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21.01.2021 Press release

Right to disconnect needed now

The European Parliament has now recognised the need for a ‘right to disconnect’ and called for EU action to make that right a reality for working people in the EU.
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18.01.2021 Press release

Women paid €800 less than men for same work

Women doing jobs requiring the same levels of skills, education and physical effort as jobs done by men are still being paid less despite over 45 years of EU equal pay legislation.

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27.01.2021 Document

Holocaust Memorial Day

ETUC remembers and honours the victims of the Holocaust. We reaffirm our opposition to antisemitism, racism and all forms of intolerance that can lead to targeting people with violence. We reaffirm our total opposition to Nazism and Fascism. We recall that among its first victims were many trade unionists. We remember that the first Nazi concentration camps were built to imprison political opponents. We reiterate our opposition to misogyny and homophobia.
20.01.2021 Document

Right to disconnect – No to legislative veto amendment

ETUC welcomes the European Parliament’s interest in the right to disconnect. It is an important right for the quality and dignity of life of working people. It is a right that European employers’ organisations refuse to recognise and are trying to block. The ETUC is calling on the S&D Group to withdraw the last-minute damaging amendment preventing legislative action on the right to disconnect for three years – which in reality means around eight years (given the length of the legislative process and coming-into-force period).
20.01.2021 Document

Right to disconnect - Joint ETUC/ETUFs Letter to the Members of the European Parliament

Brussels, 19 January 2021   Members of the European Parliament via email   Dear MEPs, Workers experience a lot difficulties securing the right to disconnect in reality and the ETUC and the ETUFs urge the Commission to come forth with a proposal for a Directive quickly. Tomorrow, Wednesday the 20th January, amendments to the report on the right to disconnect will be tabled.
19.01.2021 Document

Key note speech at 7th Barbara Prammer Symposium: Gender Sensitive COVI-19 Responses

Esther Lynch, Deputy General secretary ETUC Building Blocks for Equality between Men and Women at Work,  European Policy Perspectives   Colleagues, sisters and friends, I am honoured to be invited to be part of the annual Barbara Prammer symposium. Mrs Prammer, had a vision of feminism that was global in its scale and in its ambition and universal in its solidarity, dedicated to confronting some of the most pervasive structures of oppression.
12.01.2021 Publication

Sign on: Joint Appeal on EU-China Investment Agreement

JOINT APPEAL ON THE INCLUSION OF A HUMAN RIGHTS CLAUSE IN THE EU-CHINA COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT ON INVESTMENT To the attention of: Commissioner for Trade, Mr. Valdis Dombrovskis President of the European Council, Mr. Charles Michel President of the European Commission, Mrs. Ursula von der Leyen President of the European Parliament, Mr. David Sassoli High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mr. Josep Borrell Members of the European Parliament
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