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Vladimir Bogoeski, Zane Rasnača, Elisabeth Brameshuber, ...

Report on the social security rights of short-term third-country national migrant workers

This report provides an overview of the ways in which EU and EEA Member States have regulated their social security frameworks in relation to short-term third-country national (TCN) migrant workers. It presents the result of an extensive mapping exercise carried out in 24 EU Member States, as well as Iceland and Norway, focussing on the... Find out more

Transformative ideas - ensuring a just share of progress for all

This edited volume explores the need for a transformative approach to envisioning a just social and economic model. A cross-disciplinary team of academic experts was formed to develop this approach, with the aim of proposing concrete policy ideas that are both transformative and original. While these ideas should not be contingent on a... Find out more

Bart Vanhercke, Sebastiano Sabato, Slavina Spasova, ...

Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2022

At the beginning of 2022, hopes were high that the Covid-19 pandemic was on the ebb and that the European Union (EU) would be able to focus again on the main challenge of this century: how to proactively tackle the green and digital transition in a socially fair and inclusive way. But the Russian invasion of Ukraine dashed these hopes. Realpolitik... Find out more

The 2022 Country Specific Recommendations in the social field: quo vadis, EU recovery?

This report provides an analysis of the 2022 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) made by the Council, on a proposal by the Commission, concerning social and labour policies. Account is taken of the main new features of this Semester cycle, notably the integration of the European Semester in the NextGenerationEU strategy and the ongoing energy... Find out more

The EU recovery strategy

This paper explores the EU recovery strategy with a specific focus on its potentially transformative aspects vis-à-vis European integration and on its implications for the social dimension of the EU’s socio-economic governance. It aims, in particular, to provide a reflection on whether the established measures put forward sufficient safeguards... Find out more

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May 08, 2023

Labour shortages: not a shortage of skills so much as a shortage of pay

The European Year of Skills will be officially launched on 9 May 2023, but debates about labour shortages should not be focusing only on skills. Labour shortages in the European Union (EU) are... Find out more

April 06, 2023

Collective bargaining news highlights - March 2023

Austria: 10% pay raise in private hospitals The Vida trade union managed to negotiate a collective agreement for private hospitals with a 10.56% wage increase and € 2,000 minimum monthly wage. The... Find out more

March 16, 2023

Agreement to improve working conditions in arts and entertainment sector

After a week of tough negotiations, major international unions, employers, industry bodies, and governments have come to an agreement to advance workers' rights in the arts and entertainment sector... Find out more

March 07, 2023

Collective bargaining highlights - February 2023

Austria: New collective agreement in the electricity sector The trade union GPA has negotiated a new collective agreement in the electricity sector which delivers pay increases of 8.6%-9.6% along with... Find out more

September 15, 2022

Trade union papers and positions on the energy crisis

The ETUC on the energy crisis At the end of June, the ETUC’s Executive Committee adopted a resolution on the energy price crisis. This resolution points out that the skyrocketing prices of oil, gas... Find out more