field. An overview and comparison. Update including the CSRs 2018-2019

Stefan Clauwaert (ETUI)

2018

This paper provides an overview of the CSRs in the field of employment and social policies and, in particular, an update of previous similar ETUI research. It provides a brief ‘statistical’ comparison between the CSRs issued in 2018-2019 as adopted by Council in July 2018 and compares them to previous CSRs in the period from 2011 to 2017.

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The European social dialogue. The history of a social innovation (1985-2003)

Jean Lapeyre

2018

The aim of this book is to trace the history of the social dialogue, from its origins to its autonomous empowerment, based on the testimonials of those responsible for designing and developing it, looking at the various texts from joint opinions to autonomous agreements, and analysing how the social dialogue functions.

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Cross-border standardisation and reorganisation in European multinational companies

Christoph Dörrenbächer, Mike Geppert, Daniel Pastuh and Matthias Tomenendal 

2018
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Multi-national corporations (MNCs) are constantly undergoing a process of standardisation and reorganisation (S&R), which is fuelled by the rapid development of information technology (IT). These developments require an in-depth and systematic inquiry as they have serious ramifications for labour and workers’ participation across Europe. Moreover, there is a lack of systematic research into the effects of these new, and especially IT based, S&R measures on the quality of labour and labour relations in European MNCs.

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The concept of ‘worker’ in EU law: status quo and potential for change

Martin Risak and Thomas Dullinger

2018

In the changing world of work and the emergence of new forms of employment that are often in the grey zone between traditional employment and self-employment the question of the scope of protection of labour and employment law becomes again more urgent.

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Artificial intelligence: a game changer for the world of work

Aïda Ponce Del Castillo (ETUI)

2018

‘Whoever becomes the ruler of AI will become the ruler of the world,’ said Vladimir Putin in September 2017. The USA, Russia and China are all adamant that artificial intelligence (AI) will be the key technology underpinning their national power in the future.

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Will trade unions survive in the platform economy? Emerging patterns of platform workers’ collective voice and representation in Europe

Kurt Vandaele (ETUI)

2018
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Via a non-exhaustive mapping of various examples in Western European countries, this Working Paper explores to what extent the collective representation and voice of digital platform workers are being shaped by current dynamics in the platform economy. The argument is developed that currently emerging patterns hint at a possible co-existence or combinations of mainstream trade unions and other unions and union-like organisations defending platform workers’ needs and interests. Patterns in representation forms reveal a demarcation between the logic of membership and the logic of influence. Though not new, this demarcation has become more exposed, prevalent and salient since the platform economy, also in highly institutionalised labour markets. The Working Paper also emphasises that any meaningful analysis of the representation and voice of platform workers should consider the diversity of platforms and the associated variance in the power resources of platform workers.

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Multi-employer bargaining under pressure: decentralisation trends in five European countries

Salvo Leonardi and Roberto Pedersini

2018

This edited volume maps different trajectories in national collective bargaining systems in Europe since the Great Recession. Since the start of the crisis in 2008, wage setting and collective bargaining systems in many EU countries have been under tremendous pressure to follow the logic of companies and market imperatives. Fostering decentralization of collective bargaining has been one of the key objectives of the New European Economic Governance.

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ETUI Education course programme 2018-2019

2018
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In this publication you will find the list of ETUI courses for 2018-2019.

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Technological revolutions and societal transitions

Gérard Valenduc (ETUI)

2018

Are we currently living through a new industrial and technological revolution? Does it differ qualitatively from similar revolutions in the past? How can we gauge its political implications?

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Sectoral social dialogue in professional football: social partners, outcomes and problems of implementation

Berndt Keller

2018

This Summer’s World Cup in Russia will showcase an array of expensive footballing talent. Off the pitch, however, moves are also afoot to bring the sector under the auspices of European Union employment legislation. This Working Paper looks at regulation of the football ‘industry’ in the context of emerging supranational modes of sports governance and assesses the likely consequences of formalizing employment relations.

