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30/10/2014

Unions and psychosocial risks: findings of a project in four southern European countries

The findings of a project on psychosocial risks done in 12 firms in four Mediterranean countries (France, Italy, Spain and Turkey) were unveiled to a forty-strong audience in Brussels on 14 and 15 October. The scheme was coordinated by the Spanish trade union institute Istas partnered by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). Entitled E-Impro, the initiative aimed at identifying specific barriers and drivers in participative psychosocial risk (PSR) prevention processes at company level to achieve a healthier work organization.

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27/10/2014

Education Day and Education Conference: Strengthening worker participation through education – train 2 participate

The role of training in strengthening worker participation took centre stage at the ETUI’s Education day and Education Conference (Sofia, 22-24 Oct). This coincided with renewed efforts of the ETUI to increase its training activities for European Works Councils (EWC) and SE Works Councils.

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24/10/2014

Unions kick off global transport ‘safe rates’ campaign

A worldwide campaign for safe pay rates for transport workers was launched in late August by the sector’s global union federation ITF. The ‘Safe rates and a safe industry- we’re in, are you?’ campaign is modelled on a highly successful initiative by Australian truck drivers. In 2012, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) won an Australia-wide safe rates law, intended to protect drivers from pressure to work long hours, speed or take drugs just to keep going.

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23/10/2014

Energy-climate 2030: the need for a just transition

Europe’s future energy and climate targets are on the agenda of the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels on 23 and 24 October. European trade unions have expressed their support for strong greenhouse-gas-reduction policies, while calling also for social measures to accompany the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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20/10/2014

REFIT: Commission red tape-cutting expert group at odds

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A group of experts advising the European Commission on its programme to reduce administrative burdens on business published its final report on 14 October. It makes twelve recommendations, including exempting SMEs and micro-enterprises from obligations under EU law. The report is anything but unanimous, though - four members of the fifteen-strong group have released a "dissenting opinion"

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20/10/2014

From EU 2020 to SEE 2020 or why adaptation is necessary in a different societal context

The new issue (1/2014) of SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe focuses on integration and sovereignty in eastern Europe. The bulk of articles in this issue comes very timely, at a point when Europe is being dominated by an increasing uncertainty and insecurity, a period in which some see the opening of a new geopolitics.

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14/10/2014

Nearly half the world’s elderly get no pension (ILO report)

Close to half (48 per cent) of people over pensionable age in the world do not receive a pension, according to an ILO report released in late September. And those who do get one do not get enough to adequately cover their health and old age-related problems.

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10/10/2014

"Better regulation is not deregulation", says probable future Commission First Vice-President

“Better regulation is not deregulation; it is not ideologically driven. It is about reducing unnecessary ‘red tape’, especially for SMEs; it is about making it easier for people to start a business, to hire more staff, to create more jobs”, said Frans Timmermans at his European Parliament hearing on 7 October.

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7/10/2014

Collective Bargaining September 2014

Highlights of the September issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the following most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:

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6/10/2014

Wages and collective bargaining during the European economic crisis – developments in the European manufacturing industry

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In a recent study produced for industriAll – European Trade Union, Thorsten Schulten (WSI) and Torsten Müller (ETUI) analyse collective bargaining developments in the European manufacturing industry.

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