12.02.2020 Document

Dismissal protection: CGIL victory with ETUC

On Tuesday 11 February, the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR), the main monitoring body of the Council of Europe European Social Charter, decided - on a complaint submitted by Italian union CGIL against the Italian government (No. 158/2017) - that the right to protection in cases of termination of employment was violated by Italian law.
07.10.2019 Document

15 ETUC priorities for the new mandate of the EU institutions

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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.
18.03.2019 Document

European Parliament elections 2019 - Statement of the European Social Partners

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The European Union has given long-lasting peace across our continent and has brought European people together around the fundamental values of democracy, human rights, freedom and equality. Democracy needs to be lived in order to remain alive. We therefore urge citizens across Europe to go out and vote in the European elections from 23-26 May 2019 in order to have a say on the future and to defend democracy, sustainable economic growth and social justice.
  • 07.12.2018 Document

    EU Employment Ministers want social protection for all workers including self-employed

    Lina
    EU Employment Ministers meeting in the Employment Council yesterday agreed to recommend that all member states should guarantee adequate and effective social protection - such as sickness, unemployment, maternity and paternity benefits and pensions - to all working people including the self-employed. Unfortunately the Ministers did NOT agree to recommend that mandatory social protection should include the self-employed – who now make up more than 15% of the Europe’s workforce - somewhat undermining the principle of equal social protection for all.
  • 06.12.2018 Document

    European Labour Authority one step closer

    Liina
    EU Employment Ministers today agreed a ‘general approach’ on the Regulation establishing a European Labour Authority (ELA). This now means the final regulation to set up the Authority will be negotiated in trialogue discussions between national government officials, MEPs and the European Commission.
  • 05.12.2018 Document

    Trade unions ‘just transition’ demands take root in UN climate action

    Montserrat at Cop 24
    Trade unions this week succeeded in getting Just Transition accepted as an integral part of the UN framework of climate action. At the opening of COP24 in Katowice the Polish Presidency presented its ‘Solidarity and Just Transition Silesia Declaration’ with the full support of the European Union. The declaration
  • 10.08.2018 Document

    ETUC letter: Lithuania needs a significant increase of the minimum monthly wage

    Letter sent to Saulius Skvernelis, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania  Subject: Lithuania needs a significant increase of the minimum monthly wage The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) supports the position of the Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation (LTUC/LPSK), which is its affiliate, and favours its aim to raise the minimum monthly wage in Lithuania by 50 instead of 20 euros.
  • 06.07.2018 Document

    The ETUC supports Swiss unions in their defence of accompanying measures

    Luca Visentini
    Letter sent to Ms Federica Mogherini,  High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and to Ms Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility   Dear High Representative Mogherini, dear Commissioner Thyssen,
  • 19.06.2018 Document

    EPSCO Council Ministers: Make the European Pillar of Social Rights real – Adopt a meaningful general approach for the Work-Life Balance and Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Directives

    To the EPSCO Council Ministers Make the European Pillar of Social Rights real – Adopt a meaningful general approach for the Work-Life Balance and Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Directives Dear Minister, I am writing to you in view of the discussions taking place in EPSCO on 21st June, on the Commission’s proposals for two Directives aimed at achieving the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, recently proclaimed by all Member States.
  • 11.05.2018 Document

    Declaration of the International Trade Union Conference: "The Voice of Integration of the Western Balkans"

    ETUC team
    Declaration of the International Trade Union Conference “The Voice of Integration of the Western Balkans”, Sofia, 9 May 2018 As the EU-Western Balkans Summit is about to take place in Sofia on 17 May 2018, under the auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, at which the EU is expected to reaffirm its commitment to the integration of its partners in the Western Balkan countries and once again emphasise the region's place within the European family:
  • 12.04.2018 Document

