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11/04/2014

Scathing verdict on European work health policy

France’s Santé & Travail magazine, which has close ties to health insurance organizations, joined with the ETUI’s dedicated health at work magazine HesaMag in a joint survey of how much work health is featuring in the run-up to May’s Euro-elections. Santé & Travail asked several MEPs for their verdict on the legislature now ending.

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8/04/2014

Collective Bargaining developments March 2014

Highlights of the March 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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7/04/2014

Plea for a new, more social Europe

Germany’s Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, a foundation with trade union links, held a conference for a social Europe on 2 and 3 April ahead of the coming European elections in May. The event was organized in conjunction with the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and the Otto Brenner and Friedrich Ebert foundations. The proceedings kicked off with nothing short of a call to action by Süddeutsche Zeitung leader writer Heribert Prantl for a new more social Europe in touch with all its citizens.

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31/03/2014

Rubbish conditions for waste management workers?

HesaMag waste recycling

Few would argue against improving waste management and increasing recycling rates, but jobs in this sector are often precarious and poorly paid. At the occasion of the launch of a special HesaMag report on working conditions in the waste and recycling sector on 27 March, the ETUI invited trade union officials, academics and NGOs to its conference ‘Green jobs – safe jobs’ to discuss the issue and see what needs to change.

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26/03/2014

Waste and recycling: workers at risk?

waste and recycling

The latest issue of ETUI's HesaMag focuses on working conditions in the waste and recycling industries in Europe. The launch of this special issue will be accompanied this Thursday 27 March in Brussels by a conference titled "Green jobs - safe jobs? Jobs and the environment in the waste and recycling sectors"

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24/03/2014

Benchmarking Working Europe 2014: Europe needs a fundamental change of course

Benchmarking Working Europe 2014

Nearly five years into the Europe 2020 strategy, the EU’s focus on austerity and deregulation is failing to deliver. Growth remains fragile, unemployment has surged to record heights, poverty has risen to unacceptable levels, inequality has grown, social rights are being undermined and the EU has lost its global leadership in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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23/03/2014

International conference explores new frontiers for citizenship at work

Several ETUI researchers will participate in this year's international conference organised by the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) on the new frontiers for citizenship at work. This conference will take place at HEC Montréal from Monday 12 May to Wednesday 14 2014.

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21/03/2014

Questions about the legality of the Troika

Troika austerity

Since the outset of the financial and economic crisis, some EU Member States, under the pressure of the ‘Troika’ composed of the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), have been pursuing a strict retrenchment or austerity policy on the basis of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs).

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20/03/2014

OECD report calls for ‘more effective social policies’

A new OECD report published this week says that despite an overall improving global economy, the pressure on public spending in many countries will make it increasingly difficult to cope with the social challenges caused by the crisis.

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10/03/2014

Europe 2020 strategy off target for employment and poverty goals

Europe 2020

The European Commission presented last week a mid-term evaluation of its Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The stock-taking exercise shows that the EU is not on track to reach its goals of increasing the population’s employment rate and reducing poverty.

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