21.02.2019 Press release

Students right to demand urgent climate action

ETUC for climate action and a just transition
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.”
14.02.2019 Press release

Agreement reached on European Labour Authority

Liina, ELA
The ETUC calls on the European institutions to adopt quickly the agreement reached today by the European Commission, Parliament and Council on the Regulation establishing a European Labour Authority.
30.01.2019 Press release

Time to improve gender balance on company boards

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.
  • 24.01.2019 Press release

    Progress on Work-Life Balance breathes life into Social Europe

    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."
  • 22.01.2019 Press release

    No to another missed chance

    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. 
  • 15.01.2019 Press release

    ETUC on House of Commons Brexit vote

    ETUC calls for extension or withdrawal of art 50
    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.”
  • 17.12.2018 Press release

    Trade & labour rights: toothless deals need teeth!

      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.
  • 17.12.2018 Press release

    European Trade Union Leaders Stand up for Solidarity with Migrants on 18th December 2018

    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).
  • 14.12.2018 Speech

    30th anniversary of the 14 December strike in Spain - Speech by Luca Visentini, ETUC General Secretary

    Luca Spain
    Dear comrades,   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.
  • 13.12.2018 Press release

    Council of Europe recognises bargaining rights of self-employed: now EU should follow

    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.
  • 12.12.2018 Press release

    Solidarity with Strasbourg

    Luca Black  & White
    "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).
  • 10.12.2018 Press release

    National UPdates n°11 - December 2018

    Cover NU
    Dear readers, 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.
  • 06.12.2018 Speech

    ITUC Congress 2018 - Speech by Luca Visentini, ETUC General Secretary

    Luca ITUC Congress
    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.
  • 04.12.2018 Press release

    8% of EU cancer is work related

    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.
  • 03.12.2018 Press release

    ETUC says sign UN Migration Compact

    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.
  • 30.11.2018 Press release

    Mobility package - Better no deal that a bad deal

    Fair transport
    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.
  • 30.11.2018 Press release

    ETUC at Katowice Climate COP for a Just Transition

    Montse COP24
    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.
  • 28.11.2018 Press release

    ETUC protests arrests of Turkish trade unionists

    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.