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Work programme 2018-2019

2018
Work programme 2018-19

This document describes in detail the ETUI's main research and training priorities and projects for the working year 2018-2019.

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Drifting into labour market insecurity? Labour market reforms in Europe after 2010

Sotiria Theodoropoulou (ETUI)

2018

This working paper examines the impact of fiscal austerity on EU labour market policies. Using a case study approach, it examines: the extent of change in unemployment benefit levels and policies; the effect of this on groups of workers; and whether the logic of activation policies has shifted. Overall, the broad direction of policy has not altered greatly under austerity. However, risks remain that an underlying move towards greater flexibility may lock in ‘low road’ growth strategies that will make it harder to bring down debt and unemployment in future.

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Labour market policies in the era of pervasive austerity: A European perspective

Sotiria Theodoropoulou

2018

This book investigates the changing patterns of labour market and unemployment policies in EU member states during the period since fiscal austerity took hold in 2010 during the deepest postwar recession in Europe.

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European social dynamics: a quantitative approach

Christophe Degryse (ETUI), Philippe Pochet (ETUI)

2018
European social dynamics

This working paper tries to understand, through the cross-analysis of two databases, the gradual evolution of Social Europe in terms of processes and results.

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Benchmarking Working Europe 2018

2018

Analysing the state of 'working Europe' with the aid of a multi-level and multi-dimensional set of indicators and thus assessing what current EU policies have achieved or have not achieved, the Benchmarking Working Europe 2018 demonstrates that, despite renewed economic growth in GDP terms, the proceeds of this growth are being unequally shared and structural problems in the areas of education, infrastructure and R&D remain due to the EU's obsession with labour market deregulation and fiscal austerity.

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Occupational Welfare in Europe: Risks, opportunities and social partner involvement

David Natali and Emmanuele Pavolini with Bart Vanhercke

2018

This new edited volume on occupational welfare in Europe is based on research projects coordinated by the European Social Observatory (OSE) It focuses on recent developments in the field of pensions and unemployment-related schemes in nine countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

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Managing public debt in Europe: an introductory guide

Sotiria Theodoropoulou (ETUI)

2018

This new introductory guide, ‘Managing public debt in Europe, reviews the debate and empirical evidence on the problems that high public debt may cause and the policy options for reducing it. To do so, it starts from the basics regarding the determinants of the evolution of public debt over time, explains under what conditions high public debt can lead to a crisis and reviews the theory and evidence on whether high public debt is detrimental for growth.

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SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe

Béla Galgóczi (ETUI)

2018

SEER the Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe, aims to stimulate an exchange of information between researchers, trade unionists and people who have a special interest in the political, social and economic development of the region of eastern Europe.

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Why are wages still lower in eastern and central Europe?

Martin Myant (ETUI)

2018

This new working paper explores why there is a persistent wage gap between western Europe and the new EU Member States of eastern and central Europe.

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Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2017

Bart Vanhercke, Sebastiano Sabato and Denis Bouget 

2017

The 18th edition of Social policy in the European Union: state of play reports on recent European Union (EU) and national social policymaking, with contributions from leading scholars pointing at attempts to move out of the multiple crises hitting the European Union since 2008.

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‘Bad jobs’ recovery? European Job Quality Index 2005-2015

Agnieszka Piasna (ETUI)

2017

This new Working Paper offers a detailed look at the quality of jobs held by European workers, and shows what aspects of work improved or deteriorated over the last decade.

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The why and how of working time reduction

Stan De Spiegelaere (ETUI) and Agnieszka Piasna (ETUI) 

2017

This guide maps the discussion on working time reduction by examining the recent trends, the different reasons for implementing such a reduction, and the ways in which it can be organised. Illustrated with numerous real-life examples and insights from research, this guide is a valuable resource for anybody wishing to know more about the working time reduction debate.

