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From Juncker to the new Commission, passing by the Social Pillar

Philippe Pochet

The latest podcast by Social Europe looks back at the Juncker Commission and the difficulties and challenges it has faced. Editor-in Chief Henning Meyer and ETUI General Director Philippe Pochet discuss the social policy record of the Juncker Commission and that although progress has been made, there is still a long way to go in many aspects. Philippe Pochet discusses the improvements made from the Barroso Commission and explores different areas which are still challenging and need to be tackled. The issue of platform workers is one of the problematic topics. Despite new written directives and contracts that have been proposed by the new Commission, people are still faced with the challenge of having to choose between defending the worker or the company. “Not enough has been done yet to address the full scale of the problem” says Pochet.

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The Double Standard at Work: European corporate investment and workers’ rights in the American south


A new report published by The American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) discusses how multinational corporations based in Europe have accelerated their foreign direct investment in the Southern states of the United States in the past quarter-century. Some companies honour workers’ freedom of association, respect workers’ organizing rights and engage in good-faith collective bargaining when workers choose trade union representation. Other firms have interfered with freedom of association, launched aggressive campaigns against employees’ organizing attempts and failed to bargain in good faith when workers choose union representation.

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Call for contributions to the special issue of Transfer (2020)


Theme: Industrial relations and inequality: The many facets of a crucial relationship, edited by Roberto Pedersini and Lisa Dorigatti The themed issue focuses on the relationship between industrial relations processes and actors and inequalities defined in broad terms: wages, income, working conditions, job security, career prospects and all work-related dimensions. Traditionally, industrial relations processes and mechanisms have been regarded as potential ‘equalisers’ and trade unions as the ‘sword of justice’ in employment relations and the agents of solidarity among workers.

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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

Pool Moncloa/J.M. Cuadrado

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 2019

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?

SEER cover

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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