05.08.2020 Publication

Adaptation to Climate Change and the world of work - A Guide for Trade Unions

Adaptation to Climate Change and the world of work - A Guide for Trade Unions (EN)
This guide has several objectives: first of all, it provides a clear definition of the concept of adaptation to climate change. Second, it aims to give the reader a clear idea of how climate change consequences will affect the different European regions and sectors. Third, it aims to explain what effects climate change will have on health and safety of workers. Finally, it details a set of recommendations and looks at existing practices to allow trade unions to take action on adaptation at the various levels.
30.06.2020 Publication

More democracy at work (Publications and video)

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Freedom, democracy and social justice are core values of the European Union. Democracy is important; not only on the political but also on the economic level. More Democracy at Work is part of a broader approach for a more Social Europe which is urgently needed. Workers represent an integral part of companies and the public sector, offering their time, energy and skills on a daily basis. Their voice and influence are however limited and are in fact shrinking Have a look to our video
24.06.2020 Publication

Strengthening Workers'Voices in case of Insolvencies - ETUC Report and Guidelines

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A well-functioning European insolvency framework with a focus on preventive restructuring is not only essential to safeguard employment and workers’ interests, but also to support economic growth and cross-border investment. With this context in mind, it is important for the European Trade Union movement to analyse the impact the new EU directive may have on European workers’ rights as well as to clarify the scope for national implementation.
26.03.2020 Publication

COVID-19 Watch // ETUC Briefing notes

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The ETUC launches a series of ‘COVID-19 Watch’ briefing notes. They focus on developments providing critical information on the impacts of COVID-19 on labour markets, workers and citizens across Europe. These Briefing Notes are produced by the ETUC with the support of the ETUI and ETUC affiliated organisations. While every effort has been made to make them accurate at the date of publication, new agreements and measures are being announced daily. The current briefings will be updated periodically, and new ones produced on other topics.
03.03.2020 Publication

Artificial Intelligence will it make bias against women worse?

ETUC is concerned that Artificial Intelligence will reinforce gender inequality and stereotypes by building existing biases and prejudices into the algorithms and programmes of artificial intelligence, and believes that every effort needs to be made to ensure women are treated equally and with respect.
  • 09.12.2019 Publication

    Joint letter to Ursula von der Leyen regarding EU chemicals policy

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    Dear President von der Leyen, Dear Executive Vice-President Timmermans, We, the European Consumers Organisation (BEUC), the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), representing the voice of consumers, workers and the environment, have come together to call on you to build a Europe that protects people and ecosystems against chemical pollution.
  • 10.07.2019 Publication

    B7 - L7 Declaration

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    The 2019 G7 Presidency made the fight against inequalities its top priority setting ambitious objectives for social cohesion. We, the business (B7) and labor (L7) organizations in G7 countries, consider that we have a role to play in addressing this challenge.
  • 24.06.2019 Publication

    ETUC comments on Commission Communication on “Further strengthening the Rule of Law within the Union. State of Play and possible next steps” (COM(2019) 163 final)

    Brussels 24/06/2019 On 3 April 2019, the European Commission launched its Communication on “Further strengthening the Rule of Law within the Union. State of Play and possible next steps” (COM(2019) 163 final) [1]. It thereby invited the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council and the public at large to reflect on how strengthening the enforcement of the rule of law can make an essential contribution to the future of the European Union.
  • 19.06.2019 Publication

    ETUC Manifesto 2019-2023

    ETUC Manifesto
    We are living through a crucial and challenging moment for Europe and the European trade union movement. The effects of unregulated globalisation, economic crisis and austerity; the changes in the economy and labour market due to climate change, digitalisation and automation; the attacks on workers’ and trade union rights and on the European social model; the growth of inequalities within and between countries; the issue of migration and mobility flows, often leading to
  • 09.04.2019 Publication

    New trade union strategies for new forms of employment

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    Circular to all ETUC member organizations.  Brussels, 8th April 2019 Dear colleagues, The ETUC is pleased to send you its new report, ‘New trade union strategies for new forms of employment’, which you will find enclosed. The survey was commissioned by the ETUC and carried out by Professors Countouris and De Stefano to explore options for new legal conceptual frameworks implied by the rise of ‘new forms of employment’, and in particular from the growth of forms of work that fall outside traditional labour and social security protections.
  • 25.02.2019 Publication

    ETUC Programme for the EU Elections 2019

    ETUC Programme
    The European elections – 23-26 May 2019 – will be decisive for working people. The new European Parliament can either make the EU a better place, or undermine the European cooperation built up over many years. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) – with some 45 million working people in 90 trade unions in 38 countries – believes that a fairer Europe for workers is possible, based on democracy and social justice, quality jobs and higher wages, a socially fair and just transitions to a low-carbon and digital economy.
  • 06.02.2019 Publication

    European Social Dialogue - Work Programme 2019-2021

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    The sixth autonomous work programme of the European social partners supports the objectives of the 2016 quadri-partite statement on “A New Start for Social Dialogue1” to strengthen social dialogue at European and national levels; to foster the role and influence of national social partners in the European semester; and to step up capacity building support to national social partners, notably through the European Social Fund. The 2019-2021 Work-Programme addresses the six following priorities:
  • 17.12.2018 Publication

    Boosting unions’ participation to guarantee quality transitions and employment to young people in Europe

    Cover of the report "Boosting unions’ participation to guarantee quality transitions and employment to young people in Europe"
    This report of the ETUC and its Youth Committee contributes to the following aims: Need for a pool of systematic knowledge on what is happening at European and national levels in implementation of EU youth employment policies, with a focus on trade union involvement; provision of comparable cross-national information on existing practices of trade union involvement in EU youth employment policies; creation of a practical toolbox (recommendations) on trade union involvement in youth employment policies.
  • 30.11.2018 Publication

    Building on experience-A win-win approach to transnational industrial relations in multinational companies

    Building on experience-A win-win approach to transnational industrial relations in multinational companies
    In recent years, Transnational Company Agreements (TCA) have become an increasing practice in multinational companies (MNCs). This is the result of the internationalisation of industrial relations in which European and International trade unions on the one hand, and some MNCs, on the other hand, have found a common ground for action. Over the last decade, TCAs drew the attention of EU Institutions and ILO too.
  • 12.11.2018 Publication


    Standards are present everywhere in our daily life. Initially associated with product safety and interoperability, their reach has extended to affect a wide range of issues such as occupational health and safety, competences and training, service provision and privacy at work. Many of these areas are right at the centre of trade union work.
  • 25.10.2018 Publication

    Joint ITUC-Africa/ETUC/ITUC Statement on the EU Economic Partnership Agreements with Central Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa, the East African Community, the Southern African Development Community, and West Africa, and the EU-Africa trade relations

    Trade unions from Africa and Europe have followed with grave concern the negotiation and conclusion of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and regional groupings in Africa. The ITUC-Africa and the ETUC have called for in-depth changes to the content and guiding principles of current EPAs[1] to ensure they promote economic growth and sustainable development, guarantee respect for workers’ rights and universal access to public services and contribute to the full achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.