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02.04.2020 Press release

EU urged to swiftly approve 'SURE' to save jobs from C19 breakdown

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) urges EU Finance Ministers and the Council meeting next week to approve the European Commission’s proposal for a €100 billion ‘SURE’ scheme to support short-term work and other measures to protect jobs and wages during the coronavirus crisis.
01.04.2020 Press release

ETUC on SURE & short-time work

Responding to the European Commission’s announcement of the SURE short-time work scheme, ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini said:

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06.04.2020 Document

ETUC statement ahead of Euroroup and Council decisions on crisis response

Less than one month after the start of lockdowns in many EU countries due to COVID-19 outbreak, the number of additional unemployed workers has crossed 4 million, with hundreds of thousands of companies closed and many unlikely to survive the emergency. At the same time, measures to support companies facing difficulties and to provide workers suspended from work with short-time work arrangements and income compensation have been put in place in most Member States, making it possible to save millions of jobs.
30.03.2020 Document

Letter sent to EU Institutions on Emergency measures to save jobs and protect workers’ rights in the European Union

Letter sent to: Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission; Charles Michel, President of the European Council; Prime Ministers/Head of State; David Sassoli, President European Parliament;  Andrej Plenković, President of the Government of the Republic of Croatia; Mario Centeno, President of the Eurogroup; Christine Lagarde, President European Central Bank Concerns: Emergency measures to save jobs and protect workers’ rights in the European Union Dear Presidents, Dear Prime Ministers, Dear Head of State,
27.03.2020 Document

Letter to Croatian Government on suspension of labour & social rights

Dear Prime Minister, Dear Minister, The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has been informed by its Croatian affiliates, SSSH and NHS, that the Croatian Ministry of Labour and Pension System is drafting an Act on regulating labour relations in the circumstances of the COVID-19 epidemic and by which bring some important changes to fundamental social rights as they are currently enshrined in the Croatian Labour Code. The law would amongst others “temporarily”:
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The ETUC takes action in a number of ways: through political pressure and negotiations with EU institutions, social dialogue, and large-scale demonstrations.

Since the start of the crisis, the European Union has demonstrated its growing power over countries that use the single currency. But even outside the Eurozone, EU Member States face the same challenges and are becoming increasingly interdependent. Climate change, energy supply, worker mobility and migration are among the issues that cannot be tackled by individual nations.

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