European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.

Union campaigning

Asbestos has already caused the deaths of thousands of European workers, and is expected to kill another 500 000 in Western Europe by 2030. The labour movement was slow to wake up to this tragedy, but trade unions have stepped up campaigning since the early 2000s. The jolt to action seems to have gone beyond the specific case of asbestos. The adoption of REACH and the European trade union agenda’s embracing of sustainable development seem to be prompting other actions to reduce workers’ exposure to carcinogens.