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ILO report: EU investment plan must focus on quality jobs

30 January 2015

The International Labour Organization (ILO) published on 28 January the report "An Employment-Oriented Investment Strategy for Europe" according to which over 2.1 million new jobs could be generated under the three-year investment plan put forward by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

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Up to 6,000 carcinogens, mutagens and reprotoxins floating around EU

30 January 2015

According to figures notified to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), 5,675 chemicals that manufacturers/importers consider to be carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) can be found on the European market.

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Challenging discrimination at work

28 January 2015

The latest issue of Transfer, the Research Quarterly of the ETUI’s Research Department focuses on discrimination experienced by migrants, ethnic minorities and posted workers, and on how trade unions are responding to the challenges of racism at work.

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The ECB’s Quantitative Easing

27 January 2015

On 22 January 22, Mario Draghi announced that the ECB will engage in a long-awaited QE (quantitative easing) programme, starting on March 1st. The programme will build on the already running asset purchase programme and extend to purchases of bonds issued by euro area central governments, agencies and European institutions.

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Sustainability in the Steel Industry

27 January 2015

On 15-16 January 2015 the ETUI held a seminar in Brussels on worker participation and sustainability in the European steel industry. More than 40 worker representatives from the steel sector, including European Works Council members and board members from steel companies attended the meeting.

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European Citizens’ Initiatives: strengths and limits of a new form of direct democracy

24 January 2015

Since 2012 European citizens have gained the right to place a topic on the European agenda provided they succeed in collecting one million signatures from at least seven member states within a year. This target was met by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) which in 2012 launched the European citizen initiative (ECI) ‘Right to Water’. Can this mechanism, an innovation enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty, seriously be expected to foster direct democracy in Europe? The issue was debated on 22 January on the occasion of an ETUI monthly forum.

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Unemployment rising further; wealth becoming increasingly concentrated

21 January 2015

According to the new ILO report World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2015 published on 20 January, unemployment will continue to rise in the coming years due to slower growth and widening inequality.

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The European Trade Union Institute is the independent research and training centre of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) which itself affiliates European trade unions into a single European umbrella organisation. The ETUI places its expertise – acquired in particular in the context of its links with universities, academic and expert networks – in the service of workers’ interests at European level and of the strengthening of the social dimension of the European Union. Read more

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