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.
  • 24.11.2021 Press release

    MEPs must pay back Covid heroes in minimum wage vote

    Essential workers
    It’s time to pay back the sacrifices made by essential workers during the pandemic, trade unions have told members of the European Parliament ahead of the vote tomorrow on the minimum wage directive. 
  • 23.11.2021 Press release

    EP ramps up pressure for more Democracy at Work

    More democracy at Work
    MEP Gaby Bischoff's own-initiative report on "Democracy at Work” – adopted by an overwhelming majority in the by the Parliament’s Employment Committee today – calls for modernisation of EU legislation on workers involvement in decisions at work. The report includes calls for  
  • 18.11.2021 Press release

    EU competition reform needed to stop increasing inequality

    EU competition policy
    Responding to the review of competition policy launched today by the European Commission, ETUC Confederal Secretary Isabelle Schömann said:   “A reform of the EU’s competition policy is badly needed. The current rules and approach to competition enforcement are increasing inequality by helping to further concentrate economic power into the hands of a few major companies while undermining collective bargaining and workplace democracy.
  • 09.11.2021 Press release

    No equal pay without increases in minimum wages

    With women earning 14.1% less than men, ETUC is warning that equal pay cannot be achieved unless minimum wages are increased, and the value of work carried out by women is reassessed.   The warning comes for the EU’s Equal Pay Day on 10 November, just a day before the European Parliament’s Employment Committee votes on proposals to strengthen the proposed EU directive on Adequate Minimum Wages, and as the proposed EU directive on gender pay transparency is undergoing scrutiny by European Parliament committees.     
  • 08.11.2021 Press release

    Rent costs over 40% of minimum wage in 11 countries

    Minimum wage workers in 11 EU member states spend at least 40% of their income on rent, new research shows ahead of a European Parliament vote on the issue. People working full time are left with less than half of their wages to pay for food, heating and transport after rent in five countries. In a further six, rent accounts for between 41% and 48% of pay.
  • 29.10.2021 Press release

    Solidarity with Slovakian public sector workers

    The ETUC expresses its solidarity with public sector workers in Slovakia and their union KOZ SR campaigning for a fair pay rise. Hundreds of workers demonstrated outside the government’s headquarters on Wednesday as the second round of collective bargaining negotiations took place – not only to support their negotiators but protest against the dramatic reduction in living standards of other workers and citizens, particularly pensioners, amid increases in the price of food, electricity and housing due to inflation.
  • 29.10.2021 Press release

    Low pay causing exodus of care workers

    Care worker
    The ETUC is calling for investment and fair wages in the care sector after a new report revealed the sector has been hit by an exodus of workers since the pandemic. Between 2019 and 2021 over 400,000 care workers left the sector, according to European Public Service Union EPSU. On today’s Global Day of Action for Care, ETUC calls on the EU to: Insist on investment in care - through the ‘EU Care Strategy’ promised by President von der Leyen, and
  • 23.10.2021 Speech

    Luca Visentini speech to Conference on Future of Europe

    ETUC's Luca Visentini adresses Conference on Future of Europe
    Dear colleagues, My name is Luca Visentini and I speak here on behalf of trade unions from all over Europe. The citizens’ panel have discussed and pushed forward an impressive and very ambitious set of proposals and demands, which together with the inputs posted in the online platform will enable us to make the future of Europe better and more inclusive. I would like to mention just two of these ideas.
  • 22.10.2021 Press release

    EUCO: Wages missing from energy price debate

    Heating bills
    Commenting on the conclusions of the European Council, ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini said: “One of the key reasons families have been hit so hard by energy price rises is low wages, but that seems to be totally missing from the European Council debate. Even before this crisis, 9.5 million working people across Europe had difficulties paying their heating bills.
  • 20.10.2021 Speech

    VTC Tripartite Social Summit for Growth and Employment - Opening speech of Luca Visentini, ETUC General Secretary and speeches from trade union leaders attending the Summit

      VTC Tripartite Social Summit for Growth and Employment - Transforming Europe's recovery into long-term sustainable growth supporting more and better jobs   Opening speech of Luca Visentini, ETUC General Secretary (20 October 2021)  [To be checked against delivery] Presidents von der Leyen, Michel, Janša, Vice President, Commissioner, Ministers, Colleagues from the Social Partners,
  • 19.10.2021 Press release

    ETUC on Commission Work Programme 2022

      EUROPEAN COMMISSION WORK PROGRAMME 2022 Potentially positive initiatives include   Missing include Seriously bad gimmick includes Protection of Workers from risks of exposure to asbestos at work European Green Deal (on zero pollution, right to repair and plastics) Media Freedom Act Care Strategy Recommendation on Minimum Income  
  • 19.10.2021 Press release

    EU economic review: no return to austerity rules

    A worker holds a placard protesting against austerity
    Responding to the relaunch of the review of EU economic governance, ETUC Confederal Secretary Liina Carr said: “The EU’s fiscal rules failed in the past, have been abandoned in the present and are unfit for the future. This review is an important step towards a Europe that puts the people and planet before arbitrary and self-defeating debt targets. 
  • 16.10.2021 Speech

    Discorso di Luca Visentini alla manifestazione #Maipiufascismi

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    Roma, 16 ottobre 2021 È un grandissimo onore per me, un italiano alla guida del sindacato europeo, esprimere a questa piazza straordinaria il sostegno di tutte le lavoratrici e i lavoratori d’Europa. Oggi e durante questi ultimi giorni, tante manifestazioni di solidarietà si stanno svolgendo e si sono svolte in molte capitali europee. Il movimento sindacale d’Europa è unito contro il vile attacco fascista che ha colpito la CGIL e tutto il sindacato italiano.
  • 10.10.2021 Press release

    Attacks to CGIL headquarters in Rome - Message sent by ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini to CGIL General Secretary Maurizio Landini

    Dear Maurizio, I would like to express to you the most sincere solidarity and full support of the European Trade Union Confederation for the shameful attack by right-wing extremists and No-Vax on the headquarters of the national CGIL yesterday. As you rightly reminded us, trade unions, in Italy, in Europe and in the world, have always been the defenders of democracy, and it is no coincidence that the fascist and violent instrumentalisation of the anti-vaccine protests is directed against the trade union movement and CGIL in particular.