The plenary of the European Parliament decided today by a very narrow majority not to have a vote on the report on the coordination of social security systems and therefore not to adopt a first reading position before the end of the term.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) have expressed deep concern over a campaign of violence against the Greek national trade union GSEE, perpetrated by a minority Stalinist faction which is attempting to disrupt the GSEE’s work.
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The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) calls on the UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) – which marks its 100th anniversary in June – to redouble its efforts to ensure decent work in a global economy radically changed by free trade and deregulation, climate change and digitalisation.
With 16 million unemployed and 21.5 million in working poverty in the EU, the ETUC is working to persuade the ILO to adopt a bold and forward-looking Declaration at its centenary conference in June to deliver a decent future of work.
Tomorrow the European Commission launches a report by a High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI) giving recommendations to the EU on ethics for trustworthy AI.
Thiébaut Weber, Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, was the only trade union representative on the High-Level Group.
MEPs must vote for new rights for working parents and carers says the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).
Today, April 4, the European Parliament will vote on the final deal for the Directive on Work/Life Balance – already agreed in ‘trilogue’ negotiations and subsequently by Council.
The Directive will bring new rights in many European countries including
The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament will vote on Monday on the agreement reached between the European Council, Commission and Parliament on the Directive on cross-border conversions, mergers and divisions, part of the so-called Company Law Package. A Directive to regulate cross-border restructuring processes is important and the result of the negotiations contains some improvements.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has been following - with growing concern and frustration - discussions in South Korea about the ratification and full implementation of fundamental UN ILO Conventions, notably Convention 87 on Freedom of Association and Convention 98 on Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining, which the South Korean government committed to in the 2011 EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) supports the ‘European Week of Action’ for ‘Fair Transport for Europe’ by the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) – and European and national trade union leaders will join the Brussels demonstration on Wednesday March 27.
The wages of workers in 8 EU countries are lower on average - in ‘real terms’ (adjusted for inflation) – than ten years ago.
A new study by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) – to be published tomorrow – shows that average wages in UK, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Croatia and Cyprus were lower in 2018 than in 2009.
It also shows that real wages have stood still – with zero increase – in Belgium and Finland – over the same period.
The figures show that average wages, adjusted for inflation, went down 2009-19 by
Speech given by Luca Visentini at the Tripartite Social Summit on 20 March 2019 in Brussels
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Dear President Tusk, dear President Juncker, dear Prime Minister Dăncilă,
Dear Vice President, Commissioner, Ministers, authorities and colleagues,
This Tripartite Social Summit takes place two months before the European elections, and we all bear the responsibility to launch a positive message to European citizens, workers and businesses:
Eight European trade unions are supporting the global day of protest being staged by young people against climate change on Friday: ETUC, EFJ, EFBWW, EPSU, EFFAT, ETF, Uni-Europa and IndustriAll (representing workers in energy intensive industries).
The ETUC gives a cautious welcome to the agreement for EU legislation on whistleblowing and the introduction of an EU wide obligation on employers to both protect and listen to workers who raise concerns at work. The Directive requires employers with more than 50 employees to have written workplace whistleblowing procedures in place.
The European elections in May are the most important for decades – and the turnout and vote of women will be crucial to halt the rise of the anti-European and far-right parties.
On 8 March – International Women’s Day - the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) launches a call for women to vote in the European elections, and to vote for women candidates who support gender equality and trade union demands for a fairer Europe for all workers.
As the EU’s flagship whistleblowing Directive reaches the final stage of negotiations between national Governments and the European Parliament, trade unions warn that the EU risks ending up with a Directive that protects companies more than it protects whistleblowers!
In the final round of negotiations on the company law package, Member States have to guarantee that the directive protects workers’ rights, tackles abuses and prevents the setup of letterbox companies. The Directive goes to the next round of ‘trilogue’ negotiations (between the three European Union (EU) institutions Commission, Council and Parliament) on 5 March, preceded by a meeting of member state diplomats (COREPER) on 1 March.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) calls on the Justice Ministers to agree with the European Parliament position on the following:
Commenting on European Commission’s ‘European Semester Winter Package’, Katja Lehto-Komulainen, Deputy General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation said:
“The ETUC welcomes the European Commission calling for more investment, acknowledging that real household income remains below pre-crisis levels in some EU countries, and asking EU Member States to step up their action to make economic growth benefit all citizens. We also welcome the priority given to investing in skills.
The outcome of May’s European elections will be crucial for the future direction of the EU, and trade unions are playing an active role in the campaign.
On 26 February the ETUC launches its election programme - agreed by the European Trade Union Confederation’s 90 national trade union organisations representing 45 million working people – which calls on all people to vote in the European elections, and to vote for parties and candidates that support trade union demands for a fairer Europe for workers.
ETUC congratulates and supports students and pupils across Europe for demanding more urgent action to prevent climate change.
“We are proud of your responsibility and enthusiasm” said Montserrat Mir, Confederal Secretary at the European Trade Union Confederation. “Young people are right to demand that politicians across the globe deliver decisive action to protect the world that the young will inherit.”