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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
“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.
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:
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.
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.
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