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18/07/2014

Social dumping: Belgian unions hit out at transport sector fraud

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.

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3/07/2014

Social developments report 2013: blueprint for a new European social agenda

Social developments

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.

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3/07/2014

Collective Bargaining June 2014

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:

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27/06/2014

Workplace chemicals: ETUI puts RISCTOX database online

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.

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27/06/2014

Working conditions in the Eastern Europe textile sector not better than in Asia

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.

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16/06/2014

6th Annual TURI conference, 23-24 June 2014, Sofia

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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16/06/2014

45% of EU citizens aged over 50 would like to reduce their working time

On 15 June, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) released a Policy Brief on ageing workers and their expectations in relation to working time organization. The findings reveal considerable variation according to country and workers’ qualifications.

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13/06/2014

A policy wasteland: the strategic framework on health and safety at work 2014-2020

European Social Affairs Commissioner László Andor put forward a Communication – the "Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work" - on 6 June 2014. It sets the seal on the policy followed by the two Barroso Commissions since 2004, but veers away from the aim of levelling-up working conditions in the European Union.

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12/06/2014

June issue of ETUI e-newsletter

newsletter

The June issue of our general e-newsletter focuses in its editorial on our upcoming ETUC-ETUI conference (24-26 September) on jobs and quality employment, the main challenge for the new European Parliament and the Commission. It also provides links to all our latest publications, as well as recent and forthcoming events.

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10/06/2014

ILO report calls for quality jobs

"Countries that invested the most in quality jobs from the early 2000s grew nearly one percentage point faster every year since 2007 than other developing and emerging economies", says the International Labour Organisation in its annual report on the world of work.

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