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.”
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is calling for the adoption of the final agreement concluded last night by the three institutions, the EU Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions.
The European Parliament and the EU Presidency must act urgently to boost women’s equality in European business management, says the ETUC.
Tomorrow (Thursday), MEPs will debate the ‘Women on Boards’ Directive, proposed by the European Commission back in 2012 and supported by MEPs the following year. The measure has been stuck in the Council, opposed by some Member States, ever since.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) welcomes the conclusion of the trilogue discussions on the Work-Life Balance Directive. The provisional agreement reached contains a number of positive elements, including paid paternity and parental leave, currently missing at EU level.
Said ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini, “Although we regret the lengthy implementation period set, we consider this first legislative output of the European Pillar of Social Rights to be a positive signal to EU citizens that Social Europe is alive and back on track."
The final trilogue text of the new Framework Directive on Insolvency* comes as a great disappointment to the ETUC. Once again, European legislators have missed an opportunity to improve European-wide workers' participation rights in restructuring and insolvency procedures.
Commenting on the rejection of the Brexit ‘Withdrawal Agreement’ in the UK House of Commons, Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, said
“We call for the extension or withdrawal of article 50. This is essential to avoid the UK crashing out of the EU without an agreement and to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. Time is running out and ‘no-deal’ threatens jobs and rights in the UK and the EU. All parties involved have a duty to focus on finding a workable solution.”
Today the European Commission formally requested consultations with the Government of South Korea on the lack of implementation of fundamental labour rights.
This is strongly welcomed by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) which, together with the Federation of Korean Trade Unions and the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, have pressed for a long time for consultations to be launched due to the poor situation of workers’ rights in South Korea.
On International Migrants Day, trade union leaders across Europe, representing 45 million members from 90 trade union organisations in 38 European countries, will reiterate their support for solidarity with migrants by backing the first European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) on migration.
Trade union leaders showed their commitment by signing the ‘We Are a Welcoming Europe’ initiative at a high-level meeting of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).
The warmest greetings from the ETUC and congratulations for the very important anniversary you are celebrating today.
The right to strike is a fundamental human and social right, and an essential tool for trade unions to build their power for achieving stronger rights and better working conditions for working people.
The right to strike has been recently under attack in several countries, particularly in Spain, and I would like to pay tribute to the extraordinary efforts you put in place to defend it.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) welcomed a decision today by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe that should put an end to restrictions on collective bargaining for self-employed persons.
The Ministers’ Committee’s decision endorses an earlier ruling by the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) following pressure by the Irish Trade Union Confederation (ICTU) and its affiliates, SIPTU, Equity, the Musicians Union of Ireland and National Union of Journalists, and supported by the ETUC.
"The ETUC condemns the attack in Strasbourg and expresses its sincere condolences to the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of France and with our French affiliates. Fear and terror will never undermine our strong commitment to peace, tolerance and democracy" says Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the European trade Union Confederation (ETUC).
Welcome to the December 2018 issue of Workers’ Voice National UPdates, highlighting how trade unions are acting for social progress and justice in Europe. While many EU countries are struggling to respond to extremist and nationalist movements, we take a look at the way unions are supporting Europe’s diverse population and combatting racism and fascism in the workplace and in society. With ETUC backing, the European Commission is currently updating a survey of trade union actions against discrimination.
Brothers and sisters!
Comrades and friends!
I bring you the solidarity of the European Trade Union Confederation and the European trade union movement!
Let me thank our Danish colleagues, LO and FTF, Lizette and Bente, for the fantastic welcome they gave us here in Copenhagen.
I really admire you for the way you have defended and implemented the Danish model, based on social dialogue and collective bargaining.
A book launched today claims that 8% of all cancer cases are work-related: making up 12% of cancer cases among men and 7% of cancer cases among women.
The book was published by the ETUI and launched at a conference in Brussels today on women and cancer.
Opening the Conference organised by the ETUI, Esther Lynch, ETUC Confederal Secretary said “Work-related cancer among women is still being underestimated.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) strongly condemns those EU Member States that have decided not to sign the United Nations’ Global Compact for Migration, due to be adopted 10-11 December in Marrakesh, after one year of negotiations.
Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have said they will not sign, while others including Belgium and Italy have yet to decide.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) supports European transport unions in calling on EU Transport Ministers meeting on December 3 not to approve the current deal that would worsen working conditions for drivers across Europe.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) will be at the international climate ‘COP’ in Katowice next week and urge governments to manage the social and employment impacts of climate action through a socially fair ‘just transition’.
The ETUC will welcome the ‘Solidarity and Just Transition Declaration’ presented by the Polish Government and supported by the European Union.
The Declaration is expected on Monday 3 December, and ETUC will urge all Governments to back and act on it.
On Monday some 10 trade unionists – members of the Executive Committee of ETUC member KESK - were arrested in several cities across Turkey along with journalists and politicians from the HDP opposition party.
The arrests were made in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Diyarbakir and Bursa and relate to the organisation of and participation in a demonstration in 2016.