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Lithuanian and Czech trade unions launch anonymous membership schemes

After the systemic transition in Central Eastern Europe, joining a trade union entailed considerable risks. Multinational corporations that had invested in the postsocialist region proved reluctant to grant their new employees extensive participatory rights, and locally established enterprises were largely union-hostile. Under these circumstances, a fear of repression or a job loss often prevented workers from joining company-level labour organisation.

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Key milestone in the fight against occupational cancers

On 11 July 2017, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) approved a draft compromise on revisions to the Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work, negotiated between the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Parliament as part of the first phase of the revision process. The occupational exposure limit values (OELs) set out in this document should ensure that much more is done to protect workers.

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Seven ETUI Eurotrainers recognised and certified by Lille1 University

On 29 June 2017, a landmark day for ETUI Education and trade union training, seven Eurotrainers who have been working directly with the ETUI in recent years had their competences and skills recognised and accredited by Lille1 University in France.

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María Luz Rodríguez, former Spanish vice-Minister of Employment joins the ETUI

María Luz Rodríguez

The ETUI is delighted to welcome María Luz Rodríguez, Associate Professor in Labor and Social Security Law at Castilla-La Mancha University (Spain) as associate researcher for the month of July. She will be conducting a research on crowdworkers and platform capitalism in the framework of the Foresight Unit.

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Slovakia: economic structure bears risk of single-side orientation on automotive sector

Slovakia has in recent years become the worldwide number 1 in car production per capita and the trade unions in the sector have been rather successful in their bargaining. On the other hand, industrial observers notice the vulnerability of an economic structure that is depending on one economic sector.

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Carcinogens Directive as centrepiece of the ETUI’s Seminar on Chemicals

The 13th edition of the ETUI’s annual Seminar on Chemicals was held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on 29 and 30 June 2017. It brought together some 40 trade unionists from 17 countries across the European Union. Revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive was at the heart of the discussions.

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Collective bargaining developments June 2017

collective bargaining newsletter

Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the June issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:

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Czech trade unions call for a pay rise

In recent years, trade unions have repeatedly underlined the need for wage increases in Central-Eastern European countries. One of the most emblematic initiatives in this regard has been the campaign ‘The end of cheap labour in Czechia’, launched in September 2015 by the Czech trade union confederation ČMKOS.

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Europeans united in solidarity

On 20 June, the UK think tank Chatham House published its findings from a survey examining popular perceptions of the European Union. The survey – which was unique in that it polled both members of the general public and representatives of the elite – revealed a consensus on the need for solidarity between EU Member States which bodes well for Europe’s future, but also a profound divide on the topic of immigration.

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The ETUC calls the European Union to tackle work-related musculoskeletal disorders

On 27 June, the European Trade Union Confederation has launched under the banner “Work shouldn't hurt” a call to the European union to address more seriously musculoskeletal disorders.

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