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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

Torsten Müller, Thorsten Schulten

The European minimum wage on the doorstep

The European Commission published a consultation document with a view to take legislative action to establish fair minimum wages in Europe. In this policy brief, the researchers argue for a pragmatic approach of taking the ‘in-work-poverty-wage’ threshold of 60 per cent of the national full-time gross median wage as the reference to assess the... Find out more

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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