Across the EU, young people are continuing to face a number of significant challenges to enter and get a stable position in the labour market.
They do not easily obtain good quality jobs with decent wages and are still faced with significant exclusion from regular employment, good-quality education, training opportunities as well as adequate inclusion and coverage in the national social protection systems.
Young women and migrants are particularly affected. This results in significant challenges for young people to secure a stable foothold in good quality employment.
Following different projects with partners such us ETUI and ITC-ILO, and building on contributions from member organisations and individuals across Europe, ETUC Youth Committee in cooperation with FES presents a guide with recommendations on how to engage young people in the work of trade unions.
The guide explores existing good practices and new ways how to stop the trade union membership decline which is an existing threat in 27 out of 31 analysed countries.
COORDINATION OF TRADE UNION ORGANISATIONS OF THE “CONO SUR”(CCSCS)
EUROPEAN TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION (ETUC)
JOINT STATEMENT ON THE BI-REGIONAL ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND MERCOSUR
Summary of the Joint Statement
The ETUC and the CCSCS reject the Agreement in its current state due to the fact that:
JOINT APPEAL ON THE INCLUSION OF A HUMAN RIGHTS CLAUSE
IN THE EU-CHINA COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT ON INVESTMENT
To the attention of:
Commissioner for Trade, Mr. Valdis Dombrovskis
President of the European Council, Mr. Charles Michel
President of the European Commission, Mrs. Ursula von der Leyen
President of the European Parliament, Mr. David Sassoli
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mr. Josep Borrell
Members of the European Parliament
A People’s Recovery
Everybody on board for a fairer, greener & digital future!
ETUC acknowledges the efforts made to create a €750 billion European Union recovery plan on top of the EU’s long-term budget (ie MFF). Although not enough it represents a much better response to the COVID crisis than the EU’s austerity-driven response to the 2008 financial crisis. With 45 million workers at risk of unemployment the stakes are very high.
Joint statement of the European and Ukrainian trade unions on the occasion of the EU-Ukraine Summit, 6 October 2020.
According to the terms of the AA and DCFTA, Ukraine must implement international labour norms in law and in practice, ensure freedom of association and collective bargaining in particular, strengthen social dialogue and capacities of social partners, and gradually align its legislation with the EU Acquis in the field of employment, remuneration, social policies and equal opportunities. These obligations currently are not respected by Ukraine.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
The report on “Company Law, Artificial Corporate Entities and Social Policy” by Jan Cremers was published In the framework of the project “Company Mobility and Workers Representatives in Company Boards”.
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.
The study set out to map best practices on work-life balance (WLB) agreements negotiated by social partners in 10 Member States: Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
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.
CONO SUR TRADE UNION ORGANISATIONS COORDINATOR (CCSCS)
EUROPEAN TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION (ETUC)
JOINT STATEMENT ON NEGOTIATIONS FOR A BI-REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND MERCOSUR
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) . 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.
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
Circular to all ETUC member organizations.
Brussels, 8th April 2019
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.
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.