The findings of a project on psychosocial risks done in 12 firms in four Mediterranean countries (France, Italy, Spain and Turkey) were unveiled to a forty-strong audience in Brussels on 14 and 15 October. The scheme was coordinated by the Spanish trade union institute Istas partnered by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). Entitled E-Impro, the initiative aimed at identifying specific barriers and drivers in participative psychosocial risk (PSR) prevention processes at company level to achieve a healthier work organization.
The role of training in strengthening worker participation took centre stage at the ETUI’s Education day and Education Conference (Sofia, 22-24 Oct). This coincided with renewed efforts of the ETUI to increase its training activities for European Works Councils (EWC) and SE Works Councils.
A worldwide campaign for safe pay rates for transport workers was launched in late August by the sector’s global union federation ITF. The ‘Safe rates and a safe industry- we’re in, are you?’ campaign is modelled on a highly successful initiative by Australian truck drivers. In 2012, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) won an Australia-wide safe rates law, intended to protect drivers from pressure to work long hours, speed or take drugs just to keep going.
Europe’s future energy and climate targets are on the agenda of the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels on 23 and 24 October. European trade unions have expressed their support for strong greenhouse-gas-reduction policies, while calling also for social measures to accompany the transition to a low-carbon economy.
A group of experts advising the European Commission on its programme to reduce administrative burdens on business published its final report on 14 October. It makes twelve recommendations, including exempting SMEs and micro-enterprises from obligations under EU law. The report is anything but unanimous, though - four members of the fifteen-strong group have released a "dissenting opinion"
The new issue (1/2014) of SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe focuses on integration and sovereignty in eastern Europe. The bulk of articles in this issue comes very timely, at a point when Europe is being dominated by an increasing uncertainty and insecurity, a period in which some see the opening of a new geopolitics.
Close to half (48 per cent) of people over pensionable age in the world do not receive a pension, according to an ILO report released in late September. And those who do get one do not get enough to adequately cover their health and old age-related problems.
Course Brussels, Hotel Marivaux, 27 Jan - 29 Jan 2015
Course On line, 1 Oct - 31 Mar 2015
21 Nov 2014
Residence Palace (room Polak), 155 Rue de la Loi, 1040 Bruxelles, 14-16h
11 Dec 2014
ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7 floor
4 Sep 2014
Please note - New venue: ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7 floor; 12h30-14h
27 May 2014
ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, room B, 12h30-14h
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