The ETUI Monthly Forum held on 28 February zeroed in on the European Commission’s programme to streamline EU legislation, known by the abbreviation REFIT (from Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme). Its aim is to simplify or scrap directives and regulations supposed to be an "administrative burden” on business
Highlights of the February issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the following most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:
British researchers have released new evidence of the huge impact of austerity measures on the Greek health system. "Public spending for health in Greece is now less than any of the other pre-2004 European members", they wrote in an article published in the Lancet on 22 February.
The European Parliament (EP) thinks too little attention is paid to bladder cancers, which it dubs "forgotten cancers". The EP quotes WHO figures reporting 120,000 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed in the European Union in 2012, 10% of them thought to be related to exposure at work to toxicants like aromatic amines, chlorinated hydrocarbons and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
The EU Council of Ministers adopted a Directive on 20 February amending five health and safety at work Directives* to the provisions of the European Regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging of chemical substances (CLP Regulation).
At the annual Franco-German government meeting, German and French officials continued their efforts to establish a financial transaction tax (FTT) in Europe despite serious lobbying from the financial sector.
The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) held a training course on work cancers in Naples from 3 to 6 February 2014. Eighteen trade unionists from across Europe considered strategies for tackling the leading cause of “death by work” so as to prevent 100 000 workers dying from carcinogen exposures in the EU each year.
On 10 February 2014, the European Foundation for the improvement of living and working conditions (Eurofound) released a comparative study on working conditions in 33 sectors. Four indicators of job quality – earnings, prospects, intrinsic job quality and working time quality – were reviewed by the Eurofound experts.
Last Sunday, a small majority of Swiss voters decided in favour of the introduction of quotas for migrants from the EU. The outcome of the referendum could have political repercussions on the debate over immigration in other EU countries.
Highlights of the first Collective Bargaining newsletter of 2014 with developments at European and member state level in January:
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