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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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HesaMag

2018
Hesamag 16

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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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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Le dialogue social européen. Histoire d’une innovation sociale (1985-2003)

Jean Lapeyre

2017

This book recounts the history of the social dialogue, from its birth to its achievement of greater autonomy, through the different accounts of the actors who conceived and developed it, with reference to various texts, joint opinions and autonomous agreements, and through an analysis of the functioning of the social dialogue.

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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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Rough waters: European trade unions in a time of crises

Steffen Lehndorff, Heiner Dribbusch and Thorsten Schulten

2017

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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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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Measuring European competitiveness at the sectoral level

Stefan Collignon (Centro Europa Ricerche, Rome) and Piero Esposito (LUISS, Rome)

2017
Measuring European competitiveness book - wages

This book develops a new approach for estimating the way in which labour costs reflect cost competitiveness.

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Benchmarking Working Europe 2017

2017
Benchmarking working Europe 2017

This 2017 edition of Benchmarking working Europe focuses on the question 'overcoming cleavages across the EU?'. It analyses in four chapters and with the help of 58 visual graphs latest trends and outcomes of European policies in the areas of macro-economics, wages and collective bargaining, labour markets and, last but not least, social dialogue and workers' participation.

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Challenger multinationals in telecommunications: Huawei and ZTE

Peter Pawlicki (IG Metall)

2017

This background analysis looks at the development and success of two Chinese companies, Huawei and ZTE, as major players on the global market of telecommunications equipment producers. The case of both companies indicates the importance of integrated industrial policies and can serve as a wake-up call for all policy stakeholders in the EU.

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Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2016

Bart Vanhercke, David Natali and Denis Bouget

2017
social policy in the European Union 2016

The 17th edition of Social policy in the European Union: state of play reports on recent EU and national social policymaking, with contributions from leading scholars pointing to a ‘crisis’, the best word to characterize 2015.

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Transfer

2017
Transfer Labour Mobility May 2016

Transfer, the European Review of Labour and Research, is published for the ETUI by Sage Publications.
Transfer stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It contributes research findings on issues of strategic relevance for trade unions, in particular with regard to developments at the European level. Transfer publishes original peer-reviewed research on issues such as new developments in industrial relations, social policy and labour market developments.

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SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe

Béla Galgóczi (ETUI)

2017

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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Balancing protection and investment: structural reforms in five countries

Chiara Agostini, Valentina Lisi, David Natali and Sebastiano Sabato

2017
Structural reforms in 5 EU member states book

This book looks at the structural reforms adopted between 2008 and 2015 in five European Union (EU) countries – the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland and Italy. It provides evidence that the EU influenced structural reforms but lacked a coherent agenda to support growth. In such a context, different countries implemented different reform strategies that reflected their (partly) diverging socio-economic models.

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Shaping the world of work in the digital economy

Christophe Degryse (ETUI)

2017
Cover Foresight brief 1 work in the digital economy

For better or worse, the digitalisation of the economy has become an unavoidable theme in political and social debates. This new industrial revolution is predicted to disrupt the processes of production, the world of work and society at large. How can we prepare for this and how can we anticipate its effects? This Foresight Brief aims to draw out vital points concerning the strategic challenges that we believe the world of work faces in this new ‘digital revolution’.

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Endocrine disruptors: an occupational risk in need of recognition

Marie-Anne Mengeot (journalist)

2016
endocrine disruptors guide

This publication's aim is to raise the awareness of union officials and political decision-makers on workers' exposure to endocrine disruptors. A further aim is to draw attention to the gaps in European legislation on the prevention of this type of workplace risk.

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The European Social Charter and the Employment Relation

Niklas Bruun, Klaus Lörcher, Isabelle Schömann and Stefan Clauwaert

2016
The European social charter and the employment relation

The collection of articles in this book addresses the potential of the European Social Charter to promote and safeguard social rights in Europe.

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Labour and Social Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. Europeanization and beyond

Violaine Delteil and Vassil Nikolaev Kirov

2016

Over a quarter of a century after the fall of the Berlin Wall and 10 years after their accession to the European Union (EU), Central and Eastern Europe Countries (CEECs) still show marked differences with the rest of Europe in the fields of labour, work and industrial relations. This book presents a detailed and original analysis of labour and social transformations in the CEECs.

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Uses and abuses of the OECD’s Employment Protection Legislation index in research and EU policy making

Martin Myant and Laura Brandhuber (ETUI)

2016
Uses and abuses of the OECD's employment protection legislation index

This paper provides a critical assessment of the OECD's Employment Protection Legislation (EPL). This indicator is designed to measure and compare employment protection legislation across countries and has dominated much of recent labour market policy making in the EU.

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Guide de Formation - Etre citoyen et syndicaliste en Europe

2016
cover guide

Ce guide est destiné aux formateurs et formatrices des organisations syndicales nationales. Il s’agit de mettre à leur disposition un outil leur permettant d’organiser une formation de base sur l’Union européenne (UE) en direction de leurs militants et militantes notamment ceux qui sont peu expérimentés sur les questions européennes. La familiarisation avec la construction de l’UE et
son fonctionnement ainsi qu’avec l’intervention syndicale vise à permettre au mouvement syndical européen, dans son ensemble, de construire une citoyenneté syndicale européenne.

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Lohnpolitik unter europäischer 'economic governance'

Torsten Müller, Thorsten Schulten, Guy Van Gyes

2016
wages, Lohnpolitik book

This book deals with current issues of wages and collective bargaining in the context of the European crisis and the new system of European economic governance.

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Employment relations in an era of change

Valeria Pulignano (KU Leuven), Holm-Detlev Köhler (University of Oviedo) and Paul Stewart (University of Strathclyde)

2016
Book employment relations in an era of change

Employee and employer relations and their regulatory mechanisms and institutions are undergoing profound change in contemporary capitalist societies. This edited volume focuses on the dynamics and strategies of the social partners (unions and their representatives and employers and management) involved and affected by these transformations. In particular, it provides a wide-ranging empirical evidence illustrating that a multi-level approach is today potentially the most suitable way to understand the current transformations as well as to examine their social effects.

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