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Collective bargaining and self-employed workers

Policy considerations EU competition law imposes limits on the scope of collective labour law, as it precludes self-employed workers from collective bargaining . There is a rising number of self-employed workers whose livelihood are characterised by increasing precariousness and whose working conditions could be improved by ensuring that collective... Find out more

Tomas Berglund, Jeremy Waddington

Trade union internationalism

This special issue, the third in a series of Transfer issues on ‘the state of trade unionism in Europe’, examines the international activity of European trade unions. Trade unions in Europe today operate in a complex and multi-layered institutional environment, ranging from the workplace, where the central concern is the representation of members’... Find out more

Anna Kaliga, Alexander Oberdieck

Non-financial reporting: how can it be a resource for workers?

Non-financial reporting is the provision by companies of information regarding their policies that have an impact on workers, the environment and society. EU requirements for such reporting are based on Directive 2014/95/EU on the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large undertakings and groups. This Directive falls... Find out more

European multinational companies and trade unions in eastern and east-central Europe

Are foreign multinational companies more or less likely than domestically-owned firms to recognise trade unions and engage seriously in collective bargaining? On the face of it, a multinational company is in a stronger position relative to employees as it can play off one group against another. On the other hand, big multinationals often recognise... Find out more

Katrin McGauran

Ending regulatory avoidance through the use of letterbox companies

Letterbox companies are legal entities set up by businesses to benefit from a regulatory framework in a jurisdiction in which they have little or no material operations. They enable ‘regime shopping’ for lower taxes, wages, labour standards and social contributions, as well as for different legal rights under bilateral treaties. According to... Find out more

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January 27, 2022

How can trade unions use artificial intelligence to build power?

It is hardly news that most applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace increase employer power. As technology that is overwhelmingly applied by employers rather than employees in... Find out more

November 10, 2021

Arise, power, strategy and union resurgence

There have been thousands of research papers and books from both scholars and practitioners on the questions of union decline, union organising, and efforts to revitalise the union movement, yet we... Find out more

January 13, 2021

An underutilised resource: the revitalising promise of new trade union members

Trade union membership prospects has declined in 24 out of 32 European countries in 2010–2017, compared to the first decade of the twenty-first century. Yet, even though union membership is declining... Find out more