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The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and employment relation


This new book, ‘The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and employment relation’ deals with fundamental social rights at European level and how they are applied in the world of work. The book’s focus on employment relations in the context of Charter is something novel and no previous work has tackled this in such a comprehensive way. The book puts the principle that ‘labour rights are human rights’ at its center and aims at increasing awareness on social rights within the European Union.

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Bridging the divide between climate science and public acceptance

In late August, the coordinator of the Belgian environmental association Arbeid & Milieu contacted the ETUI, to ask whether we could co-organise a lecture by the renown Canadian climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. Nobody could imagine that it would attract an audience of more than 200 people. Katharine Hayhoe is the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and lead author for the Second, Third, and Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessments.

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The Spanish government reconsiders workers’ protection from carcinogens

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Under the pretext of transposing a European directive and boosting the competitiveness of Spanish companies, Spain’s caretaker government is proposing to reduce the protection levels for carcinogens, thereby potentially impacting exposed workers’ health.

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Collective Bargaining newsletter July/ August

With a bit of delay, please find below the highlights of the latest issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the period July - August 2019. Issues 6 (June) and 9 (September) will follow in the coming weeks.

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SEER: Are the western Balkans ready for EU accession?

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This year’s first issue of the SEER Journal for Labour and Social Afffairs in Eastern Europe considers the readiness of western Balkan countries for EU accession. The EU has committed to supporting the gradual integration of the western Balkan countries into the Union.

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Transfer: everything you always wanted to know about the living wage

In July 2019, Ursula von der Leyen, candidate for the European Commission President declared in her ‘Agenda for Europe’: “The dignity of work is sacred. Within the first 100 days of my mandate, I will propose a legal instrument to ensure that every worker in our Union has a fair minimum wage. This should allow for a decent living wherever they work.”

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STORIES - My name is Joao and I’m a Ryanair cabin crew member. I’m also a trade unionist – and this is why:

"Transnational action is the only way to make an impact when dealing with a company like Ryanair. And if you are a union member, you’ll never work alone."

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66% of employees pushed to work “very fast”

The results of the SUMER 2017 survey were presented in France on 9 September 2019. SUMER is the acronym for the French “surveillance médicale des salariés aux risques professionnels”, i.e. the medical monitoring of employees’ exposure to occupational risks. Carried out for the 4th time, the survey maps the main work-related risks. The previous surveys were performed in 1994, 2003 and 2010 in such a way that a comparison of the results provides important information on the evolution of working conditions in France over a period of more than 20 years.

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Overcoming the social costs of climate change, or ‘How to win the war against ourselves’

The 2019 edition of the European Commission’s flagship analytical report on employment and social affairs, the Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review, was presented at an ETUI conference on 10 September 2019. This event was the first occasion at which the authors presented the report, which was published in July.

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High levels of endocrine disruptors found among children

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Hundreds of substances capable of disrupting hormone production exist. Used to a massive extent by industry in many different products, these substances are linked to serious health problems such as cancers, reproductive health disorders, developmental disorders such as obesity, lower intelligence quotients, etc. The main substances used include bisphenols, phthalates, parabens, glycol ethers, brominated flame retardants and perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). For the first time, the French public health agency Santé publique France has measured the presence of these substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in the bodies of children and adults in a large sample (1,104 children and 2,503 adults) representative of the French population. The work was carried out in the context of the ESTEBAN (enquête de santé sur l’environnement, la biosurveillance, l’activité physique et la nutrition) public health survey.

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