A new ETUI policy brief shows that the economic benefits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have been seriously exaggerated. The brief supports the idea of an alternative globalisation agenda which would enshrine higher labour and environmental standards in global trade negotiations.
The last day of the ETUI-ETUC conference on 'Europe at a Crossroads' terminated in a lively debate between ETUC General Secretary Bernadette Ségol and BusinessEurope Director General Markus Beyrer, moderated by Jacki Davis.
Good jobs and a fairer, more equal society were the recurrent themes of the second day of the ETUI-ETUC conference: Europe at a Crossroads.
Europe is at a crossroads, and if decision-makers fail to take the right policy direction, focusing on people, jobs and growth and avoiding the errors of the past five years, the European Union itself will be at risk.
The future of jobs and prosperity will be the focus of a major 3-day ETUC-ETUI conference starting today in Brussels. EU incoming Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, outgoing Employment Commissioner László Andor and EU Parliament President Martin Schulz will feature in the opening debate on the future of employment and growth on 24 September.
A new ETUI working paper refutes the view that the EU’s unemployment crisis can best be solved by labour market ‘flexibility’ policies reducing employment protection and lowering wages.
From the early years of the 21st century, increasing the employment rate of older workers, in particular women, became one of the European Union’s priorities. In recent years, policies to keep people in employment have made it possible to increase the employment rate among female workers aged over 50. Yet the authors of A gender perspective on older workers’ employment and working conditions, published by the ETUI in September 2014, qualify this observation by pointing out that the trend in question is to some extent the result of a financial constraint.
Two new ETUI policy briefs argue that certain elements of EU internal market regulation, in particular the rules on labour mobility, employee posting and the freedom of establishment, mayrepresent a threat to national labour and employment standards and encourage social dumping.
The annual strategic meeting of the Workers’ group of the Advisory Committee for Safety and Health at Work took place in Rome on 11 and 12 September 2014. This seminar is organised once a year by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) to coordinate trade union actions in the field of occupational health and safety across Europe. The meeting was attended by some 50 trade unionists from 24 European countries.
Highlights of this double issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the following most important developments at European and member state level over the summer:
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