• 22.03.2017 Press release

    Updated ETUC media advisory on Treaty of Rome anniversary

    European trade unions leaders in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome will give a press conference on March 24, 17.30 - Palazzo Chigi, Piazza Colonna, 370, Roma with ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini, ETUC President Rudy De Leeuw and General Secretaries Carmelo Barbagallo, Susanna Camusso, Annamaria Furlan of the 3 Italian trade unions UIL, CGIL, CISL.
  • 21.03.2017 Press release

    ETUC calls on Commission to oppose China's action against EU at WTO

    Today, Tuesday, 21st March, the WTO Dispute Settlement Body will hear China's request for a panel to rule on the EU's anti-dumping measures against imports from China. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) supports the call by AEGIS, representing many EU industry sectors, for the EU to firmly oppose that claim.  "Dumping kills jobs, investments and competition. The EU instruments against illegal dumping must not be weakened just because China is taking its case to the WTO", says Liina Carr, ETUC Confederal Secretary.
  • 14.03.2017 Press release

    National UPdates n°4 - March 2017

    Dear readers,
   
 Welcome to the fourth edition of the Workers’ Voice National UPdates. Following the recent launch of the ETUC Pay Rise Campaign, this issue focuses particularly on pay developments in different countries. They demonstrate that trade unions make a difference and collective bargaining is having an impact. But there is still a long way to go to achieve our recovery! Join our campaign #OurPayRise. 
 
  • 13.03.2017 Press release

    Workers in 7 EU countries worse off today than 8 years ago

    Workers are still not feeling economic recovery: wages are lower now than they were eight years ago in seven EU member states, according to new research published today by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). 
 
 The research also shows that in 18 EU countries wages have grown much slower over the seven years after the crisis than in the eight years before that. 
 
  • 10.03.2017 Press release

    ETUC and ITUC Back French Corporate Responsibility Law

    The ETUC and ITUC have expressed strong support for the efforts by its French affiliates to defend the new law requiring French multinational companies to establish vigilance plans to avoid and remedy violations of fundamental rights and environmental standards throughout their supply chains and operations. Two days after the adoption of the law on 21 February, Members and Senators from the Republican Party, backed by employer organisation MEDEF, referred the issue to France’s Constitutional Council claiming that the law is unconstitutional.
  • 09.03.2017 Press release

    Pittella and Visentini (ETUC): Brexit is putting the future of millions of people at risk; right to remain and work must be guaranteed

    Following the meeting between the S&D President, Gianni Pittella, and the General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Luca Visentini, over the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, Pittella and Visentini jointly stated: "Brexit risks disrupting the lives of millions of citizens and workers both from the UK and EU. The House of Commons will be called upon to vote to protect the rights of 3 million EU nationals settled in Britain after Article 50 is triggered.
  • 09.03.2017 Press release

    Turkey: ETUC condolences

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    On 7 March 2017, seven Turkish trade unionists lost their lives and 35 more were injured as a result of a tragic bus accident which occurred in the İnegöl district of Bursa. They were members of a delegation attending the events organised by Turk-Is to celebrate 8th March, the International Day of Women Workers. The ETUC mourns the passing of those who lost their lives. We also send our condolences to their families, as well as best wishes for a quick recovery to the injured. Our thoughts are with you.
  • 07.03.2017 Press release

    She needs a Pay Rise #HerPayRise

    A pay rise for women would narrow the gender pay gap, and boost the economy by giving millions of working women more money to spend. 
 
 A pay rise that narrows and ultimately eliminate the pay gap between women and men could be achieved by: 
 
  • 06.03.2017 Press release

    EU social partners sign agreement on active ageing

    After nine months of negotiations, EU employers and trade unions approved a framework agreement on active ageing and an intergenerational approach. The agreement is to ensure a healthy, safe and productive working environment and work organisation to enable workers of all ages to remain in work until legal retirement age. It is to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experience between generations at the workplace and takes into account the changing national demographic and labour market realities.
  • 01.03.2017 Press release

    ETUC on Future of Europe - leaked draft

    Commenting on the leaked European Commission White Paper on the Future of Europe published in European media this morning, Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, said “I hope this is an early draft as it is very timid and rather dispiriting.”     “That the European Commission is unable to present anything other than reflections and scenarios, with a short summary of the pros and cons of each scenario, shows just how uncertain the future is.
  • 26.02.2017 Speech

    PES: The Future of Europe - Shaping our Future Together

    Speech given by Katja Lehto-Komulainen, ETUC Deputy General Secretary PES: THE FUTURE OF EUROPE - Shaping our Future Together Rome, 24 March 2017 [Check against delivery]   Remettre de l’ordre idéologique et philosophique L’Europe a connu des temps difficiles. De nombreux travailleurs s’inquiètent pour leur avenir, leur emploi, leurs revenus et la situation de leur famille.
  • 24.02.2017 Speech

    Which Social Europe?

