Benchmarking Working Europe 2014

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Publication Date 2014
ISBN 978-2-87452-307-6
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The report Benchmarking Working Europe 2014 reviews the crisis and EU austerity policies in the last five years from the point of view of Europe's social agenda.

The publication, written by the research team of the ETUI, offers an overview of the most important statistics on the EU’s macroeconomic situation, labour market developments, inequality and poverty, deregulation of labour law, wages and collective bargaining, health and safety at work, worker participation rights and the impact of austerity on the green agenda.

The Benchmarking Working Europe report comprises a critical, fact-based diagnosis of the first five years of the EU’s crisis management policies in view of the Europe 2020 agenda. It suggests that Europe finds itself “half-way through a lost decade” and provides the scientific underpinning of the ETUC’s political roadmap for a ‘new path for Europe’.

The publication demonstrates that the European Union is in need of a fundamental change of course.

Chapter 1: Europe five years into crisis: investment not austerity as the way out
Chapter 2: Crisis takes its toll: disentangling five years of labour market developments
Chapter 3: Developments in inequality and social protection in Europe
Chapter 4: Deregulation of labour law at any price
Chapter 5: Half a decade of pressure on wages and collective bargaining
Chapter 6: Workers’ health and safety exposed to crisis
Chapter 7: Chipping away at workers’ participation rights
Chapter 8: Where is all that green investment?

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EurActiv, 16.05.14: Millions of Europeans are poor despite having a full-time job
ESO: Background information: Benchmarking Working Europe 2013

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