After years of harsh austerity policies, the European Union remains confronted with anaemic growth, high unemployment, rising poverty and growing divergences between countries and social groups. No wonder that the recent European elections highlighted citizens’ doubts and fears about of the EU’s current political and social course. Therefore, it is high time for fresh ideas and real alternatives. Even the new Commission president recently mentioned the need for a new start for Europe. But which new start? Which new path should the EU choose?
Belgium’s socialist transport workers’ union BTB-UBOT has handed the authorities the names of 85 companies hiring drivers at well below Belgian minimum wage rates via Eastern European subsidiaries.
Given the need to jumpstart growth and tackle Europe’s unemployment and investment crisis, this year’s edition of Social developments in the European Union advocates a complete reorientation of the EU’s socio-economic policies. The fifteenth annual report on the state of social Europe, written by the European Social Observatory (OSE) and published by the ETUI, was launched at a well-attended conference at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels on 1 July.
Highlights of the June issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the following most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:
News 28 May 2014
Course on line, 1 Oct - 31 Mar 2015
15 Sep 2014
London, Wolfson Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, New Academic Building
24 Sep - 26 Sep 2014
Hotel Thon Europe, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
1 Jul 2014
European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Building Van Maerlant, Room VM3, rue Van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels; 9h30-16h00
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