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Andrew Pendleton

Financial participation in Europe: opportunities and risks for employees

This Policy Brief analyses the main forms by which workers are able to share in the profits and ownership of the companies they work in. It also examines the risks and opportunities of financial participation for workers and poses some questions about how practice should be regulated. Its main recommendations are that, where financial participation... Find out more

Niklas Bruun, Klaus Lörcher, Isabelle Schömann

The economic and financial crisis and collective labour law in Europe

The current economic and financial crisis erupted several years ago. Its effects impacted deeply upon society, in which legal rules and social patterns have developed to enable the establishment of civilisation, justice and peace. Over time it has become more and more obvious that policy, financial and economic actors have adopted austerity... Find out more

David Natali

Pensions after the financial and economic crisis: a comparative analysis of recent reforms in Europe

This paper sheds light on the initial impact of the economic and financial crisis on pensions policy across Europe, and assesses the first measures proposed and/or introduced in four EU countries. The author argues that while the impact on different pension models naturally varies, some common trends can be identified: short-term measures to grant... Find out more

The financial crisis - causes & cures

The financial crisis has exposed several flaws in the institutional structures, incentive systems, regulations and supervisory structures of financial markets. The European Trade Union Institute, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Bertelsmann Stiftung have teamed up with Re-Define to publish this well-timed book which cuts through the technical... Find out more

Collective bargaining responses to the economic crisis in Europe

This Policy Brief provides an overview of collective bargaining responses to the crisis in Europe. It shows clearly that collective bargaining has proven to be an effective instrument to maintain employment and to allow companies to find flexible solutions to deal with the steep economic downturn. They note, though, that the increased pressure for... Find out more

Thorsten Schulten

Minimum wages in Europe: new debates against the background of economic crisis

The minimum wage is a standard and generally accepted tool of labour market regulation in most European countries. Since the start of the new millennium, the real value of minimum wages has substantially increased, acting in many cases as a spur to general wage developments. The year 2008 marked a break in this trend, however, and the real value of... Find out more

Government and trade union responses to the economic crisis in the financial sector

This working paper provides an overview of government and trade union responses to the economic crisis in the financial sector. It provides a comparative presentation of trade union and government responses to the crisis with particular emphasis on the country-specific conditions and practices of collective bargaining and social dialogue. It is... Find out more

Plant-level responses to the economic crisis in Europe

How are social policy actors in major sectors of the European economy responding to the current economic and financial crisis? This working paper summarises the plant-level responses of social policy actors to the symptoms of the current recession between October and mid January 2009. It examines how, during this period, organised labour and... Find out more