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The Social Scoreboard revisited

Contributors : Béla Galgóczi, Aline Hoffmann, Maria Jepsen, Torsten Müller, Martin Myant, Agnieszka Piasna and Sotiria Theodoropoulou (ETUI)

2017

This timely new publication revisits the Social Scoreboard published by the European Commission (EC) on the 26th of April 2017.

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Building the European Federation of Public Service Unions: the history of EPSU (1978-2016)

Carola Fischbach-Pyttel

2017

The European Federation of Public Service Unions will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2018. It is better known as ‘EPSU’ (the ‘European Public Services Union’), a change of name made in November 2015 that represents both the organisation’s mission statement and a key future ambition.
This book retraces the development of EPSU, beginning with its early days as the European Public Services Committee (EPSC).

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Two futures and how to reconcile them

Philippe Pochet (ETUI)

2017

Although there is little argument about the fact that climate change and the digitalisation of the economy are the two main trends that will matter most over the coming decades, to date they have predominantly been considered separately rather than together.

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The cost of occupational cancer in the EU-28

Daniel Vencovsky, Meg Postle, Dr Fritz Kalberlah, Jana Vencovska, Teresa Fenn, Elizabeth Daly, Dr James Hanlon, Dr Kate Osborne

2017

It is estimated that there are approximately 1.3 million cancer deaths in the European Union (EU) every year, and past research suggests that 2-12% of cancer deaths may relate to occupational exposure to carcinogens. In order to establish an effective and efficient strategy for tackling this problem, a better understanding is required of the burden of occupational cancer and the associated key carcinogenic agents.
The aim of this study was to estimate the economic burden of cancer incidence resulting from past occupational exposure to selected carcinogenic agents in the EU-28, so as to assist the trade unions in refining their strategy and actions to tackle occupational cancer.
The cost of work-related cancers is immense: between €270 and €610 billion each year, which represents 1.8% to 4.1% of the gross domestic product of the European Union.

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Bridging the gaps or falling short? The European Pillar of Social Rights and what it can bring to EU-level policymaking

Zane Rasnača (ETUI)

2017

This working paper explores whether or not the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), an initiative that has been called ‘the last chance for social Europe’, will succeed in filling in the gaps when it comes to making social policy at the EU level. More specifically, it assesses the EPSR’s potential impact on the policy-making process at the EU level.

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A law on robotics and artificial intelligence in the EU?

Aïda Ponce Del Castillo (ETUI)

2017

This paper discusses the European Parliament’s Resolution of 16 February 2017 with recommendations to the Commission on Civil Law Rules on Robotics (European Parliament 2017). It provides a brief summary of the content of the Resolution and looks at its basic principles and raison d’être.

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Condemned to be left behind? Can Central and Eastern Europe emerge from its low-wage model?

Béla Galgóczi (ETUI) and Jan Drahokoupil (ETUI)

2017

This book focuses on the economic factors which have impacted on the low-wage economies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), over the past twenty years. In this period CEE economies were mostly driven by low-wage based foreign direct investment (FDI).

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The country-specific recommendations (CSRs) in the social field. An overview and comparison. Update including the CSRs 2017-2018

Stefan Clauwaert (ETUI)

2017

This paper provides an overview of the CSRs in the field of employment and social policies and, in particular, an update of previous similar ETUI research.

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What drives wage gaps in Europe?

Jan Drahokoupil (ETUI) and Agnieszka Piasna (ETUI)

2017

This working paper investigates wage differences across Europe. It estimates to what extent wage gaps in average wages observed between countries are related to differences in workforce composition, in workplaces, as well as the types of jobs conducted in different countries. This report also assesses the observed differences in returns on endowments by identifying which sectors and occupational groups contribute most to the wage gaps observed at the country level.

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Foreign Direct Investment and the development of the automotive industry in Eastern and Southern Europe

Petr Pavlínek, Ricardo Aláez-Aller, Carlos Gil-Canaleta and Miren Ullibarri-Arce 

2017
Foreign Direct Investment and the development of the automotive industry

This working paper provides an overview of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the automotive industry in Eastern Europe and Spain since the 1990s.

