12.11.2019 Document

Release of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva - Letter to Sergio Nobre, National President of CUT (Brazil)

Brussels, 10 November 2019 Dear friends, The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), which represents fifty million workers, has received with great joy news of the release of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, 580 days after his political arrest at the Federal Police Superintendency in Curitiba. Today more than ever it is clear that the judges and prosecutors related to Bolsonaro wanted to imprison the ideas of justice and social progress that Lula and you represent. Lula has been, and is, a point of reference for the entire international trade union movement.
23.10.2019 Document

Statement on Albania and North Macedonia accession to the EU

Statement on Albania and North Macedonia accession to the EU We regret the decision of the European Council not to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia and express our solidarity with workers and their trade unions from these counties. They face enormous challenges of decent work deficits, non-respect of the law, low wages, high levels of informal work, as well as systematic violation of fundamental workers’ rights and freedoms.
23.10.2019 Document

ETUC Solidarity with Chile

ETUC supports CUT Chile
The ETUC stands in solidarity with the Chilean trade unions and the Chilean people in the biggest crisis of the country since the end of the military dictatorship. We join the call of CUT Chile and the ITUC for the Government to restore the country's democratic institutions and give way to the biggest protest since 1990.
18.10.2019 Document

Statement on the Revision of the Regulations on the coordination of social security systems

The ETUC has been calling for improvements of the rules on the coordination of social security systems for years. We need improvements to the current rules to better fight against abuses and fraud and to strengthen mobile workers’, posted workers’ and frontier workers’ rights, as well as to improve and operationalise the cooperation between Member States. Now it is possible to deliver much needed improvements to the legal framework by completing in a positive manner the negotiations on the revision of the Regulations on the coordination of social security systems.
  • 16.10.2019 Document

    Luca Visentini speech to EU Social Summit

    TSS Group
    Dear Presidents, Prime Minister, Vice President, Commissioner, Ministers, Colleagues from the social partners, This is the last Tripartite Social Summit of the current European Commission, and also the last for Donald Tusk as President of the Council. I would like to warmly thank Donald for the support and leadership you have shown in organising and driving the TSS over the last years. You have done this giving great consideration to the social partners’ ideas and proposals.
  • 07.10.2019 Document

    15 ETUC priorities for the new mandate of the EU institutions

    The European Trade Union Confederation represents 45 million workers from 90 national trade unions in 38 European countries and 10 European sectoral trade union federations. It presents the following priorities for the new mandate of the EU institutions, particularly the new Commission’s Work Programme and strategic agenda for the next five years.
  • 30.09.2019 Document

    Letter to the Commission regarding 'one in, one out' principle

    Dear President-elect, I am writing to you to express our deep concern over the proposal for the new Commission to operate a ‘one in, one out’ to legislation. The ETUC is positive about the prospects for the EU to achieve social progress over the next five years, recognising that the new Commission has set political priorities that reflect some major concerns of working people and put in a place a team with a strong track record. 
  • 12.09.2019 Document

    EU - safeguard and strengthen Democracy at Work!

    Statement presented at the ETUC EWC Annual conference 2019 Democracy at work is a fundamental value and a guiding principle of the European Union, recognised in the Treaties and in the Charter of Fundamental Rights. It needs to be high on any ambitious European and national political agenda. Democracy at work matters: for workers, for companies, for public services and for society.
  • 02.07.2019 Document

    Climate Action Call

    Climate Action Call
    Joint Climat Action Call cosigned by the ETUC Scientists say that we face a climate emergency. We need decisive action in the next 10 years to put us on a transformative pathway in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement, including efforts to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C. We must act immediately to get on track for a healthy, fair and liveable future. This will not only reduce devastating impacts of climate change but also bring major economic and social benefits, attract new investments, create new quality jobs and limit health damages.
  • 27.06.2019 Document

    Set Maximum Work Temperatures Now

    All workers deserve to work in safe temperatures. In the week that many areas of Europe endure another heatwave, we call on the next European Commission to take this issue seriously and introduce a legislative instrument that recognises this increased risk to workers and provides a framework for protecting workers. Weather conditions do not respect national borders and so European action is required. Yet, unlike in other parts of the world, Europe has no binding legislation on safe maximum working temperatures.
  • 28.05.2019 Document

    ETUC Vienna Manifesto

    ETUC Secretariat
    ETUC Manifesto 2019-2023 We are living through a crucial and challenging moment for Europe and the European trade union movement.
  • 24.05.2019 Document

    Emergency Motion on the situation in Austria

    EMERGENCY MOTION APPROVED AT THE 14TH ETUC STATUTORY CONGRESS Vienna 21-24 May 2019 EN Emergency Motion on the situation in Austria In light of the current developments in Austria, the Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation expresses its full solidarity with the Austrian Trade Union Federation and Austrian workers.
  • 24.05.2019 Document

    Brexit statement

    STATEMENT APPROVED AT THE ETUC 14th Statutory Congress Vienna 21-24 May 2019   Brexit statement Congress notes that almost three years after the UK referendum on EU membership, negotiations between the EU and the UK on the terms of exit have concluded but that the UK government has repeatedly failed to secure approval for the Withdrawal Agreement in the British parliament.
  • 13.05.2019 Document

    ETUC Resolution on the Need for EU Action to Protect Workers from High Temperatures

    Brussels 13/05/2019 ETUC Resolution on the Need for EU Action to Protect Workers from High Temperatures  Adopted at the Executive Committee Meeting of 18-19 December 2018 Background When the workplace gets too hot it is more than just an issue of comfort. When the temperature goes too high, as was the case during the summer of 2018, then it can become a real health and safety issue.
  • 08.05.2019 Document

    European Social Partner’s Statement on the Rule of Law

    On 3 April 2019, the European Commission launched its Communication on “Further strengthening the Rule of Law within the Union. State of Play and possible next steps” (COM(2019) 163 final). It thereby invited the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council and the public at large to reflect on how strengthening the enforcement of the rule of law can make an essential contribution to the future of the European Union.