18.10.2018 Press release

Protection for Vulnerable Workers One Step closer

Esther
Today the European Parliament Employment Committee voted to adopt a report on the proposal for a new EU Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions. Commenting on the vote Esther Lynch, ETUC Confederal Secretary, said “What's needed next is that the European Parliament confirms the decision next week in Plenary in Strasbourg.”
16.10.2018 Speech

Austrian Presidency of the EU - Tripartite Social Summit: speech of Luca Visentini

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To be checked against delivery Dear President Tusk, dear President Juncker, dear Chancellor Kurz, Dear Vice President, Commissioner, Ministers, authorities and colleagues, The economic outlook shows slight structural recovery in Europe, with some improvements also in terms of employment. Nevertheless, many analysts suggest that a new recession is likely to happen, while the social effects of the crisis and austerity are still there.
12.10.2018 Press release

New Istanbul Airport dispute - time for negotiations

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The European Trade Union Confederation expresses it support for trade unions in Turkey trying to improve the conditions of construction workers at the new Istanbul Airport. “This dispute cannot be resolved by the police but has to be resolved by negotiations between trade unions, the employers and the Government.” “There have already been 37 deaths including serious accidents causing death and injuries” said Luca Visentini, ETUC General Secretary. “One problem is that more than 8 out of 10 workers on the site are sub-contracted and employed by over 250 companies.
  • 11.10.2018 Press release

    A trade union victory in protecting workers exposed to diesel engine exhaust

    Esther
    The ETUC welcomes the announcement today that the EU will take another step to protect  workers from work related cancer. The announcement today will affect 3,6 million workers in the EU and prevent at least 6 000 deaths per year from lung cancer. Commenting on the announcement, Esther Lynch Confederal Secretary said “Today the EU is taking decisive action to limit workers exposure to diesel exhaust. It comes in response to a major awareness and lobbying effort by workers and their trade unions.
  • 11.10.2018 Press release

    Cancellation of EPSCO Council was a bad decision

    Luca Visentini supports EPSR
    The ETUC condemns the Austrian Presidency’s decision to cancel the scheduled meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council today, 11 October, which was due to discuss progress on the European Pillar of Social Rights, and in particular the establishment of a European Labour Authority to assist in enforcing workers’ rights and to fight fraud and abuse of commonly agreed rules to combat social dumping.
  • 11.10.2018 Press release

    Law denies rights to self-employed workers

    Thiébaut self employed
    Despite a steady increase in the number of self-employed workers – who now represent 1 in 10 of all workers – the self-employed are denied the rights enjoyed by employees reveals a new report by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).   ‘Trade unions protecting self-employed workers’ published today by the ETUC shows that self-employed workers
  • 09.10.2018 Press release

    More democracy at Work! Fix the EU Company law package!

    More Democracy at Work
    The EU needs to fix the draft Company Law Package – currently being discussed by the European Parliament and Council - so that it Strengthens democracy at work including worker representation on company boards meets the needs of working people and not only of business, and moves from a 1980s idea of corporate governance to one that has learned the lessons of the crisis says the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). The ETUC is organising two events to drive home its message
  • 05.10.2018 Press release

    ETUC condemns complaint to Court of Justice on Posted Workers

    Liina Carr
    The European Trade Union Confederation has condemned the Hungarian and Polish Governments for filing a complaint to the Court of Justice of the European Union on the revised Posted Workers Directive and vowed to fight it all the way.
  • 05.10.2018 Press release

    World Day for Decent Work – ‘Changes the rules’: TO DO list for EU

    World day for Decent Work
    The current European Commission and Parliament have until May 2019 to ‘change the rules’ to promote decent work for people across the EU who are getting increasingly disillusioned over precarious work, poor wages, and growing inequality. After the European elections in May 2019 at there is likely to be considerable change in the make-up of the two European institutions. The ETUC has drawn up a handy TO DO list, to be delivered by the current and future EU institutions, to mark World Day for Decent Work whose theme this year is ‘Change the rules’.
  • 28.09.2018 Press release

    ETUC solidarity with Ryanair workers on strike today

    Solidarity with Ryanair workers on strike
    "The strength of feeling among Ryanair workers is clear. Ryanair must commit to serious negotiations with the workers’ trade unions and stop its ongoing attacks on their right to unionise," said Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation.
  • 26.09.2018 Press release

