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30/09/2016

ETUI course on precarious work and trade union renewal

Together with the Italian trade union UIL and the Belgian FGTB/ABVV, the ETUI organised a course on ‘Precarious Work and Trade Union Renewal’ that took place in Rome from 20th to 22nd September.

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29/09/2016

European trade unions' experts evaluate and plan the next steps on health and safety at work

From 8 to 9 September, in Vienna the ETUI organised its annual Strategic Seminar ‘Together for Health and Safety’. This thirteenth meeting gathered the members of the Workers’ Interest Group (WIG) of the Advisory Committee for Safety and Health at Work (ACSH).

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21/09/2016

Doubling of the resources allocated to the ‘Juncker plan’: no panacea

In his ‘state of the Union’ speech to the European Parliament on 14 September Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker announced that the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) would be doubled by 2022. According to one ETUI researcher, this is a positive development but not enough.

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16/09/2016

Almost three-quarters of Belgians are in favour of trade unions

72 per cent of Belgians have a positive view of trade unions. That is the main finding of a university survey of around 1,900 voters conducted between October 2014 and June 2015.

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15/09/2016

Cancer: main cause of death in western Europe

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It’s official. Cancer is now the main cause of death in western Europe, overtaking cardiovascular diseases. That is the main conclusion of a study published in August 2016 by the European Heart Journal.

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6/09/2016

Strikes: a weapon deployed less and less by the unions

The latest edition of Transfer, the ETUI’s research quarterly that looks in particular at industrial relations, focuses on the strikes and trade union actions that have taken place in Europe since the start of the economic crisis. The university researchers who contributed to this issue have drawn up a map of widely contrasting hues, and considerable variations among countries and sectors. One general trend has emerged, however: trade unions are calling fewer strike actions than they did in the past, particularly at company level.

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5/09/2016

Collective Bargaining developments July/August 2016

The summer edition of the collective bargaining newsletter is out. Here are the most important developments at European and member state level:

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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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