The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), an organization answerable to the European Commission, released on 25th November a report investigating the impact of the crisis on Europeans' access to healthcare services.
The ETUI Monthly Forum debate, held on 28 November, on a future Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership provided no clear answers to important questions on the social impact of such an agreement between the US and the EU. Whereas the economic experts used econometric models in an attempt to prove that the TTIP would have substantial benefits in terms of growth and jobs, trade union commentators and representatives remained sceptical about these trade negotiations.
The special report of the latest issue of HesaMag looks at workers' exposure to chemical risks. Six years after the REACH Regulation came onto the books, is Europe’s chemicals market now kinder to health and the environment?
More than 100 trade union representatives met in Madrid to discuss the future of the European trade union movement and the threat of austerity during the ETUI’s Education Day (‘Eduday’) on 20 November. The debates focused on the impact of the EU’s austerity policies, the threat to European democracy and the EU’s social model as well as the role of trade union education as a key instrument to solve Europe’s crisis.
The ETUI held a conference entitled “Getting Europe back to Work: Alternatives to Austerity” on 6 November in Brussels when ETUI and academic researchers unveiled the results of their recent work on policies for consolidating Greek public finances and the impact of austerity measures on the job market and collective bargaining systems.
As the employment situation worsens in a growing number of European states, support for austerity programmes is dwindling. But how else might Europe be lifted out of the economic and social crisis it has been mired in for six years? This is what the ETUI asked a panel of representatives from the trade unions, international organizations, business and the press at a conference in Brussels on 6 November entitled "Getting Europe back to Work: Alternatives to Austerity".
On 20, 21 and 22 November, Madrid will be the venue for the ETUI’s annual education conference. This yearly event consists of a public debate day (‘EduDay’) and a two-day conference for trade union trainers (‘EduConf’).
To coincide with the EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces Summit, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a new section of its website dedicated to workers and their safety representatives. It is developed in co-operation with the European Trade Unions’ Confederation and other stakeholder organisations accredited at ECHA.
Happiness and optimism levels have fallen and perceived social exclusion has increased between 2007 and 2011, has found a survey carried out by the European foundation for the improvement of living and working conditions (Eurofound).
The European Commission will on Wednesday 13 November present its Annual Growth Survey, kicking off the fourth European Semester by defining the economic priorities for the EU and its member states for the coming year. On the same day, it will also release its annual draft Joint Employment Report, which will provide an overview of labour market developments and reforms.
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