18.01.2023 Document

ETUC support letter to French affiliates demonstrating on 19 January 2023 against the extension of the retirement age

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Dear colleagues, The ETUC stands in solidarity with the French trade unions in their opposition to the extension of the retirement age in France. The 'reform' of the pension system is an attack on the well-being and aspirations of workers and their families. This reform is even more unacceptable - and counterproductive - when inequalities are growing and the cost of living crisis is severe. It will only deepen inequality and increase distrust of a political system that seeks to place a greater burden on working people, particularly the poorest.
  • 14.12.2022 Document

    ETUC appoints company for transparency analysis

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    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has appointed an independent company with specialist expertise in anti-corruption practices in response to allegations of corruption involving public figures in and around the European Parliament, which resulted in the questioning and release under conditions of the former General Secretary of the ETUC.
  • 22.11.2022 Document

    The role and involvement of Social Partners in the European Semester and EU economic governance

    The role and involvement of Social Partners in the European Semester and EU economic governance ETUC document discussed at the Executive Committee Meeting of 27-28 October 2022 The ETUC encourages the European Commission to set up a more structured and binding framework for social partners involvement in the EU Semester having respect of national practices but mandating the national governments to consult social partners according to quality criteria, and report on the effectiveness of their involvement and its results.
  • 18.11.2022 Document

    EN-Adopted resolution-ETUC Proposal for a SURE 2.0

    ETUC Proposal for a SURE 2.0 ETUC Resolution adopted at the Executive Committee Meeting of 27-28 October 2022 IN A NUTSHELLThe ETUC proposes to refinance and scale up the current SURE instrument in the following manner:
  • 07.11.2022 Document

    Luca Visentini speech to EU Macroeconomic dialogue

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    The European economy is growing, but this is mainly due to the economic recovery following the pandemic and boosted by the massive public and private investment coming from NextGenerationEU. The effects of the war in Ukraine on employment have not yet hit, since companies are still trying to cope with the energy crisis and inflation by reducing working hours instead of cutting jobs. But in the medium term we can realistically expect that many companies will significantly reduce their operations or even close down completely, negatively impacting on employment.
  • 07.11.2022 Document

    Proposal for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (CSDD) - Updated Roadmap to mobilise ahead of the EU trialogue

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    Proposal for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (CSDD) - Updated Roadmap to mobilise ahead of the EU trialogue Discussed at the Executive Committee meeting of 27-28 October 2022 Summary of key messages Based on the ETUC key demands as adopted by the Executive Committee in December 2019 in the ETUC Position calling for a European Directive on mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence and responsible business conduct[1], the ETUC position ‘Towards an EU law on mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence: indicative roadmap for ETUC actions in 2021-2022’ (December 2021)[2] as well as the ETUC Position ‘ETUC initial analysis of the Commission’s proposal for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence and updated roadmap for ETUC actions in 2022-2023” (March 2022)[3], the ETUC Executive Committee is asked to discuss and take note of this (updated) position paper which provides in particular a summary of the main amendments the ETUC intends to put forward to the European Parliament and Member States and other stakeholders as well as an overview and update of the actions undertaken March 2022 and some suggestions for further actions in view of the EU trialogue which is likely to start in Q2 in 2023 at the earliest.
  • 25.10.2022 Document

    Joint letter for an effective Directive on improving conditions in platform work

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    This letter is a joint plea of trade unions, cooperative enterprises, and non-governmental organisations to the European institutions for an effective Directive on improving working conditions in platform work. We do not oppose digitalisation but believe that it should always provide social improvements, respect working conditions, and be developed in cooperation with workers and trade unions.
  • 17.10.2022 Document

    #FiscalMatters - Joint open letter to EU leaders calling for addressing the underlying structural problems of our economic system

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    Dear EU leaders, The soaring cost of food and energy is plunging families across Europe into a cost-of-living crisis triggered by Covid-19-induced supply chain disruptions and worsened by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The European Commission has proposed solutions, such as caps on profits from energy production. These short-term solutions are needed but must be complemented with a longer-term approach.
  • 17.10.2022 Document

    ETUC Youth Statement on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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    We are entering the last quarter of the European Year of Youth, a year that was dedicated to young people after they were recognised as one of the worst  affected groups by the pandemic and after the research showed that poverty and inequality are one of the biggest concerns of  young people, preceded only by jobs and employment.
  • 14.10.2022 Document

    2023: European year of skills… for quality or precarious jobs?

    After the year of rail in 2021 and the year of youth in 2022, the European Commission decided to put the focus on skills for 2023. The challenge of skills is of course of paramount importance for the trade union movement, but we expect results and concrete policies, not declarations of good intentions. Rail workers have seen little to no improvements to their difficult working conditions and young workers are the most affected by consecutive crisis.
  • 05.09.2022 Document

    EU-Ukraine Association council - ETUC Statement

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    Last June, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and its members warmly welcomed the decision to grant Ukraine EU candidate status. That is a long-time aspiration of Ukrainian workers who are sacrificing their lives, health and wellbeing in the fight for democracy and sovereignty against Russian aggression. Ukrainian trade unions are actively helping to deal with the humanitarian crisis provoked by it, while European and international trade union movement has mobilsed funds and solidarity aid for workers in Ukraine, but also to millions of refugees fleeing in EU countries.