Picking up the pieces of the neoliberal challenge
The Press Club Brussels Europe, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels

Trade unions have repeatedly been challenged by neoliberal programmes implemented within EU member states and at the European level. The twenty-seven country chapters of the freshly published book "Trade unions in the European Union. Picking up the pieces of the neoliberal challengemap the features of the neoliberal challenge in the member states and the measures implemented by unions in their attempts to adapt to changed circumstances since 2000. It is clear that union activity, either independently or in conjunction with allies, will be at the centre of revitalization campaigns if the pieces left from the neoliberal challenges are to be picked up and wielded into a coherent response.

More than twenty years after the milestone publication “Trade Unions in Europe” (Waddington and Hoffmann 2000), this book offers a timely update and a comprehensive comparative overview of the development, structure, and policies of national trade union movements in the EU. It presents an in-depth analysis of the challenges facing these organizations and their strategic and policy responses from 2000 to 2020.

At the launch of this publication in Brussels the editors will present the key challenges and opportunities for trade unions emerging from the book. The findings of this volume will then be discussed by ETUC Confederal Secretary Tea Jarc. The event will be moderated by Aline Hoffmann, Head of unit Europeanisation industrial relations at the ETUI.


13.15 – 14.00 Registration and lunch  

14:00-15:00 Book launch ‘Trade Unions in the European Union. Picking up the pieces of the neoliberal challenge’ by the editors  

Discussant: Tea Jarc, ETUC Confederal Secretary 

Moderator: Aline Hoffmann, ETUI 

15:00 End 

The participants will be able to purchase the book at a promotional price during the event. 

Please register before 30 November via the link above.