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25/07/2016

Letterbox-type practices lead to the exploitation of workers across the EU

As part of the ETUC-run project on letterbox companies, a report has been published earlier this month that documents tax avoidance and breaches of labour law and social security regulations in meat production, international road transport, car manufacturing and construction.

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20/07/2016

When negotiating the 'new world of work', best to avoid naivety

The emergence of a 'new world of work' interferes with traditional forms of work organisation. There is an underlying risk for the workers' movement to lose control on matters as crucial as working hours and working arrangements. Are traditional collective bargaining systems still the proper tool for regulating the new world of work? From a trade union perspective, it was clearly one of the most challenging questions on the agenda at the ETUI conference 'Shaping the new world of work', held in Brussels in June.

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14/07/2016

Workers and chemicals: 12th ETUI seminar

The 12th edition of the ETUI’s annual seminar on chemicals and worker protection took place from 30 June to 1 July 2016. It brought together some 40 trade union members from across Europe with a view to coordinating trade union action on the current revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive.

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14/07/2016

The OECD confirms the drop in unemployment but wages remain stagnant

In its annual report on the employment outlook, published on 7 July, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) welcomed the further reduction in unemployment but expressed concern about the stagnation of wages.

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6/07/2016

A French report confirms the severe health effects of night work

Working night shifts leads to sleep and metabolic disorders, and even severe diseases, according to a study published on 22 June by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES).

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5/07/2016

Collective Bargaining developments June 2016

Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the June issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:

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30/06/2016

The ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’ scrutinised by ETUI lawyers

On 8 March 2016 the European Commission launched a public consultation on its ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’ project. Anyone and everyone is invited to respond online to four questions on the substance of the Commission’s text and to six open questions on the current state and future challenges of the EU with regard to social matters. In an ETUI report, published online on 23 June, two lawyers provide a detailed legal analysis and critique of the Commission’s text. Their main fear is that the exercise may be diverted from its original objectives – improving social rights – in order to pursue solely economic objectives.

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30/06/2016

Where do we go from here? Day 3 Conference 'Shaping the new world of work'

The final day of the ETUC-ETUI Conference on Shaping the New World of Work looked to the future, and how policy-makers, employers and trade unions can best tackle the challenges of digitalisation.

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29/06/2016

There should be no 'digital losers', say trade unions. Shaping the New World of Work: Day 2

Oettinger

“We are living through a digital revolution,” believes Gunther Oettinger, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society. Digital services are transforming every sector of our lives.

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28/06/2016

From tomorrow's vision to today's trade union actions - Day 1 Conference Shaping the new world of work

conference shaping the new world of work

Trade unions must be closely involved in the evolution of a new, climate-friendly global economy based on Internet connectivity and new technologies. World-famous American economist and government adviser Jeremy Rifkin set out his vision for the third industrial revolution at the three-day Shaping the New World of Work conference in Brussels on 27 June, organised by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).

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