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Julien Louis

The judicialisation of European Trade Union Confederation action

This study examines the development and implementation of judicial strategies by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) over the last fifteen years. Firstly, the author shows that this strategy was born in the wake of the Viking and Laval cases, with the aim of using the standards and complaint mechanisms of the Council of Europe and the... Find out more

Slavina Spasova, Dalila Ghailani, Sebastiano Sabato, ...

Social protection for atypical workers during the pandemic

The spread of Covid-19 and the ensuing adoption of lockdown measures have had severe consequences for European labour markets. All EU governments quickly made unprecedented economic and social support available to tackle the consequences of the pandemic. However, these measures – introduced by EU Member States during the pandemic as regards... Find out more

Sebastiano Sabato, Bart Vanhercke, Anne-Catherine Guio

A ‘Social Imbalances Procedure’ for the EU

In view of the formidable challenges ahead related to recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and to the green and digital transitions, the EU social governance toolbox should urgently be strengthened. This paper discusses the conditions for and added value of setting up an EU Social Imbalances Procedure (SIP), which would be a significant step in this... Find out more

Wouter Zwysen, Jan Drahokoupil

Are collective agreements losing their bite?

This paper describes the evolution of collective bargaining coverage in European countries during 2002-2018 and links it to changes in the evolution of the pay premia received by workers covered by collective bargaining. It uses evidence from the European Structure of Earnings Survey (ESES) to map developments in 28 European countries. We analyse... Find out more

David Natali, Michele Raitano, Giulia Valenti

Pensions and the green transition: policy and political issues at stake

Pension policy has gone through an intense period of reform over the past few decades. However, further changes are likely to take place in the near future. Major global trends, not only population ageing but also globalisation, technological innovation and climate change, are going to shape socio-economic and labour organisation and influence... Find out more

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September 15, 2022

Trade union papers and positions on the energy crisis

The ETUC on the energy crisis At the end of June, the ETUC’s Executive Committee adopted a resolution on the energy price crisis. This resolution points out that the skyrocketing prices of oil, gas... Find out more

July 13, 2020

Collective Bargaining developments in June 2020

Please find below the highlights of the June issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the past month. Full version of... Find out more