Social dumping has become one of the most pressing political and social concerns in the EU as it exerts downward pressure on wages and working conditions. A new ETUI working paper provides a definition of social dumping, explores the mechanisms underlying these practices and demonstrates how the EU’s internal market policies and the enlargement process have provided market actors with new incentives and opportunities to circumvent social regulations.
The XXth World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, held in Frankfurt (Germany) from 24-27 August, brought together nearly 4,000 participants. The ETUI was represented by Aida Ponce Del Castillo, the head of the ETUI Working Conditions, Health & Safety unit.
The ETUI will participate in a new research project on the causes and consequences of the inclusion of labour provisions in preferential trade agreements (PTAs). The project is financed by the Swiss Network for International Studies and includes several other consortium members (e.g. the ILO).
After years of harsh austerity policies, the European Union remains confronted with anaemic growth, high unemployment, rising poverty and growing divergences between countries and social groups. No wonder that the recent European elections highlighted citizens’ doubts and fears about of the EU’s current political and social course. Therefore, it is high time for fresh ideas and real alternatives. Even the new Commission president recently mentioned the need for a new start for Europe. But which new start? Which new path should the EU choose?
Belgium’s socialist transport workers’ union BTB-UBOT has handed the authorities the names of 85 companies hiring drivers at well below Belgian minimum wage rates via Eastern European subsidiaries.
Given the need to jumpstart growth and tackle Europe’s unemployment and investment crisis, this year’s edition of Social developments in the European Union advocates a complete reorientation of the EU’s socio-economic policies. The fifteenth annual report on the state of social Europe, written by the European Social Observatory (OSE) and published by the ETUI, was launched at a well-attended conference at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels on 1 July.
Highlights of the June issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the following most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:
The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) has joined with the Spanish Trade Union Institute ISTAS to develop the RISCTOX chemicals database. Workers can now access data cards through the ETUI website on 100,000-odd chemicals.
In early June, the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) demonstrated in a report that working and pay conditions in the textile industry from four countries belonging to the European Union, and six other on its boarders, are similar to those experienced by their colleagues in Asia.
The 2014 conference of the Trade Union-related Research Institutes (TURI) network will take place on 23 and 24 June in Sofia, Bulgaria. It will be hosted by the two Bulgarian members of the network - ISTUR and ISETUR.
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