    Stand up for our rights

    Banner Stand Up Social Pillar
    ‘Stand up for the Social Pillar’ is the message coming out of the European Parliament today.   A new group - bringing together social NGOs, trade unions, pro-European organisations, and social economy enterprises and organisations - is meeting up today with MEPs from the two largest political groups, senior Commission officials  and an audience of over 120 people to discuss how to get Governments and EU institutions to put the European Pillar of Social Rights into practice.
  • 25.09.2018 Press release

    Canadian and European trade unions: EU is breaking promises on CETA

    Liina Carr
    Upcoming meeting in Montreal provides an opportunity to address growing concerns On the first anniversary of CETA’s implementation, trade unions on both sides of the Atlantic are warning that the trade deal is not a ‘model’ agreement and say it is time for an immediate review.
  • 24.09.2018 Press release

    Fighting Cancer Should not be a Trade Secret

    Fighting occupational cancer
    The European Commission, Governments, employers and trade unions today agreed at a conference organised by the Austrian Presidency in Vienna to extend their collaboration to fight work-related cancers . The initiative aimed at sharing workplace practices that prevent exposure to carcinogens in the workplace was launched in Amsterdam in May 2016 with ETUC, BusinessEurope, the European Commission, the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work and two EU countries (Netherlands and Austria).
  • 21.09.2018 Press release

    National UPdates n°10 - September 2018

    Cover National UPdates September 2018
    Dear readers, We’re pleased to publish the latest edition of Workers’ Voice National UPdates, demonstrating how national and sectoral trade union organisations in different countries and industries are taking a constructive role in promoting social progress and justice in Europe, often working in cooperation with employers, governments and civil society organisations. In this issue, trade union activities range from brightening the lives of disadvantaged children to tackling intercommunal misunderstandings. 
  • 12.09.2018 Press release

    State of Union underplays social justice

    State of the Union speech 2018
    Commenting on Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union speech, Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the European Trade Union said “We strongly support President Juncker’s call for the Pillar of Social Rights to be put into EU law, but social justice deserved far more than one sentence in the State of the Union speech.”
  • 10.09.2018 Press release

    #SOTEU 2018: Strong proposals are needed to restore social justice for working people, ETUC tells Juncker

    Luca
    Commission President Juncker's State of the Union speech is due to take place on Wednesday 12 September 2018, and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) urges him to deliver strong proposals on the future of Europe, to restore social justice, ahead of the EU elections. ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini calls for a wide European alliance between parties, politicians, social partners and civil society organisations, to support democratic values and tackle populism, nationalism and racism.
  • 05.09.2018 Press release

    European Personal Pensions must guarantee savings says ETUC

    ETUC
    The ETUC calls for pension savings to be fully protected in the proposal for Pan-European Personal Pension which will now go to negotiations between the EU Institutions, following the vote in the EP’s Economic Affairs Committee earlier this week.   The Committee failed to ensure that PEPP providers would be required to guarantee workers’ pension savings when investing them on the financial market.
  • 21.08.2018 Press release

    Greece still needs to recover after “support programme”

    ETUC
    While welcoming the end of the EU’s Stability Support programme for Greece,  the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) warns that Greece’s problems are far from over, and needs a recovery plan to tackle unemployment, low wages and poverty.
  • 11.08.2018 Press release

    ETUC supports Ryanair workers

    Ryanair workers strike
    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) supports the striking workers in Ryanair and their trade union organisations. “Workers throughout the EU are sick and tired of employers who don't play fair and who try to undermine hard fought for rights by picking and choosing between national employment legislation” said Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the ETUC.  
  • 23.07.2018 Press release

    ETUC condemns potential extremist attacks on European democracy

    ETUC
    The European Trade Union Confederation is gravely concerned by reports that far-right forces in the US, led by discredited former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, are planning to disrupt the 2019 European elections and work to destroy European integration. Said ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini: “We deplore any attempt to undermine European democracy, in particular coming from outsiders who have no interest in the welfare of European countries and their peoples.
  • 29.06.2018 Press release

    EU squabbles over migration while 100 more drown

    Source AFP
    With news of another 100 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, and claims that a rescue ship was unable to assist because Malta will not let it enter port to refuel, coming just a day after the EU Summit that emphasised border control and preventing “illegal crossings”, Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, said “The Mediterranean is becoming a mass grave while EU leaders are scoring points to take home instead of finding real solutions.