    Declaration of Support to all Public Sector Workers and their Unions in Denmark

    Luca Visentini
    ETUC urges the Danish public employers to ensure unrestricted collective bargaining and withdraw threat of lockout.   Dear Colleagues, The ETUC supports your demands and struggle to win fair wage growth in the public sector, reflecting the wage development in the private sector.  We also support your call for a collective agreement to regulate the teachers working hours.
  • 09.04.2018 Document

    2019 ETUC Brian Bercusson Award on European labour law - Call for applications by 7 October 2018

    Brian Bercusson prize
    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has instituted an award to honour the outstanding and dynamic scientific work, of great value to the European trade union movement, of the late labour law Professor Brian Bercusson: the ETUC Brian Bercusson Award. Through this Award, the ETUC and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) support academic research that deepens understanding and promotes transnational workers’ rights in Europe.
  • 22.01.2018 Document

    Hands-on Training for experts in Standardisation

    Brussels, 22 January 2018 To the members of the permanent committee on Standardisation   Dear Friends and Colleagues, On Thursday 25th January, from 9h00 to 12h50, we give a hands-on training on standardisation for our new experts. You can remotely join in, learn and actively participate by clicking on the following link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/295928229 - But you do need a camera, micro and headphones to join our training.
  • 14.12.2017 Document

    Implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights - Letter sent to President Tusk

    Re: implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights Dear Donald, Dear Prime Ministers/Heads of States, I thank you, on behalf of the European Trade Union Confederation, for the commitment you are going to endorse in the European Council this week on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, proclaimed in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017.
  • 31.10.2017 Document

    ETUC Assessment on the Reflection Paper on the Future of EU Finances

    EU Reflection Paper on the Future of EU Finances
    ETUC Assessment on the Reflection Paper on the Future of EU Finances Adopted by the Executive Committee at its meeting on 25-26 October 2017     INTRODUCTION The Reflection Paper on the Future of EU Finances, published on 28 June 2017, is the last one out of the five that the European Commission announced when publishing its White Paper on the Future of Europe on 1st March 2017. The Reflection Paper presents five scenarios for the future of European finances.
  • 30.10.2017 Document

    8th European Union – Latin American Trade Union Meeting and Panama Declaration

    8vo Encuentro Sindical Union Europea, America Latina y Caribe
    Brussels, 30 October 2017.    8th European Union, Latin America and Caribbean Trade Inion Meeting and Panama Declaration The 8th EU-CELAC Trade Union Meeting, organised by the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and held in Panama, publishes its Panama Declaration here.  
  • 27.10.2017 Document

    A new start for social dialogue needs a change of pace in trade union involvement in economic governance

    The ETUC TU-I index below shows the involvement of trade unions at the milestones of the semester cycle at national level. It is still largely unsatisfactory. Despite the commitment of the Juncker Commission to a new start for social dialogue in recent years, governments have too often largely disregarded the involvement of trade unions in the design and implementation of their reform plans.
  • 30.06.2017 Document

    Madrid Declaration on 'The Rights of LGBTQI* People in the Workplace'

    The European Trade Union Confederation celebrated the 2017 World Pride at a trade union conference, hosted and co-organised by the Spanish trade unions CC.OO and UGT, on ‘The Rights of LGBTQI* People in the Workplace’, which took place on 29-30 June. The conference was an opportunity for the ETUC and its affiliated organisations, represented via the LGBTQI* rights trade union network, to strengthen their cooperation in the fight for human rights, trade union rights and equality for all workers.
  • 13.06.2017 Document

    ETUC Annual Gender Equality Survey 2017

    As part of the follow-up to the ETUC Congress engagements towards the promotion of women within its membership and decision-making structures, in 2017 the ETUC carried out the tenth edition of its Annual Gender Equality Survey (previously known as the 8th March survey). The aim of this survey is to monitor the proportion of women in the European trade union movement, including in decision-making positions and bodies. The objective is to assess progress in reducing the representation and decision-making gap between women and men in trade unions.