Trade Unions

Labour, Capital and Corporate Governance

Corporate governance is a complex idea that is often inappropriately simplified as a cookbook of recommended measures to improve financial performance. Many studies suggest that the supposed benign effects of these measures —independent directors or highly incentivised executives— are at best context specific. Corporate Governance in Contention explores and explains the meaning, purpose, and importance of corporate governance, with discussions […]

September 11th, 2018|Featured, Trade Unions|1 Comment|

Worker’s rights in the digital age

Christophe Degryse of the ETUI argues that, while digitalisation of the economy is inevitable, its effects on labour markets and working lives need to be managed carefully, otherwise we are in for an increasingly polarised and unequal society. The main concerns with digital platforms are the trend towards deregulation and the failure to comply with social legislation. It is difficult, […]

The unlikely cure for populism: democracy at work

Stan De Spiegelaere of the ETUI proposes a cure for populism – democracy at work. After all, he argues,  if we want political democracy to succeed then we need citizens to have practical experiences with participation and involvement. Where better to acquire this experience than the workplace?

Trump in the White House, Orban in Hungary, the Law and Justice party […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    The Country-Specific Recommendations and the European Pillar of Social Rights – a step in the right direction?

The Country-Specific Recommendations and the European Pillar of Social Rights – a step in the right direction?

Stefan Clauwaert, the ETUI’s legal expert, has analysed the EU Commission’ s country-specific recommendations for 2018-2019, and argues that they show the clear influence of the European Pillar of Social Rights.  While this is a good sign, he argues that in several crucial areas they do not live up to the promise shown at the time that the CSRs were originally introduced. 

The […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    ‘Recklessness, hubris and greed’ – How to remedy cases such as Carillion in the future

‘Recklessness, hubris and greed’ – How to remedy cases such as Carillion in the future

Saul Estrin and David Marsden reflect on the problems of corporate governance that large companies responsible for outsourced public services face. They wrote a short report for the UK government replying to its Green Paper on Corporate Governance Reform and submitted it in November 2017.

The recent collapse of Carillion highlights the limitations of current government policy on corporate governance, and the […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Will it pay to be large in the EU steel industry? The answer may not be straightforward

Will it pay to be large in the EU steel industry? The answer may not be straightforward

The EU steel industry faces major challenges in the shape of rising prices for raw materials, fierce competition from international producers, and global overcapacity. Niccolò Pisani and Emilio Riva explain that the reaction to these problems has often been to advocate increased market concentration. However, the disruptive influence of artificial intelligence and growing anti-globalisation sentiment, epitomised by Donald Trump’s decision to impose a […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    The Origins and Nature of Modern Day Populism: Labour Market Dualisation and Political Alienation

The Origins and Nature of Modern Day Populism: Labour Market Dualisation and Political Alienation

Dustin Voss of the London School of Economics investigates the politico-economic origins of populism in his latest LEQS working paper. Comparing Germany and Spain, he notes that populism as a distinct form of protest voting has its roots in perceived labour market inequalities and he argues that sustained flexibilisation and casualisation in low-wage sectors stokes political outrage. In order […]

Is this time different? The social effects of automation

Bob Hancké of the LSE applauds a rare empirical study of the effects of automation on inequality

An interesting blog post here, with a link to a paper by David Hope (Kings College London) and Angelo Martelli (LSE). They examine the inequality effects of the ‘knowledge economy’. There are two important reasons why this is a very relvant piece of […]

Europe needs a pay rise and young Europeans need jobs

Steve Coulter of the European Trade Union Institute cautions that improving growth figures in the European Union mask widening regional disparities in GDP per head and real wages, while many of the jobs that have been created are part time and/or precarious. Action to sustain the modest recovery and share out its spoils should go beyond sustaining demand – […]

Social Partnership in Europe in the face of the future

Steve Coulter of the LSE examines the state of workplace cooperation in Europe and finds some cracks, as well as some shards of light, in the edifice of social partnership

Social partnership – or institutionalised co-operation between business and labour, sometimes overseen by governments – has been a feature of most European economies since the Second World War. Many informed […]