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Trade union seminar on risks arising from electromagnetic fields at the workplace


The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) sponsored a seminar, on 7 and 8 December in Krakow (Poland), on revision of the European directive on risks for workers arising from exposure to electromagnetic fields (Directive 2004/40).

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Do the December European Summit and the Annual Growth Survey 2012 offer a way forward for Europe?

At its last Monthly Forum for 2011 the ETUI would like to discuss the current state of economic governance on the European level as well as the economic outlook going into 2012 in the light of the second AGS and the recently agreed six-pack, and against the background of the still unresolved crisis.

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What do we and what don't we know about minimum wages in Europe

On 12 December 2011 in Brussels, the ETUI is organising an expert conference which should deepen our knowledge about the wages paid at the ‘bottom’ of the labour market in European countries. Invited experts will discuss the empirics and also more theoretical questions relating to wage and employment outcomes.

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Monthly forum: Which challenges for the EU budget?

25 November 2011 - Brussels The next Monthly Forum will provide the opportunity to discuss the ambitious targets set by the Commission in its draft multi-annual budget which will be on the agenda of the Council and European Parliament during 2012-2013.

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EU-Labour Markets: What does work, where is a need for action? New Labour Market Monitor and Job Quality Index 2011 provide information

The Europe 2020 Strategy aims at achieving an employment rate of 75% and reducing poverty. What decides about success or failure of this strategy? And what about job quality? The new Labour Market Monitor of AK (Chamber of Labour) and WIFO (Austrian Institute of Economic Research) depicts a strengths-weaknesses profile of the EU-Labour Markets, which goes beyond the usual comparison of employment and unemployment rates. The Job Quality Index of the ETUI 2011 provides information on the job quality in Europe.

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Conference: SEs in Stormy Weather – exploring new developments in EU legislation and sustainability as a priority for SE board-level employee representatives and works council members


15 - 16 November 2011, the European Worker Participation Competence Centre (EWPCC) of the ETUI in cooperation with Solidarność, OPZZ, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Polish Office and the Hans Böckler Foundation is organising a two-days conference in Warsaw.

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European Panel 2011: Workers’ participation – Building a more democratic and social Europe, 8&9 November, The Hotel, Brussels

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Over the last 60 years workers’ participation has developed into an essential component of the European socio-economic model. This year’s European Panel conference, organized by the Hans-Böckler and Friedrich-Ebert Foundations and the ETUI in cooperation with the German and European Trade Union Confederations, will debate in what way workers’ participation has made a more sustainable contribution than other corporate governance models to overcoming the crisis.

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ETUI Monthly Forum: Broad-based community alliances and challenges for trade unions activism today

The next Monthly Forum of the ETUI will take place on Tuesday, 25 October, in the ITUH in Brussels. It will look into some present challenges and possibilities for trade union renewal.

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European Education Conference

On 12 and 13 October the European Education Conference of the ETUI will take place in Brussels. During the first day, Ulisses Garrido, the new Director of the ETUI Education department, will present the Institute’s training priorities and the Education programme for 2012 -2013. Three simultaneous workshops will focus on capacity development for training of EWCs following the recast of the EWC Directive, certification of the established courses given by the ETUI, and preparation of trade union training courses in candidate countries.

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Distributional aspects of the crisis in Greece

The current policy debate on the debt crisis in Greece has so far focused mostly on macroeconomic aspects and on whether the Greek government has sufficient political capital to deliver the reforms agreed with the European Commission and the IMF for receipt of financial aid. The ETUI, at the September gathering of its Monthly Forum, will provide an alternative perspective on this issue by looking into some of the distributional implications of the fiscal austerity and deep recession currently experienced by the Greek economy.

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