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    The European Pillar of Social Rights in historical perspective

The European Pillar of Social Rights in historical perspective

This week is the first anniversary of the European Pillar of Social Rights. We are reposting the second of our series of blogs on the pillar, this one by Philippe Pochet of the European Trade Union Institute in which he offers some advice for the European Union as it mounts one of its periodic attempts to recast the Social […]

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    The European Pillar of Social Rights – one year on. Bridging the gap, or falling short?

The European Pillar of Social Rights – one year on. Bridging the gap, or falling short?

This week marks the first birthday of the European Pillar of Social Rights. Here, we are republishing a blog written by Zane Rasnača of the European Trade Union Institute, in which she 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 […]

Deregulated trade and international solidarity

In the controversy on CETA, TTIP, and the imminent trade war, politics and economics intersect. Traditional neoclassical economics treat free trade as a one-way mechanism where the welfare of all involved parties increases with trade volume. The reality however is different, argues Patrick Mokre. Many progressive economists have criticized the underlying theories – this critique forms the necessary precondition […]

November 12th, 2018|Featured, Trade Unions|0 Comments|

Robotisation and globalization: the enemy of my enemy?

Toon van Overbeke of the LSE reflects on the ongoing debate about the consequences of automation for the future of work. He argues that as technology is becoming cheaper and more advanced the cost-benefit analysis of off-shoring could well be changing away from further outsourcing and towards reshoring manufacturing back to Europe.

One would be hard-pressed to find many […]

Can we create jobs in a ‘post-growth’ world?

Steve Coulter of the ETUI and LSE reports on a recent conference which tackled difficult questions over the fight against climate change.  

The question of how environmental sustainability can be achieved alongside social justice was debated at a meeting of experts earlier this month hosted by the ETUI in Brussels. A lot of interesting points were raised at the […]

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 […]

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. 

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    ‘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 […]