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Christian Valenduc 11/2018

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).


Slavina Spasova and Bart Vanhercke 10/2018

This policy brief examines issues surrounding recent cuts in pensions provision for workers in arduous and hazardous jobs (WAHJ). Such workers have historically enjoyed better provision because of the strong possibility of them having to take early retirement, but historic arrangements are now under threat. The policy brief presents some data on the working conditions and pensions patterns of WAHJ and provides some policy suggestions...


Sara Hammerton and David Poyser 10/2018

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.


Eckhard Voss (wmp consult), Bruno Demaître (ETUI) and Stan De Spiegelaere (ETUI) 10/2018

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


Marie-Anne Mengeot (journalist) 12/2016

endocrine disruptors guide

The aim of this publication, which received the 2018 Prescrire Prize, 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.


Stefan Clauwaert 09/2018

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.


Aline Hoffmann (ETUI) and Sigurt Vitols (ETUI) 09/2018

The proposed EU company law package, which was published in April 2018 by the European Commission, seeks to encourage cross-border company mobility while at the same time protecting stakeholder interests. The ETUI’s GOODCORP network of company law experts has identified three areas where the package needs to be revised in the interests of protecting workers’ rights and discouraging corporate abuse and makes thirteen specific recommen...


Edited by Salvo Leonardi and Roberto Pedersini 06/2018

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 Econ...


27/11 - 29/11/2018
Madrid, Spain

Training course: The Digital economy is already part of our lives. Production and supply chains are being restructured. Work organisation and working conditions as well as labour are constantly changing.It is crucial then to focus on how can trade unions engage in the field of industry 4.0. How can trade unions tackle workers’ issues such as OSH, Skill/training, data privacy and working time?


Collective Bargaining October 2018

8 November 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 last month:


"Rights at Ryanair": European employee solidarity in practice

8 November 2018

On the last day of October, the ETUI held a lunch debate on recent developments at Ryanair. The Irish low-cost airline is infamous for its poor working conditions and dire employment relations, despite net revenues of 1,45 billion € per year. It is also notoriously anti-union, which has hindered pursuit of industrial action in the past. The ETUI audience heard how this is changing, with steadily worsening conditions leading to a succession of strikes across different European countries over recent months.


Trade unions need to cooperate with Green groups to ensure a Just transition, argues new briefing

26 October 2018

Cooperation between trade unions and environmental campaigners is vital as they are often in the vanguard of campaigns to persuade national governments to adopt climate change targets, argues ETUI Senior Researcher Béla Galgóczi in a new policy brief for the ILO.


New EU Directive crucial for protecting vulnerable workers

22 October 2018

The relentless rise of precarious employment in Europe is one of the challenges that the European trade union movement is trying to deal with at the European level. Various new forms of employment currently fall outside of the scope of protection offered by labour law, as they tend to blur the boundaries between the concepts of ‘worker’ and ‘self-employed’.


Gamification and Foresight: EDU days conference hears about ways of changing the present and preparing for the future

22 October 2018

The need to prepare for a world of change and uncertainty was a key theme of the ETUI’s ‘EDU days 2018’ conference for trade union trainers held in Vilnius on 17-19 October. Over 70 participants from across Europe were briefed on future scenarios for the world of work from the ETUI’s Foresight Unit. They were also introduced to the concept of ‘gamification’ – using games as part of training courses to develop collaborative and strategic ways of working.


Employers and unions call on Commission to include reprotoxicants in the Directive on carcinogens and mutagens at work

17 October 2018

On 16 October the European chemical industry and trade unions agreed that European Union (EU) workers should be better protected from the risks related to exposure to reprotoxic substances. In a joint declaration, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the industriAll European Trade Union, the European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) and the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) called on the European Commission to extend the scope of the Directive on the protection of workers from carcinogens and mutagens to reprotoxic substances.


Follow LIVE the first day of the EDU Days online

15 October 2018

The EDU Days conference of the ETUI Education department is taking place from 17 to 19 October in Vilnius.
The sessions will be broadcasted live on this page.


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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. Read more