• 29.10.2019 Press release

    Parents in 7 countries to get new rights to paid leave

    Parents in seven EU member states will begin benefiting from new rights to paid leave if national governments properly implement the work-life balance directive, a new ETUC analysis shows. Fathers in Italy, Croatia and Slovakia are set to receive paid paternity leave around the birth of a child for the first time ever under the directive adopted by the European Council in June. The legislation fought for by the ETUC will also at least double the length of paid paternity leave in the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Portugal and Romania.
  • 25.10.2019 Press release

    Fine companies who refuse gender pay transparency, unions tell Von der Leyen

    Cover Esther
    Compulsory gender pay reporting backed up by fines must be among the “binding pay transparency measures” promised by Ursula Von Der Leyen if they are to have a real impact. The European Commission President-Designate has pledged to bring forward measures to tackle the EU’s 16% gender pay gap within the first 100 days of her mandate. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) welcomes the commitment and is calling on her to introduce policies which have a chance of delivering real change in the public and private sectors.
  • 24.10.2019 Press release

    ETUC response to EU Court ruling

    Today the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in the case brought by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) against the refusal of the European Commission to put forward their Social Partner Agreement for adoption as a European Directive (Judgment T-310/18, EPSU and Goudriaan v Commission). The court judgement will be a blow to those 9.8 million government workers who would have benefited from much needed rights to information and consultation with their employer.
  • 22.10.2019 Press release

    ETUC tells Spanish government not to sacrifice workers’ health

    Per Hilmersoon, ETUC DEputy General Secretary
    The Spanish Government is proposing to reduce the protection for workers against cancer-causing substances, and allagedly boosting the competitiveness of companies, on the pretext of transposing the revised EU Directive (2004/37/EC) on carcinogens or mutagens at work. The cancer-causing substances, for which the Spanish caretaker government is proposing to increase the exposure limits, are crystalline silica, acrylamide and bromo-ethylene. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is urging the Spanish government to withdraw its proposals.
  • 21.10.2019 Press release

    These European Corporations Abuse the Rights of Working People in America’s Southern States

    “The Double Standard at Work: European Corporate Investment and Workers’ Rights in the American South” cites key case studies to reveal practices in the U.S. South European corporations are two-faced when it comes to respecting working people’s freedom of association and workers’ rights, argues a new report by the AFL-CIO and supported by the European Trade Union Confederation.
  • 17.10.2019 Press release

    ETUC statement on the Brexit deal

    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) believes there is no Brexit that will benefit working people. In the circumstances, we welcome the European Union’s efforts to stop no-deal, guarantee the Good Friday Agreement and avoid a hard border in Ireland.   However, the ETUC is concerned that the deal appears to have further watered down already weak commitments to workers’ rights, although further scrutiny is essential.  
  • 09.10.2019 Press release

    EU trade unions and employers want ambitious EU industrial strategy

    European employers and trade unions are jointly calling on the new European Commission and Parliament for a more proactive and ambitious EU industrial strategy. The European Trade Union Confederation, BusinessEurope, SMEunited and CEEP want to position European industry as a global leader that will responsibly deliver prosperity by creating value for the people and the planet.
  • 08.10.2019 Press release

    ETUC condemns Turkish invasion threat and calls on EU to end migration deal

    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is calling on the EU to take the strongest possible action to prevent a Turkish invasion of Syria, and immediately end its migration deal with Turkey. The ETUC will make representations to the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs over its concerns that an invasion would put at risk the victory over ISIS and spark a major humanitarian crisis. ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini said:
  • 02.10.2019 Press release

    World Day for Decent Work - 7 October 2019 - Invest in Care

    There is nothing more important for working people than to know that their children and elderly relatives are being properly cared for. Care, especially for young children and the elderly, is one of the fastest growing sectors in Europe. Care is estimated to employ some eight million people, representing about 5% of the overall workforce. The vast majority of care workers, 88.2%, are women.
  • 30.09.2019 Press release

    Commission hearings: Six big questions workers want answered

    Commission hearings
    A sustainable economy, quality jobs, climate action, fair minimum wages, ethical digitalisation and fair mobility and migration are among the subjects on which trade unions have urged MEPs to grill prospective European Commissioners over the next two weeks. From today, MEPs will be quizzing each member of Ursula Von Der Leyen’s proposed team before voting on whether to approve the new Commission.
  • 24.09.2019 Press release

    Malta agreement marks EU step towards human decency on migration?

