• 20.05.2020 Document

    ETUC note on Posted Workers and the COVID-19 Outbreak

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    Measures fall short of protecting posted workers in the outbreak of COVID-19 Posted workers in the EU face particular challenges in view of the COVID-19 outbreak and the measures imposed, not only in terms of border restrictions on the free movement of workers and services, but also in terms of emergency measures introduced to mitigate and protect workers and businesses from negative consequences of the crisis. Posted workers are at particular risk of being left behind.
  • 17.05.2020 Document

    ETUC statement on International Day Against Homophobia

    LGBT workers still suffer from discrimination in the world of work and in the society due to their sexual orientation. In times of Covid, as in other crises, these rights are even more under threat, due to lack of legislative protection and underrepresentation in workplaces and society in general.
  • 05.05.2020 Document

    COVID19: the impact of health care cuts

    Economic and social policies to date have focused excessively on fiscal discipline rather than on public investment in health and care, this crisis clearly showing that this was to the detriment of the people in general.  This fiscal discipline focused on austerity, cuts and privatisation; as a result, aging was seen as a cost on the country’s budget and financing of the health sector dwindled. ETUC has been denouncing the weakness of the health care systems in Europe for many years. 
  • 30.04.2020 Document

    Women’s human reproductive rights and lives at risk: the ETUC Women’s Committee calls for the rejection of the proposed bill currently being discussed in Poland

    The ETUC Women’s Committee stands beside women from across Europe who are fighting to fulfil their rights to safe, legal and fully comprehensive reproductive healthcare. The ETUC Women’s Committee particularly supports Polish women who are protesting against a bill, submitted through the citizens’ initiative which aims to introduce a full ban on abortion. The bill is currently being discussed in the Polish Parliament.
  • 30.04.2020 Document

    ETUC Youth Committee Statement #1MAY * Labour Day 2020 *

    What are the trade unions are fighting for?
    Trade Unions are always here continuing to fight for… This year we celebrate a Labour Day out of the norm. Generally, thousands of workers would have taken to the streets to celebrate this day, but, this year, this will not be possible due to the current COVID-19 crisis.
  • 29.04.2020 Document

    Youth Guarantee: The momentum for quality jobs is now!

    28/04/2020 : Letter to the European Commission on the Youth Guarantee  Dear President von der Leyen, Dear Commissioner Schmit, In recent weeks every aspect of our life as we know it has been turned around. The European Union is once again under scrutiny and we are under strong pressure to demonstrate to the citizens that it can offer strategies on how to overcome the consequences of the pandemic.
  • 24.04.2020 Document

    ETUC calls for EU and national funding for companies during and after COVID-19 to depend on respect of tax obligations and workers’ rights

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    The ETUC to make access of companies to EU and national public funding during and after the COVID-19 outbreak conditional to the respect of tax obligations and workers’ rights Member States are providing direct public support to companies facing the COVID-19 outbreak. The European Union has pledged many different financial instruments to assist the Member States in their action to support economic activities of companies and provide income replacement to workers.
  • 16.04.2020 Document

    Overlooked: migrant workers in the COVID-19 crisis

    Migrant workers in Europe are on the frontline of the response to the COVID-19 crisis. Now more than ever, the crucial contribution of migrant workers to support European economies, public services and fill labour shortages is crystal clear. These workers are to be found in those sectors most hit by the crisis agriculture, domestic and care work, public healthcare at all levels, food industry, construction, tourism, transport) putting their lives at risk for the sake of all of us. Their work is essential; however, they are the forgotten ones.
  • 15.04.2020 Document

    ETUC position on International corporate taxation - A European view (adopted)

    Brussels, 15 April 2020 To Executive Committee To Economic Committee For information to ETUC Member Organisations Dear Colleagues, Please see attached the ETUC position on International corporate taxation - A European view adopted at the last Executive Committee meeting on 09-10 March. With best regards, Liina Carr Confederal Secretary
  • 06.04.2020 Document

    ETUC statement ahead of Eurogroup and Council decisions on crisis response

    Less than one month after the start of lockdowns in many EU countries due to COVID-19 outbreak, the number of additional unemployed workers has crossed 4 million, with hundreds of thousands of companies closed and many unlikely to survive the emergency. At the same time, measures to support companies facing difficulties and to provide workers suspended from work with short-time work arrangements and income compensation have been put in place in most Member States, making it possible to save millions of jobs.
  • 03.04.2020 Document

    ETUC comments on the European Commission ‘Guidelines on Free Movement of Workers during the COVID-19 Outbreak’

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    On 30 March 2020 the European Commission published Guidelines on the exercise of the free movement of workers in view of the COVID-19 outbreak and the border restrictions that have been put in place by Member States. The aim of these Guidelines is to ensure that mobile workers, such as frontier, posted and seasonal workers within the EU, will be able to reach their workplace also in cross-border situations between Member States, in particular workers in critical occupations.
  • 30.03.2020 Document

    Letter sent to EU Institutions on Emergency measures to save jobs and protect workers’ rights in the European Union

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    Letter sent to: Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission; Charles Michel, President of the European Council; Prime Ministers/Head of State; David Sassoli, President European Parliament;  Andrej Plenković, President of the Government of the Republic of Croatia; Mario Centeno, President of the Eurogroup; Christine Lagarde, President European Central Bank Concerns: Emergency measures to save jobs and protect workers’ rights in the European Union Dear Presidents, Dear Prime Ministers, Dear Head of State,
  • 27.03.2020 Document

    Letter to Croatian Government on suspension of labour & social rights

    Dear Prime Minister, Dear Minister, The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has been informed by its Croatian affiliates, SSSH and NHS, that the Croatian Ministry of Labour and Pension System is drafting an Act on regulating labour relations in the circumstances of the COVID-19 epidemic and by which bring some important changes to fundamental social rights as they are currently enshrined in the Croatian Labour Code. The law would amongst others “temporarily”:
  • 26.03.2020 Document

    ETUC Statement on the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy

    Respect for human rights and fundamental values should be guiding the Union in all its internal as well as external actions. In everyday life as well as in times of crises, the universality and indivisibility of human rights must be upheld to ensure human dignity at both global and local level.
  • 25.03.2020 Document

    ETUC letter to Presidents Michel, von der Leyen and Centeno

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    Dear Presidents, The COVID-19 emergency is hitting working people in Europe hard. Those who work in activities of general interest, such as health care, transportation, agriculture, food production, and many other services are exposed to contagion and are poorly protected. In many cases their working conditions have been worsened.