To mark the Twentieth Anniversary of Transfer – the European Review of Labour and Research, a seminar took place on 3 July in the framework of the SASE 2015 conference at the LSE in London.
The journal Ciencias do Trabalho published by the DIEESE, the joint research institute of the Brazilian trade union movement, brings together in a recent issue a selection of articles on trade union action in the field of occupational health and safety. ETUI researcher Laurent Vogel contributed to this initiative.
On 24 June 2015 the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Committee of the Regions (CoR) called upon the European Commission and EU Member States to establish registers of buildings containing asbestos and to devise action plans for safe asbestos removal.
Analysis of the data collected by the French working conditions survey 2013 is contained in a recently issued report. On the one hand, the various forms of constraint that contribute to work intensity have been increasing steadily over the last 30 years; on the other, for an increasing number of workers the experience of work intensity is generated by several constraints of differing kinds.
In France in recent years the debate on Germany has turned into a focus of attention that has polarised the world of politics and the media. Last month saw the publication of a new book on the famous – or infamous? – ‘German model’. This slim volume, extremely well documented and accessible to readers lacking a specialist understanding of economics, has the merit of providing some of the facts and figures needed to sober down the debate.
What kind of social and labour clauses will be incorporated into the European Union’s new trade agreements? In securing Pascal Lamy as its guest speaker on this topic, the ETUI found the man probably best equipped to provide an enlightened response to this question thanks to his in-depth knowledge and long experience of the corridors and complexities of international trade. The former head of the WTO reiterated his conviction that free trade and social progress can and must go hand in hand.
More than 40 trade unionists from 14 European countries attended the ETUI’s annual seminar on chemical substances held in Dublin on 25 and 26 June last. An important focus of this 11th edition of the event was the risks linked to exposure to pesticides in the agriculture sector.
On 18 and 19 June 2015, the Spanish association of academic industrial relations and labour science research centres held its second congress in Bilbao. The focus of the gathering – in which researchers from some 30 different universities took part – was the study of industrial relations from the standpoint of the demand for a transition towards a social economy as an embodiment of solidarity.
Psychosocial and musculoskeletal risk factors are the most widespread in Europe’s workplaces, according to the Second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-2). The results of this survey — which collected responses from almost 50,000 workplaces — were unveiled on 23 June at the European Parliament.
Deteriorating working conditions, lack of staff, job burnout: the health sector has been experiencing a serious crisis for a number of years. Across Europe, the trade unions are ringing alarm bells. The health of their members is at serious risk. The latest issue of HesaMag, published in mid-June, takes stock of the current general health of the nursing profession.
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