    Ludovic Voet
    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) says the agreement of the Interior Ministers of France, Germany, Italy and Malta on a proposed voluntary scheme to relocate across the EU migrants rescued at sea is a step towards human decency in EU migration policy, albeit one fraught with difficulties.   “A sensible and decent plan for at least rescuing and hosting migrants who cross the sea to escape conflict and extreme poverty is desperately needed” said Ludovic Voet, ETUC Confederal Secretary. “The willingness of France and Germany to help promote a solution is encouraging.
  • 24.09.2019 Press release

    ETUC fights back against rising retirement age

    ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini speaks at the press conference in Zagreb
    Raising the retirement age in an attempt to ensure the pension system remains sustainable as life expectancy grows is “unfair and ineffectual,” ETUC leaders said today as they launched a fightback against the policy. The ETUC launched a push for fair pensions at a two-day conference in Croatia, where the government recently raised the legal retirement age from 65 to 67 only to be forced into a u-turn by trade unions who gathered over double the number of signatures required for a referendum on the issue.
  • 20.09.2019 Press release

    Trade unions and climate activists unite for action

    ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini and Confederal Secretary Ludovic Voet with Anuna de Wever and Adelaide Charlier of the Youth for Climate movement
    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) united with activists today to demand urgent and concrete actions to stop climate change ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York. As part of the global climate action week, an ETUC delegation took part in a major demonstration in Brussels organised by the Youth for Climate group. ETUC Confederal Secretary Ludovic Voet told the demonstration:
  • 18.09.2019 Press release

    National UPdates n°14 - September 2019

    Dear readers, Welcome to the September 2019 edition of Workers’ Voice National UPdates. As the Climate Action campaign gathers strength, this month we focus on how trade unions around Europe are working with young people and civil society organisations to achieve climate justice. As usual, National Updates seeks out some interesting and even unexpected examples of how European unions are cooperating and working constructively with employers, governments and civil society to foster social progress.
  • 11.09.2019 Press release

    MEPs and unions call for EU action on democracy at work

    ETUC Isabelle Schomann call for more democracy at work
    On the 25th anniversary of the European Workers Councils Directive, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is calling on the new European Commission and Parliament to strengthen workers' democracy across the European Union. A statement calling for new EU initiatives for more -           and stronger European Works Councils -           and strengthened rights for workers to be informed and consulted about major change within their company/workplace
  • 10.09.2019 Press release

    Top Commission jobs point to social progress

    Luca Visentini 'Fairer Europe for workers'
    The distribution of Commission portfolios announced today is a hopeful sign that the EU can deliver social progress over the next five years – now it’s time for the right personnel to deliver the right policies. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) applauds the fact that the proposed Commission is gender balanced and places politicians who understand the needs of working people in key roles.
  • 05.09.2019 Press release

    ETUC calls on unions to join climate action ahead of UN summit to achieve just transition

    ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini supporting a just transition
    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) will participate in the global climate action week to put pressure on world leaders to deliver urgent solutions to the worsening climate crisis, and is calling on national trade unions to take their own actions across Europe. Demonstrations will take place around the world between September 20 and 27 to coincide with the United Nation’s climate summit in New York, where heads of governments must take concrete action to deliver on the promises of the Paris Agreement.
  • 24.07.2019 Press release

    ETUC condemns 'LGBT free zone' in Poland

    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is appalled that Polish newspaper Gazeta Polska distributed today ‘LGBT free zone’ stickers. Doing so could create unnecessary divisions and conflicts in workplaces and in society, as demonstrated by the violence against members of the LGTB community on Saturday. Producing such stickers could lead people to break the law by discriminating on grounds of sexual orientation, which is against EU and Polish law. It also disrespects fundamental human rights.
  • 16.07.2019 Press release

    ETUC asks new Commission President to build democratic alliance in Parliament and involve social partners in drafting work programme

    New European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
    “Considering the tiny majority Ursula von der Leyen got in Parliament", said Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, “we urge the new President of the Commission to build an alliance with the democratic parties only, and to reconfirm the cordon sanitaire against the far right. If she wants to deliver as Commission President, she needs to rebuild the trust that was jeopardised by the Council’s decisions. She needs to work for a more democratic European Union.”