The gender pay gap is not only at an unacceptable 16% – but in the last year for which figures are available, 2016, it had barely decreased since 2010, and not at all since 2015.
To mark EU (Un)Equal Pay Day on 3 November, ETUC Confederal Secretary Montserrat Mir said: “At current rates of change we will all be dead before we reach equal pay for women.
“Pay inequality has barely changed since 2010, and has actually got worse in a some countries, including the UK, Poland, Portugal and Bulgaria.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) supports LOT Polish airline workers and their union.
Sixty seven flight attendants and pilots were dismissed on 22 October for taking part in industrial action against the dismissal of a leader of a trade union of flight attendants and against precarious working conditions.
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.”
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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.
Joint ETUC-IndustriAll Europe-Cefic-ECEG press release
The chemical industry and trade unions today agreed on the future framework to further protect EU workers from the risks associated with exposure to substances toxic to reproduction at the workplace.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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’.
"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.
‘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.
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.
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).
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.