• 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

    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

    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”

    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

    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.
  • 27.06.2018 Press release

    500 Movers and shakers meet to discuss how to manage the future world of work

    Four global mega trends that are radically changing the world of work – decarbonisation, digitalisation, globalisation and demographic change - cannot simply be left to the market and will bring changes that need to be anticipated and managed together, warn the European Trade Union Confederation and Institute (ETUC and ETUI).
  • 27.06.2018 Press release

    Union and business leaders issue joint appeal for urgent progress in Brexit negotiations

    Joint logos
    Ahead of this week’s European Council meeting, the Directors General of BusinessEurope and the CBI, Markus Beyrer and Carolyn Fairbairn, and the General Secretaries of the ETUC and the TUC, Luca Visentini and Frances O’Grady have issued an unprecedented joint statement urging faster progress. The organisations, which together represent 45 million workers and 20 million employers across Europe, met for the first time in London on 15 June to discuss Brexit.
  • 21.06.2018 Press release

    Progress on Work/Life Balance and Working Conditions Directives

    Work Life Balance
    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) welcomes the progress made by EU Employment Ministers today towards adopting the ‘Work Life Balance’ and the ‘Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions’ Directives. Ministers meeting today in the Employment Council agreed a ‘general approach’ on both Directives – enabling discussions in ‘trilogue’ as soon as the European Parliament adopts its position. “Today the EU has taken a small step towards making the lives of working people across Europe a little better” said Luca Visentini, ETUC General Secretary.
  • 21.06.2018 Press release

    Stand up for the social pillar - an alliance of social economy enterprises, trade unions and civil society organisations

    A new group has been set up to encourage Governments and EU institutions to fully implement the European Pillar of Social Rights. The group ‘Stand Up for the Social Pillar’ brings together social economy enterprises and organisations including cooperatives active in industry and services, trade unions, pro-European organisations and social NGOs, and has as its mission to
  • 19.06.2018 Press release

    National UPdates n°9 - June 2018

    Dear readers, Welcome to the summer 2018 edition of Workers’ Voice National UPdates, showing how trade unions in different countries are taking a constructive role in promoting social progress and justice in Europe, in collaboration with employers, governments and civil society organisations. To coincide with the ETUI-ETUC conference on ‘The worlds of work in transition’, this newsletter highlights examples of how unions are involved in organising workers and improving conditions in Europe’s new digital industries.
  • 19.06.2018 Press release

    EPSCO Council: Make the European Pillar of Social Rights real

    ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini has written to all Employment Ministers urging them not to dilute the Commission proposals and “adopt a meaningful general approach” on the 2 Directives up for discussion at the EPSCO Council on Thursday. The letter states that the Directives on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions and Work Life Balance are both “crucial to working people across Europe and their trade unions.”
  • 11.06.2018 Press release

    ETUC condemns Italy & praises Spain over rescue ship

    Saved at sea by Acquarius
    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) condemns the violation of human rights and international law by the Italian Government, welcomes the humanity of the Spanish Government and criticises the lack of action by the European Union and its member states over the sorry saga of the rescue ship Acquarius and its 629 people on board.
  • 30.05.2018 Press release

    ETUC to fight double cut in EU social spending

    EU Budget (Source: European Commission)
    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) will oppose a potential double cut in European Social Fund (ESF) spending in the EU budget  2021-2027. The European Commission’s ESF proposals published today, its Cohesion Policy proposals published yesterday and the overall EU budget 2021-2027 proposals, include
  • 29.05.2018 Press release

    Justice at last: equal pay for posted workers

    Liina Carr, ETUC Conferderal Secretary
    Commenting on the outcome today of the European Parliament vote on posted workers, Liina Carr, Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), saluting a victory for Europe’s posted workers, said: “Justice at last for posted workers. “With the YES vote, the ETUC is very pleased that posted workers now have the prospect of equal pay. “Even if the final deal includes important compromises such as the exclusion of transport workers, it guarantees at least the same pay for the same work in the same place.
  • 28.05.2018 Press release

    MEPS must vote YES on posted workers deal

    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has written to MEPs urging them to vote in favour of the revision of Posting of Workers Directive. The Plenary vote is due to take place on Tuesday 29 May on the trilogue deal between the Commission, Council and Parliament in March, and is a yes/no vote without the possibility of amendments. The text has already been approved by Council.     
  • 24.05.2018 Press release

    ETUC on 2018 European Semester Spring Package

    European Semester Package 2018
    Commenting on the European Commission’s European Semester 2018 Spring package – and the Country Specific Recommendations – Katja Lehto Komulainen, Deputy General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) said
  • 16.05.2018 Press release

    Gaza killings must stop

    "The ETUC condemns the shooting of Palestinian protestors, including children, in repeated displays of excessive and disproportionate force by the Israeli army” said ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini. “The killing must stop.” “We urge Israel and the Palestine to restart negotiations in good faith for peace based on a two-state solution. We encourage the European Union and the United Nations to do all it can to bring an end to the violence and to encourage negotiations.”
  • 16.05.2018 Press release

    European Appeal: Companies and Employees – Blazing a New European Trail

    More democracy at work
    Something has gone wrong in the European Union. Four examples bear witness to this dysfunction. How can it be justified that hundreds of thousands of letter-box companies have been allowed to develop, when the aim of these ghost companies is to evade taxes, labour laws and regulations? How can it be explained that European Court of Justice decisions authorized the restriction of employees’ fundamental rights in order to support business schemes whose very objective was to circumvent the protection of employees?
  • 03.05.2018 Press release

    ETUC questions growth 'rosy outlook'

    European Commission
    Commenting on the European Commission’s Spring 2018 Economic Forecast heralding “strong growth” at “a 10-year high” and “rosy outlook”, Katja Lehto-Komulainen Deputy General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) said “European Commissioners sound upbeat about Europe’s growth but life in the labour market remains very tough for far too many people. There are still 17 million unemployed in the EU and much of the growth in employment is in part-time or temporary jobs. In work poverty is on the rise.