In Europe almost one worker in four (23 per cent) believes that their work represents a risk to their health, according to the first results of the European inquiry into working conditions, presented in Luxembourg on 24 November.
The ‘knowledge society’ is failing to get rid of ‘hard work’, Ursula Holtgrewe declares in a recent volume dedicated to growth sectors in Europe. At a public presentation of the book on 17 November at ETUI the sociologist, from Johannes Kepler University, Linz (Austria), showed that the EU was struggling to get ‘quality’ and ‘quantity’ into line.
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) held the Healthy Workplaces 2015 Summit in Bilbao on 3-4 November. ETUI researchers Viktor Kempa and Aida Ponce Del Castillo took part in the debates focused on strategies for managing psychosocial risks in the workplace.
International technical standards, whether ISO or otherwise, are to be found everywhere in everyday life, often without our noticing it. They affect more than 80 per cent of commercial transactions and thus play a major role in the global economy. Besides the commercial dimension these standards also have a direct impact on health, safety and the environment, as illustrated by machine safety standards.
On 4 November the French Government outlined its reform of the Labour Code. While retaining key principles such as the 35-hour week, the plan is to simplify the text “to create a more favourable environment for hiring”.
On 13 November the Parliament of the canton of Geneva passed a law creating a Joint Labour Inspectorate (Inspection paritaire de l’emploi – IPE). This law allows trade union representatives to visit businesses in order to check their compliance with labour legislation.
The November issue of Transfer, the Research Quarterly of the ETUI’s Research Department, contains four articles that all deal with challenges and dilemmas that are at the core of the academic debate on trade unions as well as at the heart of the debate within the trade union movement.
Find here the following most important developments at European and member state level from the October issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:
During the last ETUI Monthly Forum, Ilaria Maselli, Research Fellow at CEPS, and Frank Vandenbroucke, of the Catholic University of Leuven, discussed the added value of a European unemployment benefit scheme. They presented a preliminary assessment of a research project funded by the European Commission which studies the feasibility and desirability of establishing a European unemployment benefit scheme (EUBS).
The European Environmental Agency (EEA) released the "Trends and projections in Europe 2015". The report states that greenhouse gas emissions in Europe decreased by 23% between 1990 and 2014 and reached the lowest levels on record and that the EU is moving towards emissions reduction target of at least 40% in 2030.
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