25.01.2022 Press release

Uber & Deliveroo fail EU tests on self-employment

Delivery rider
Europe’s biggest platform companies will fail the majority of the five tests laid down by the EU to determine whether their staff are genuinely self-employed, an analysis by the ETUC has found. The platform work directive published by the European Commission in December includes a list of criteria which will be used to determine if an employment relationship exists between workers and a company. If a company meets at least two of the five criteria, they will be considered an employer.
24.01.2022 Press release

Passing away of Carlo Parietti

Following the recent passing of Carlo Parietti, a former President of Eurocadres and a CGIL trade union leader, Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), has sent a message of condolences to Maurizio Landini, CGIL General Secretary: Dear Maurizio, Personally, and also on behalf of the ETUC, please accept my deepest condolences  for the sad death of Carlo Parietti.
17.01.2022 Press release

67% of workers excluded from EU equal pay policy

Equal Pay
Two thirds of European workers would be excluded from pay transparency measures under the proposals made by the European Commission, its own data reveals. Binding pay transparency measures were one of the flagship policy promises of the von der Leyen Commission and, after a 460-day delay, it finally published a draft gender pay transparency directive last spring. But the impact of the directive risks falling far short of its promise because of the Commission’s decision to limit gender pay reporting to organisations with over 250 staff.
11.01.2022 Press release

ETUC Condolences for the loss of David Sassoli

David Sassoli - Source: Flickr/Committee of the regions
We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament. David Sassoli was a true defender of European values and democracy, and fought for a fairer and more united Europe. He was a kind and caring man, an outstanding progressive leader, a supporter of Social Europe and a friend of workers and trade unions. He will be missed very much. The deepest condolences of the European Trade Union Confederation to his family and loved ones.
  • 22.12.2021 Press release

    New EU resources vital for recovery and just transition

    The European Commission has today proposed measures on raising new own resources and fair corporate taxation. Responding to the proposals, ETUC Confederal Secretary Liina Carr said: “The recovery fund is one of the EU’s biggest success stories in recent decades, moving Europe away from growth-killing austerity towards the public investment needed for a strong and fair recovery that creates high quality jobs. New own resources are vital to allow Europe to maintain this investment.  
  • 21.12.2021 Press release

    Workers €649 poorer this Christmas as pay lags behind productivity

    Workers could have covered the cost of Christmas with a little left over for the new year if wages had kept pace with productivity growth over the last two years, research for the ETUC has found. European workers would have collectively received 116 billion Euro more since 2019 if productivity increases had been translated into commensurately higher wages as is meant to be the case. That works out at an average of €649.30 extra for every worker, which is more than the average amount Europeans spend on gifts, food, socialising and travel at Christmas (419.48 Euro).
  • 20.12.2021 Press release

    EU governments must back social security coordination reform

    Trade unions are calling on EU governments to support long overdue improvements to social security coordination needed to protect the rights of some of Europe’s most vulnerable workers. After 17 rounds of negotiations between the European Parliament and the European Council, an agreement on a revision of the EU regulation on the coordination of social security systems was finally found last Thursday. The agreement would ensure improvements on the following issues:
  • 14.12.2021 Press release

    Just transition: Urgent to turn good recommendations into binding measures

    Just transition
    Context – The European Commission today published its proposal for a Council Recommendation aiming at ensuring that the Union’s transition towards a climate-neutral and environmentally sustainable economy by 2050 is fair and leaves nobody behind, in line with the European pillar of Social Rights. The proposal invites Member States to adopt and implement comprehensive and coherent policy packages to address the employment and social aspects to promote a fair transition.
  • 13.12.2021 Press release

    National UPdates n°22 - December 2021

    Dear readers, Against the backdrop of post-Covid shortages of both skilled and unskilled workers around Europe – from Croatia to Sweden - trade unions and employers in many countries are taking steps to equip workers for digital and environmentally sustainable workplaces. In this edition of National Updates we look at some of these initiatives, as well as steps to ease labour market access for older and younger workers. National UPdates is sent to your mailbox quarterly. We hope you like it   
  • 10.12.2021 Press release

    Social Economy Action Plan modest but useful

    The European Commission’s Action Plan to boost the social economy to be an useful initiative for a under-appreciated and often-neglected sector says the ETUC. Liina Carr, ETUC Confederal Secretary said “The social economy accounts for 10% of the EU’s GDP and includes many cooperatives, mutuals, associations, foundations, not for profit organisations as well as enterprises.
  • 09.12.2021 Press release

    ETUC on competition law and collective agreements for self-employed

    Commenting on the European Commission consultation on draft guidelines on EU competition law and collective agreements of solo self-employed people, Isabelle Schömann, ETUC Confederal Secretary said  “Collective agreements should be fully excluded from antitrust control, regardless of whether they protect employees, self-employed or other non-standard workers, including workers on digital labour platforms.
  • 09.12.2021 Press release

    EU ends free ride for platforms

    Delivery rider
    Responding to the European Commission’s proposal for a directive on working conditions in platform work, ETUC Confederal Secretary Ludovic Voet said: “For too long platform companies have made huge profits by dodging their most basic obligations as employers at the expense of workers, responsible employers and underfunded public services. The free ride for Uber, Deliveroo and Amazon and their cronies is finally coming to an end.
  • 07.12.2021 Press release

    Platform directive delivers workers their rights

    Platform protest
    Delivery riders, taxi drivers and online workers are among millions of workers who could benefit from secure contracts, minimum wages and paid holiday under Commission proposals to end fake self-employment. Until now, platform companies have exploited legal loopholes to maximise their profits by categorising all workers as self-employed. Individual workers and their unions have had to take companies to court to prove their status as employees but platforms continued to deny basic legal rights.
  • 03.12.2021 Press release

    Pay inequality up in majority of EU countries

    The gap in earnings between the richest and poorest Europeans grew in a majority of EU countries over the last decade, according to a new report which underlines the need for EU action to end poverty pay. The ‘unequal Europe’ report released today by the ETUC and its ETUI research institute shows wage inequality increased in 14 member states between 2010 and 2019, most notably in Hungary, Spain and Belgium.
  • 25.11.2021 Press release

    Democracy & elections package: small significant steps to strengthen democracy

    ETUC's Liina Carr on democracy and elections package
    Commenting on today’s Commission proposals for new EU laws on electoral integrity and democratic participation, Liina Carr, ETUC Confederal Secretary said “Democracy is coming under increasing threat in Europe . Today’s European Commission proposals on political advertising, electoral rights and party funding represent small but significant steps towards strengthening our democracy.  
  • 25.11.2021 Press release

    EU needs to fix its violence and harassment problem

    This is a Violence and Harassment Free Zone
    EU institutions are significantly delaying important measures to tackle gender-based violence despite a rise in the number of attacks, trade unions are warning on the international day for the elimination of violence against women.
  • 24.11.2021 Press release

    Semester: Looking 'beyond GDP' keeps recovery on track

    Liina Carr
    Responding to the publication of the European Commission’s European Semester Autumn Package, ETUC Confederal Secretary Liina Carr said: “The GDP of a country is a poor indicator of wellbeing because wealth so often doesn’t trickle down. The ‘beyond GDP’ agenda announced by Commissioner Gentiloni today is an important step towards an economy that puts people before profit.