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19/08/2014

New project on labour provisions in international trade agreements

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The ETUI will participate in a new research project on the causes and consequences of the inclusion of labour provisions in preferential trade agreements (PTAs). The project is financed by the Swiss Network for International Studies and includes several other consortium members (e.g. the ILO).

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30/07/2014

ETUI-ETUC Crossroads conference to debate new social start for Europe

Europe at a crossroads

After years of harsh austerity policies, the European Union remains confronted with anaemic growth, high unemployment, rising poverty and growing divergences between countries and social groups. No wonder that the recent European elections highlighted citizens’ doubts and fears about of the EU’s current political and social course. Therefore, it is high time for fresh ideas and real alternatives. Even the new Commission president recently mentioned the need for a new start for Europe. But which new start? Which new path should the EU choose?

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18/07/2014

Social dumping: Belgian unions hit out at transport sector fraud

Belgium’s socialist transport workers’ union BTB-UBOT has handed the authorities the names of 85 companies hiring drivers at well below Belgian minimum wage rates via Eastern European subsidiaries.

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3/07/2014

Social developments report 2013: blueprint for a new European social agenda

Social developments

Given the need to jumpstart growth and tackle Europe’s unemployment and investment crisis, this year’s edition of Social developments in the European Union advocates a complete reorientation of the EU’s socio-economic policies. The fifteenth annual report on the state of social Europe, written by the European Social Observatory (OSE) and published by the ETUI, was launched at a well-attended conference at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels on 1 July.

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3/07/2014

Collective Bargaining June 2014

Highlights of the June issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the following most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:

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27/06/2014

Workplace chemicals: ETUI puts RISCTOX database online

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) has joined with the Spanish Trade Union Institute ISTAS to develop the RISCTOX chemicals database. Workers can now access data cards through the ETUI website on 100,000-odd chemicals.

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27/06/2014

Working conditions in the Eastern Europe textile sector not better than in Asia

In early June, the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) demonstrated in a report that working and pay conditions in the textile industry from four countries belonging to the European Union, and six other on its boarders, are similar to those experienced by their colleagues in Asia.

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16/06/2014

6th Annual TURI conference, 23-24 June 2014, Sofia

The 2014 conference of the Trade Union-related Research Institutes (TURI) network will take place on 23 and 24 June in Sofia, Bulgaria. It will be hosted by the two Bulgarian members of the network - ISTUR and ISETUR.

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16/06/2014

45% of EU citizens aged over 50 would like to reduce their working time

On 15 June, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) released a Policy Brief on ageing workers and their expectations in relation to working time organization. The findings reveal considerable variation according to country and workers’ qualifications.

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13/06/2014

A policy wasteland: the strategic framework on health and safety at work 2014-2020

European Social Affairs Commissioner László Andor put forward a Communication – the "Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work" - on 6 June 2014. It sets the seal on the policy followed by the two Barroso Commissions since 2004, but veers away from the aim of levelling-up working conditions in the European Union.

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