    SECRÉTAIRE GÉNÉRALE ADJOINTE DE LA CONFÉDÉRATION EUROPÉENNE DES SYNDICATS CES KATJA LEHTO-KOMULAINEN ASSEMBLÉE SYNDICALE DU CONSEIL SYNDICAL INTERREGINAL PYREMED, 23.2.2017, À PERPIGNAN QUELLE EUROPE SOCIALE? Dear trade unionists and participants, It is a great pleasure for me to attend this meeting here in Perpignan.  
  • 22.02.2017 Press release

    ETUC on EU Economic Policy 'Winter Package'

    Commenting on the European Commission’s ’winter package’ on EU economic policy, ETUC Deputy General Secretary Katja Lehto-Komulainen said “There is a missing ingredient in EU economic policy – growth that benefits everyone. For recovery to reach all workers we need a pay rise for workers across Europe, and more public investment. The European Commission now needs to make specific recommendations on increasing wages, collective bargaining and public spending.”
  • 15.02.2017 Speech

    As MEPs Vote On CETA, Trade Unions Demand A New Approach To Trade

    Article by Liina Carr, published on Social Europe 
 
 As MEPs Vote On CETA, Trade Unions Demand A New Approach To Trade 
 
 After months of argument which brought hundreds of thousands of protestors onto the streets of European cities, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is this week taking a further step towards implementation, with the vote in the European Parliament.
  • 15.02.2017 Press release

    Europe needs a pay rise – it's time for our recovery

    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is launching a campaign for a pay rise for workers throughout Europe:  to drive economic growth and tackle inequality. 
 
 Over the last two days European trade unionists have been discussing the need for pay rises with employers and Government at a conference in Brussels.    
 
  • 13.02.2017 Press release

    ETS Reform - What to look out for

    On February 15 the European Parliament will vote on the reform of the EU’s pioneering Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). This is one of the main ways adopted by the EU to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and its reform is essential to meeting the EU’s commitments to tackle climate change agreed at the UN Paris climate summit.
  • 03.02.2017 Press release

    EU to pay Libya to keep refugees out of Europe

    Commenting on the outcome of the Valletta informal Summit, ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini said  “The EU has decided to pay Libya, with a Government that controls only  a part of the country, to keep refugees and migrants out of Europe. To make matters worse they are paying for this out of development funds. It would be like Trump getting Mexico to pay for the border wall, except the EU has come up with a way to do it.”
  • 03.02.2017 Press release

    ETUC on Valletta Summit

    European Commission
    Commenting on today’s EU Valletta Summit, ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini said:
  • 31.01.2017 Speech

    European Parliamentary Week 2017 - Speech by Katja Lehto-Komulainen

    Speech by ETUC Deputy General Secretary Katja Lehto-Komulainen at European Parliamentary Week 2017; Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union; Towards a more comprehensive and coordinated social dimension   Mr. Chairperson, MEPs and members of national parliaments, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is an honour to speak here today on behalf of the European Trade Union Confederation, the ETUC. Conference,
  • 20.01.2017 Press release

    Eurozone President should focus on growth not insults

    The President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, “should focus on policy changes to boost recovery instead of making stupid comments”, said Katja Lehto-Komulainen, Deputy General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation.
  • 20.01.2017 Press release

    Social Europe in 'last chance saloon'

    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is warning the European Commission that the EU is in the ‘last-chance saloon’ to tackle popular resentment towards the EU.   Next Monday – January 23 – the European Commission will reveal its latest thinking on social policy and legislation at a conference “The European Pillar of Social Rights: going forward together” with President Juncker and Commissioner Thyssen.  
  • 13.01.2017 Press release

    Services Package: European trade unions set out workers' concerns

    European Commission
    The European Commission this week proposed a “Services Package” of measures aimed at “making it easier” to provide services across Europe. European trade unions note that the Services Package shows improvements, but does not address some fundamental problems raised by the unions, including in our December red card.
  • 10.01.2017 Press release

    More carcinogen exposure limits must be adopted, says ETUC

    New EU exposure limits will save lives, but a more ambitious strategy to eliminate occupational cancers is urgently needed. The ETUC today greeted the European Commission's proposal to introduce five* new binding occupational exposure limits (BOELs) for carcinogens as decades overdue. ETUC Confederal Secretary Esther Lynch said: “Current exposure limits are based on very old evidence, sometimes dating back over 40 years, and given the high number of work related cancer deaths each year these limits are manifestly failing to save lives.”