Trade Unions

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    The European Pillar of Social Rights: Bridging the gaps or falling short?

The European Pillar of Social Rights: Bridging the gaps or falling short?

Zane Rasnača of the the European Trade Union Institute, in the second of our blog posts on the Social Pillar, suggests a few ways in which the EPSR could move beyond soft law to become something more hard-hitting and effective

The events surrounding the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) are approaching a conclusion, with an agreement in the Council […]

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    The European Pillar of Social Rights in historical perspective

The European Pillar of Social Rights in historical perspective

Philippe Pochet of the European Trade Union Institute has some advice for the European Union as it mounts one of its periodic attempts to recast the Social Union. He urges the EU to rebalance social and economic concerns by mounting an ambitious social programme The ambition and the potential role of the European Pillar of Social Rights in the development […]

UK Trade Unions come out against Brexit

Steve Coulter of the London School of Economics welcomes publication of a letter by major UK trade unions in favour of remaining in the EU. Otherwise, the Referendum campaign risks being dominated by Conservative politicians slinging mud at each other

What do British trade unions think about Brexit? Up until now, the Referendum campaign in the UK has been dominated […]

European Works Councils at a turning point

Romuald Jagodziński of the European Trade Union Institute is critical of a recent revamp of the legislative framework for European Works Councils. He argues that implementation of the new rules has ‘castrated’ the Directive’s potential to produce positive change and calls on the Commission to try again

In 2009 European Works Councils (EWCs), the main institution of transnational information and […]

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    Reforming UK labour regulation in or outside the EU would be hard work

Reforming UK labour regulation in or outside the EU would be hard work

Steve Coulter of the LSE outlines discussions during the recent session on labour markets of the LSE’s Commission on Britain in Europe, a major evidence-led inquiry looking at Britain’s future in the European Union in the light of the approaching referendum. The session featured employers, unions and policy analysts and discussed whether EU-inspired employment legislation helped or hindered employers […]

European Works Councils: progress and a long road ahead

Stan De Spiegelaere and Romek Jagodzinski of the European Trade Union Institute give a progress report on European Works Councils. Although EWCs continue to grow, they suffer from a lack of resources and more of third of them lack training rights in their agreements. Both sides – management and workers need to work together to make them more effective.

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    Poking the Beehive: the UK Conservative’s Trade Union Bill

Poking the Beehive: the UK Conservative’s Trade Union Bill

Steve Coulter of the London School of Economics argues that the British Conservatives’ new Trade Union Bill is more about politics than ‘repairing’ the UK’s generally good industrial relations This week the government published a Trade Union Bill that’s already being dubbed the most far-reaching change to industrial relations since, well, the heyday of the last majority Conservative government in […]

The Paradox of the ‘German Model’

Steffen Lehndorff of the University of Duisberg-Essen criticises the presentation of Germany as offering an ideal ‘model for Europe’. Instead, its labour market reforms in the early 2000s allowed it to export deflation to the rest of Europe, with disastrous consequences Paul Krugman recently stated that, ‘if you try to identify countries whose policies were way out of line before […]

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    Italian unions and Renzi’s Jobs Act: opposition and new proposals

Italian unions and Renzi’s Jobs Act: opposition and new proposals

Chiara Benassi of the Max Planck Institute in Cologne and Niccolo Durazzi of the LSE respond to critiques of their blog post on November 18th, in which they refuted claims that Italian trade unions are the main obstacle to reform in the country In response to our earlier article which appeared on the EUROPP and NETUF blogs, Giovannini and Maselli […]

Matteo Renzi must work with Italian trade unions rather than against them if he is serious about reforming Italy’s labour market

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has made reforming the Italian labour market a priority for his government. Chiara Benassi and Niccolo Durazzi assess the argument that Italy’s trade unions are an obstacle to reforms on the basis that they support only their core membership, rather than a broader agenda which includes ‘atypical’ workers such as agency staff. They argue that […]