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About Etui

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.

The Institute is composed of two departments:

  • A research department with three units:
    • Europeanisation of industrial relations;
    • Economic, employment and social policies;
    • Working conditions, health and safety.
  • An education department

The ETUI conducts studies on socio-economic topics and industrial relations and monitors European policy developments of strategic importance for the world of labour. It creates, what is more, bridges between the academic sphere, the world of research and the trade union movement in order to encourage independent research on topics of decisive relevance to the world of labour.

The ETUI encourages training and learning activities. It provides the ETUC and its affiliates with programmes and exchanges that strengthen the European trade union identity.

The ETUI provides technical assistance in the field of health and safety with a view to achieving a high level of occupational health and safety protection for workers throughout Europe.

A Foresight Studies unit is in charge of studying long-term challenges for the European trade union movement and its implications for the operation of the Institute.

The ETUI is a non-profit international association under Belgian law, employing a staff of some 70 persons from all over Europe. It receives financial support from the European Union.

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Submit your research paper on Towards the establishment of eco-social welfare systems in Europe

17 February 2020
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This year’s 18th edition of the ESPAnet Annual Conference, will be held in Leuven hosted by the Team Social Policy and Social Work of the Faculty of Social Sciences of KU Leuven. Denis Bouget (Université de Nantes) and Philippe Pochet (ETUI) will hold a special Stream on Towards the establishment of eco-social welfare systems in Europe.

The gap between real labour productivity and wage growth

14 February 2020
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Principle 6a of the European Pillar of Social Rights states that ‘Workers have the right to fair wages that provide for a decent standard of living’. A yardstick for gauging the fairness of earned wages is whether they correspond to the increases in labour productivity, as this is an indicator of the contribution of workers to output growth. If wages grow at least as fast as labour productivity, then wage growth is by and large following a ‘fair’ path. But has this been the case in Europe?

New issue of Transfer on vocational education

13 February 2020

The financial crisis has left Europe with severe labour market mismatches which in some countries lead to high unemployment, especially among young people without higher education degrees. Although there seems to be a widely accepted consensus that skills needs are changing, there is no agreement on how the education systems should respond. A solution that has proved its effectiveness in the past is dual vocational education and training (dual VET) – a form of education in which students combine school with in-company training and this way acquire skills relevant to the labour market they will be joining.

ETUI to draft impact assessment report on machinery directive

13 February 2020
machinery directive

The European Economic and Social Committee( EESC) has turned to the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) to draft the Information Report (Impact Assessment) on the Machinery Directive.

Collective Bargaining newsletter January 2020

6 February 2020

Please find below the highlights of the first issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter for 2020 with the most important developments at European and member state level in January 2020.

Collective bargaining still very relevant in a changing world of work

30 January 2020

Does collective bargaining still matter and, if so, what role can it play, together with workers’ voice, in a rapidly changing world of work? These are the main questions that the recently published OECD report on collective bargaining attempts to answer.

Just transition – condicio sine qua non for the European Green Deal

30 January 2020

The subject of the extraordinary well attended edition of the ETUI Monthly forum on 21 January was the European Green Deal and just transition. As Philippe Pochet, ETUI’s General director, pointed out in his introduction, just transition has always been a key topic for the ETUI but in the new work programme it will be an overarching priority. However, the way we look at this issue has evolved, which is also why there is no question mark after the title of this year’s ETUI flagship conference taking place at the end of June – Towards a new socio-ecological contract.

Luxembourg to become the first EU country to ban glyphosate at the end of 2020

21 January 2020
Photo by Jean Carlo Emer on Unsplash

Luxembourg is set to become the first EU country to completely ban products based on glyphosate. The ban will come into effect in three phases: authorisation to market it will be withdrawn on 1 February 2020. Then there will be a period lasting until 30 June allowing stocks of it to be run down. Finally, the total ban on the use of herbicides containing glyphosate will come into effect on 31 December 2020. This measure was first announced in December 2018 in the context of the coalition agreement underlying the formation of a new government made up of the Socialists, Liberals and Greens.


    Presentation of the European Trade Union Institute 2018