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