17.12.2021 Document

Letter to Commission on TRIPS waiver for COVID vaccines

Dear Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis, Dear Valdis, It has been nearly two years since the outbreak of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Workers have stepped up, putting themselves at risk to safeguard people’s lives, livelihoods, and the global economy, and driven outstanding advances in science and medicine with the rapid development of Covid-19 tests, treatments, drugs, medical devices, personal protective equipment and, most importantly, vaccines.
  • 15.09.2021 Document

    ETUC statement on Afghanistan

    ETUC statement on Afghanistan Adopted by the ETUC Executive Committee on 9 September 2021 The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is alarmed with the situation in Afghanistan and concerned about the security of the Afghan people, both those that remain in the country and those seeking protection. The fall of the Afghan government has demonstrated the failure of the NATO and has shown the need for a relaunch of global multilateralism, based on democracy and peace, solidarity and respect for human rights.
  • 27.08.2021 Document

    Solidarity with Turkish unions on public service pay

    Turkish public sector workers demand better pay
    The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) have followed closely the collective bargaining rounds in the Turkish public sector, informed throughout by our affiliates.
  • 18.08.2021 Document

    ETUC Letter to EU Institutions' Presidents on Afghanistan

    The ETUC sent a letter to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, Charles Michel, President of the European Council to raise the need for the EU institutions to take immediate action and ensure that all EU Member States work together for the safe passage out of Afghanistan and asylum for anyone in danger. The EU and Member States must do all that they can to protect all trade union, human and women's rights activists, journalists and those who have campaigned for freedom, democracy and equality.
  • 20.07.2021 Document

    ETUC condolences and solidarity with flood victims

    The ETUC offers sincere condolences to all the people, families and communities hit by the flooding in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. Today, on the Belgian national day of mourning for the victims of the floods, the ETUC expresses its horror at the scale of devastation, solidarity with all the victims and their loved ones, and thanks emergency service workers and all workers and volunteers involved in helping to deal with the impacts of the floods. 
  • 25.06.2021 Document

    Statement by the ETUC Women’s Committee on the ratification of ILO C190

    Statement by the ETUC Women’s Committee on the ratification of ILO C190 Adopted by the ETUC Women’s Committee on 24 June 2021 Every worker, no matter who they are or what work they do, deserves the protection of ILO Convention 190 concerning violence and harassment in the world of work.
  • 14.06.2021 Document

    ETUC resolution on the European Trade Union Democracy Action Plan (adopted)

    ETUC resolution on the European Trade Union Democracy Action Plan Adopted at the virtual Executive Committee Meeting of 3-4 June 2021                                           Background Trade unionism and democracy are inextricably linked. Trade unions have a long and proud history of fighting for voting rights, for democracy and against dictatorship.
  • 14.06.2021 Document

    “EU governments, respect the promises made to workers!”

    European Trade Union Confederation and Social Platform statement on the Directive on Adequate Minimum Wages in the EU During the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) meeting on 14 June, EU Ministers will discuss the European Commission’s Directive on Adequate Minimum Wages in the EU. We hereby urge EU Ministers to demonstrate their full political support for the proposed Directive.
  • 01.06.2021 Document

    EU must not give multinationals choice where to pay tax option

    ETUC calls for tax justice
    The ETUC salutes the enormous efforts that have been made by citizens and organisations to ensure that multi-national companies are required by the European Union to report country by country on their economic activities. This is vital to ensure that multinationals pay their fair share of tax in the countries where their profits are generated, and do not engage in clever accounting to end up declaring only where taxes are very low.   Today the European Union is in final secret negotiations to agree a deal on public country by country reports (pCBCR).
  • 06.05.2021 Document

    Trade Unions welcome update of industrial strategy but call for more concrete actions for workers

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    The European Commission published today an update of its New Industrial Strategy that was adopted in March 2020. The aim of this update is to better identify the challenges and lessons coming from the COVID19 crisis, to further accelerate the green and digital transition, to strengthen the resilience of EU’s single market and to improve the strategic autonomy of the European Union.
  • 25.03.2021 Document


    Statement of the ETUC Collective Bargaining and Wage Coordination Committee Last week, the EU Council's legal service finally delivered its opinion on the Directive on adequate minimum wages in the EU. The opinion confirms what trade unions have been saying all along: a Directive is possible and the proposed Directive is drafted on the correct legal base, i.e the protection of working conditions (Article 153(1)(b) TFEU in conjunction with Article 153(2) TFEU).
  • 23.03.2021 Document

    ETUC statement on Russia

    Adopted by the Executive Committee at the meeting of 22-23 March 2021 The ETUC is seriously concerned about the Russian government’s lack of respect of fundamental freedoms, following the harsh repression of public protests.
  • 23.03.2021 Document

    ETUC statement in response to Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

    Adopted at the Executive Committee 22-23 March 2021 The European Trade Union Confederation condemns the decision of the President of Turkey to pull his country out of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) and considers it a devastating signal to women and girls in Turkey and across the world.
  • 22.03.2021 Document

    ETUC Statement on Amazon Strike

    Amazon strike
    ETUC Statement on Amazon Strike Statement approved at the Executive Committee 22-23 March 2021 This is a momentous time for industrial relations for Amazon, in Italy, in Europe and globally. It is the first time that a general strike of the Amazon’s supply chain direct employees and supply chain employees, workers, temporary workers and delivery workers takes place. Workers start to union organise and fight back against
  • 23.02.2021 Document

    Joint statement - Over half a million people across the globe tell the EU to hold business accountable

    Over half a million people around the globe have demanded a strong EU law to hold corporations accountable for their impact on human rights, including trade union and workers’ rights, and the environment. These demands were made as part of the public consultation launched by the European Commission to get the input of citizens and organisations on the new EU legislation on corporate accountability that is due to be published in June 2021.