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Chinese investment in Europe: corporate strategies and labour relations

Jan Drahokoupil

2017
Chinese investment in Europe

China’s global outward foreign direct investment (FDI) has increased substantially over the last decade, with Europe as a key destination. The upsurge in Chinese outward FDI indicates a rebalancing of global political-economic relations, with China and its companies acquiring new roles and gaining economic power. Bringing together research on the rise of Chinese multinational companies and their activities in Europe, this book focuses on the business strategies of Chinese investors and on employment relations in Chinese-owned companies in Europe.

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Is Europeanised board-level employee representation specific? The case of European Companies (SEs)

Jeremy Waddington and Aline Conchon

2017

This working paper investigates whether European board-level representation of employees in European Companies (SEs) is really ‘Europeanised’ or is coloured by the national system of their company’s country of origin.

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National trade unions and the ETUC: A history of unity and diversity

Andrea Ciampani and Pierre Tilly

2017

This publication is a follow-up to the book 1973-2013: 40 years of history of the European Trade Union Confederation. It looks more closely at how different trade union models in different European countries, traditions and cultures have come together within this organisation.

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The New Pension Mix in Europe

David Natali (ed.)

2017
The new pension mix

This book looks at the most recent developments in pension policy and politics in Europe and advances our understanding of the field in three respects: firstly, it contributes to improve our knowledge of the most recent reform wave passed in the wake of the recent economic and financial crisis; secondly, it assesses the long-term financial and social sustainability of pensions; thirdly, it analyses the politics of pensions and the way policymakers and stakeholders interact in order to address the major challenges to pensions.

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Why central and eastern Europe needs a pay rise

Béla Galgóczi (ETUI)

2017

This working paper looks at wage developments in central and eastern Europe (CEE) over the past twenty years and shows that wages are not only low compared to western Europe but, as demonstrated by a number of variables, also tend to be lower than what the economic potential of these countries would allow for.

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Myths of employment deregulation: how it neither creates jobs nor reduces labour market segmentation

Agnieszka Piasna and Martin Myant (ETUI)

2017
myths of employment deregulation

This book looks at the effects of changes in employment regulation on levels and forms of employment in ten EU countries (Spain, Italy, Estonia, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, France, Denmark, and the UK).

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Innovative union practices in Central-Eastern Europe

Magdalena Bernaciak and Marta Kahancová

2017

This book provides a detailed account of the innovative practices pursued by trade unions in Central and Eastern Europe since 2008. The book covers eleven post-socialist states that joined the EU in 2004, 2007 and 2013: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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The impact of trade and investment agreements on decent work and sustainable development

Martin Myant (ETUI)

2017

This guide provides an analysis of past trade agreements, set within the context of developments in international economic relations. It shows that there can be gains from more trade and economic integration, but that there have also been losers.

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Occupational safety and health in 2040: Four scenarios

Aída Ponce del Castillo (ETUI) and Sascha Meinert (IPA, Berlin)

2017
health and safety at work in 2040

This guide is the result of a project looking at the long-term prospects for making better and strategic decisions on occupational safety and health (OSH) in the European Union. The publication presents four potential scenarios (‘wellbeing’, ‘self-reliance’, ‘productivity’ and ‘protection’) for the future of OSH in the European Union.

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Epigenetics and chemical risk management in the workplace

Dr Rokus Renirie and Dr Hildo Krop (IVAM, Research and Consultancy on Sustainability)

2017
epigenetics and chemical risk management at the workplace

This guide provides a comprehensive introduction to epigenetics, the emerging science of biological mechanisms in the DNA that will switch genes on and off. The knowledge of epigenetics is important for workers as it could lead to retrospective proof of past exposure to (adverse) chemicals and early identification of dangerous chemicals at the workplace.

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