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8/11/2018

Collective Bargaining October 2018

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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 last month:

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8/11/2018

"Rights at Ryanair": European employee solidarity in practice

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On the last day of October, the ETUI held a lunch debate on recent developments at Ryanair. The Irish low-cost airline is infamous for its poor working conditions and dire employment relations, despite net revenues of 1,45 billion € per year. It is also notoriously anti-union, which has hindered pursuit of industrial action in the past. The ETUI audience heard how this is changing, with steadily worsening conditions leading to a succession of strikes across different European countries over recent months.

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26/10/2018

Trade unions need to cooperate with Green groups to ensure a Just transition, argues new briefing

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Cooperation between trade unions and environmental campaigners is vital as they are often in the vanguard of campaigns to persuade national governments to adopt climate change targets, argues ETUI Senior Researcher Béla Galgóczi in a new policy brief for the ILO.

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22/10/2018

New EU Directive crucial for protecting vulnerable workers

The relentless rise of precarious employment in Europe is one of the challenges that the European trade union movement is trying to deal with at the European level. Various new forms of employment currently fall outside of the scope of protection offered by labour law, as they tend to blur the boundaries between the concepts of ‘worker’ and ‘self-employed’.

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22/10/2018

Gamification and Foresight: EDU days conference hears about ways of changing the present and preparing for the future

The need to prepare for a world of change and uncertainty was a key theme of the ETUI’s ‘EDU days 2018’ conference for trade union trainers held in Vilnius on 17-19 October. Over 70 participants from across Europe were briefed on future scenarios for the world of work from the ETUI’s Foresight Unit. They were also introduced to the concept of ‘gamification’ – using games as part of training courses to develop collaborative and strategic ways of working.

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17/10/2018

Employers and unions call on Commission to include reprotoxicants in the Directive on carcinogens and mutagens at work

On 16 October the European chemical industry and trade unions agreed that European Union (EU) workers should be better protected from the risks related to exposure to reprotoxic substances. In a joint declaration, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the industriAll European Trade Union, the European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) and the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) called on the European Commission to extend the scope of the Directive on the protection of workers from carcinogens and mutagens to reprotoxic substances.

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15/10/2018

Follow LIVE the first day of the EDU Days online

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The EDU Days conference of the ETUI Education department is taking place from 17 to 19 October in Vilnius. The sessions will be broadcasted live on this page.

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11/10/2018

Diesel emissions will fall under the scope of the Carcinogens directive. A victory for the workers’ movement

On 11 October, the European Parliament and the Council came to an agreement on the Commission's second proposal to broaden the list of recognised cancer-causing chemicals in the workplace. Eight additional substances will be covered by the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive, including diesel engines exhaust emission (DEEE) in workplaces. The European Trade Union Confederation has welcomed the announcement.

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4/10/2018

Collective Bargaining September 2018

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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 last month:

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4/10/2018

2018 Prescrire Prize awarded to an ETUI publication

The ETUI was announced as one of the winners of the 2018 Prescrire Prize in Paris on Thursday, 4 October 2018 for its publication entitled ‘Endocrine disruptors: an occupational risk in need of recognition’. These awards have been given out every year since 1989 by the French journal Prescrire, renowned for its work on drug research and its independence from the pharmaceutical industry.

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