16.10.2020 Document

Petition "More Democracy at Work is a must!"

Petition More Democracy at Work is a must! European workers are now facing the massive social and economic consequences brought by the pandemic. An inclusive recovery and just transitions can only be achieved together in democratic manner, including the guarantee that all workers have a say and are effectively involved in the day-to-day life of their workplace.
14.10.2020 Document

Letter to Employment Ministers on Recovery Plan

Dear Ministers, As the European Union shows readiness to implement an ambitious Recovery Plan, Europe must emerge from the COVID-19 outbreak avoiding massive unemployment, a recession and a rise in inequality and social exclusion, and build a socially fair and inclusive recovery.
  • 29.09.2020 Document

    Launch of the EU-OSHA campaign "Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load 2020-22" - ETUC Declaration

    Safety and health at work – and prevention of MSDs - more important than ever in times of Covid-19 The health and safety of workers and the protection of jobs and rights have been the priority of the European trade union movement throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. When the restrictions relaxed to achieve a gradual return to economic activity, the ETUC demanded guarantees that the health and safety of workers is fully protected. 
  • 10.09.2020 Document

    Renewal of the European Partnership on Integration

    Renewal of Partnership for Integration
    On 7 September 2020, the European Social and Economic partners (ETUC, BusinessEurope, CEEP, SMEunited and EuroChambres)  and the European Commission - represented by Commissioners Johansson and Schmit - renewed their commitment to the European Partnership for Integration Offering opportunities for Refugees to integrate the European Labour Market with a
  • 08.09.2020 Document

    ETUC Comments on the Commission Guidelines on Seasonal Workers

    The COVID-19 outbreak has exposed and exacerbated the deplorable working and living conditions of hundreds of thousands of seasonal workers in the EU, the vast majority of whom are cross-border and migrant workers. The pandemic is a wake-up call to recognise the pressing need to improve the conditions of vulnerable yet essential workers in sectors such as agri-food. The lessons learnt should pave the way for actions to address the shortcomings of the current legal framework in times of crises as well as in everyday working life of seasonal workers.
  • 17.08.2020 Document

    Unions call for EU sanctions against Belarus

    Letter sent to the Presidents of the European Commission, European Council and European Parliament - Presidents von der Leyen, Michel and Sassoli.   Dear President
  • 12.08.2020 Document

    Situation in Belarus: joint ETUC/PERC statement

    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the Pan-European Regional Council (PERC) are following closely and with great concern the current situation in Belarus, after recent presidential elections. The ETUC and PERC demand the immediate release of trade unionists detained for having taken part in peaceful protests against falsified elections, notably Nikolai Zimin, former chairman of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union and Maxim Sereda, chairman of the UMTO the Independent Trade Union of Miners. The ETUC and PERC denounce:
  • 31.07.2020 Document

    The ETUC congratulates ÖGB for reaching a new tripartite agreement on short-time work

    The ETUC congratulates its Austrian affiliate ÖGB for reaching a new tripartite agreement on short-time work. Thanks to the strength of Austria’s trade unions, it was one of the first countries in Europe to secure workers’ incomes during the crisis and it is now leading the way in extending support. This comes at a time where around 340.000 applications for short-time work have been filed in the country.
  • 30.07.2020 Document

    Adopted at the Executive Committee meeting of 2-3 July 2020: Social Europe should be at the centre of the Conference on the Future of Europe

    Brussels, 30 July 2020 To the Executive Committee Dear all,  Please find below the final version of the statement on the Conference on the Future of Europe after the discussion and amendments of July Executive Committee meeting. The statement has already been sent to the European Parliament, Commission and Council to influence the negotiations for a joint declaration of the 3 institutions to launch the Conference on the Future of Europe. 
  • 27.07.2020 Document

    Statement on EU-UK negotiations

    Adopted at the Executive Committee Meeting of 2-3 July 2020 Negotiations on the future relationship between the EU and UK resumed on 29 June after the UK declared its intention not to extend the transition period. Both the EU and the UK are entering a global recession due to the COVID-19 pandemic, potentially leaving millions of people in long-term unemployment. This will be exacerbated if there is no deal. If the negotiations fail and a deal is not reached and ratified before the end of 2020, the UK will be trading with the EU under WTO rules.
  • 22.07.2020 Document

    Letter to European Parliament on EU Recovery Plan

    Letters sent to President Sassoli and Leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament   The European Trade Union Confederation welcomes the adoption by the Council of the €750bn EU Recovery Plan, which we believe is particularly good news for the 60 million people in the EU who depend on the recovery funds for their jobs. It represents a very welcome change from the disastrous austerity-led response to the last crisis, from which Europe had not yet fully recovered when COVID-19 struck.
  • 22.07.2020 Document

    ETUC Statement on the much-awaited Pact on Asylum and Migration

    15 July 2020   The upcoming EU Pact on Asylum and Migration must present a turning point in European migration and asylum policies. The Pact should be ambitious and build on the lessons learned from the unprecedented crisis we are facing, while bringing forward a long-term strategy. We demand, in particular, that EU Member States urgently find a common agreement on asylum rules based on the principles of International asylum and sea rescue law, human rights, solidarity and shared responsibility.
  • 22.07.2020 Document

    ETUC note on violations of OSH regulations in returning to the workplace

    This is a living document: the page will be constantly updated The Covid-19 pandemic is the biggest health, economic and social challenge in the history of the European Union. Numerous European and national measures have been implemented to fight the spread of the Covid-19 virus, also including those appertaining to workplaces and commuting to work.
  • 13.07.2020 Document

    Resolution on the European strategies on artificial intelligence and data

    July, 13th 2020 Adopted at the ETUC Executive Committee of 2 July 2020 Key messages: Robust European Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Strategies should: • provide a legal and empowering European framework based on human rights, and therefore including labour and trade union rights and ethical rules.