On Friday 28 April, the international trade union movement will be holding its annual Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers. This year, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) will denounce the impact of discrimination on workers’ health and safety.
On 26 April 2017 the European Commission will finally issue its long-awaited proposal on the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). The EPSR will be accompanied by an impressive number of social initiatives.
Economists Philippe Askenazy and Christine Erhel believe that the measures introduced to increase flexibility in the labour market are not unconnected with the drop in labour productivity recorded since 2008 in the OECD countries, and specifically in the major European economies.
In the framework of the recent events in Hungary concerning the Central European University (CEU), the ETUI has written a letter of solidarity with the CES addressed to the university’s President and Rector Michael lgnatieff.
Between 2003 and 2015, the number of flexible workers in the Netherlands increased from 2.1 million to 3.2 million, making it the country with the sixth highest percentage of flexible workers, behind Poland, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy.
Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the March issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:
On 16 February 2017, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) published a joint report on the benefits and drawbacks of teleworking. Entitled ‘Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work’, it reviews the impact on workers’ health of digital technologies used from home for work purposes in 15 countries, including 10 EU Member States.
In its recently released report ‘Benchmarking Working Europe 2017’, the ETUI has reviewed the state of play on social dialogue and workers’ rights by examining the Commission’s 2017 Work Programme, jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice, and by delving into a wide range of data from both within and outside the ETUI.
On Monday 13 March, a debate organised by the ETUI in Brussels between representatives of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the European Commission and the European think tank Bruegel to mark the publication of a new ETUI report (Benchmarking Working Europe 2017, which analyses the state of working Europe) focused on the lag in economic recovery, social inequalities and the urgent need for a genuinely social Europe.
At the ETUI Monthly Forum which took place on Monday 13 March, Tim Jackson – British economist and author of the best-selling book Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet – presented the main take-aways from the latest edition of his book and called for the paradigm of growth to be cast aside once and for all, and for investment to be redirected towards sectors which promote well-being.