• 24.04.2019 Press release

    Trade union march for ‘A Fairer Europe for workers’ 26 April

    March for a fairer Europe
    There will be a march and rally on Friday 26 April in Brussels for ‘A fairer Europe for workers’ called by the European Trade Union Confederation. The march gathers outside the European Parliament in Place Luxembourg at 10.30 and concludes with a rally near the European Council and Commission in Avenue Auderghem (by Rond Point Schuman). The march is to draw attention to the European elections, to call for a better and more social Europe, not less Europe – and for social progress, better pay and better working and living conditions.  
  • 23.04.2019 Press release

    Work is to earn living, not cause death

    International Workers Memorial Day
    Almost two hundred thousand people die every year in the European Union as a result of workplace diseases, illnesses and accidents. The reality is much worse - there is massive under reporting by employers, and when a worker is killed by their work it harms whole families. The ETUC is calling for the European Union – in particular the new European Parliament to be elected in May and the new European Commission to be appointed following the elections – to
  • 15.04.2019 Press release

    International union deeply concerned at violence against Greek trade union

    GSEE 100 years
    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. 
  • 10.04.2019 Press release

    National UPdates n°12 - April 2019

    Dear readers We are pleased to bring you the April 2019 issue of Workers’ Voice National UPdates, showing how trade unions are constantly taking new and innovative actions for social justice and progress in many European countries. National UPdates is sent to your mailbox quarterly. We hope you like it    To read the document, please click here.
  • 08.04.2019 Press release

    The future of work – world needs renewed UN ILO

    Esther ILO
    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.
  • 08.04.2019 Press release

    Workers voice in Commission report on artificial intelligence

    Thiebaut AI
    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.
  • 04.04.2019 Press release

    Work Life Balance: last hurdle for new rights for working parents & carers  

    Work Life Balance
    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
  • 29.03.2019 Press release

    Better than status quo, but another missed opportunity for more democracy at work!

    Dem at work
    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.
  • 27.03.2019 Press release

    South Korea must honour commitment to workers’ rights

    Liina Carr, ETUC Conferderal Secretary
    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.
  • 25.03.2019 Press release

    Workers in 8 EU countries worse off than 10 years ago!

    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
  • 20.03.2019 Speech

    Speech given by Luca Visentini Tripartite Social Summit

    Luca TSS
    Speech given by Luca Visentini at the Tripartite Social Summit on 20 March 2019 in Brussels Check against delivery 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:
  • 14.03.2019 Press release

    Trade unions support Action for Climate

    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).
  • 12.03.2019 Press release

    Start of culture change for whistleblowers?

    Whistleblowing Directive 2
    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.
  • 06.03.2019 Press release

    ETUC launches Women’s Day call for vote for gender equality in European elections

    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. 
  • 28.02.2019 Press release

    For a fair and just Company Law Package!

    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:
  • 27.02.2019 Press release

    ETUC on European Semester Winter Package

    Katja Winter Package
    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.
  • 26.02.2019 Press release

    European elections - A fairer Europe for workers

    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.