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ETUI celebrates International Women’s Day

Women and men working at International Trade Union House marked International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March with strikes and speeches. Women’s Day is held every year across the world to raise awareness of women’s political and economic marginalisation.

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Momentum builds behind a European minimum wage

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Momentum is building behind a European minimum wage policy, a topic which is expected to play a significant part in the 2019 European Parliament elections. Pressure for a European pay floor is part of a growing debate over the role of minimum wages for the concept of Social Europe.

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Plastic – a human health crisis


A recent report from a coalition of NGOs lead by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) reveals that plastic is a human health crisis hiding in plain sight. To date, research into the human health impacts of plastic have focused narrowly on specific moments in the plastic lifecycle, often on single products, processes, or exposure pathways. This approach fails to recognize that significant, complex, and intersecting human health impacts occur at every stage of the plastic lifecycle: from extraction of fossil fuels, to consumer use, to disposal and beyond. According to the report, uncertainties and knowledge gaps often impede regulation and the ability of workers, consumers and policymakers to make informed decisions. However, the full scale of health impacts throughout plastic’s lifecycle are overwhelming and warrant a precautionary approach.

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Grigor Gradev scholarship 2019 is open for applications

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Applications have opened for the 2019 round of the Gridor Gradev scholarship for young researchers. The three month scholarship based at the ETUI was set up in honour of Grigor Gradev, the former Director of the CITUB research institute, who died in 2016.

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Detecting work-related diseases using alert and sentinel systems: a report of the European Agency for Safety and Health at work

A report of the European Agency for Safety and Health at work (EU-OSHA) analyses the alert and sentinel systems used in various European countries for the early detection of work-related diseases. This report is based on the analysis of twelve national schemes implemented in European countries or the United States, all of which help to spotlight health problems caused by bad working conditions and insufficient prevention measures in companies.

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Just transition – not just another transition

Almost 10 years ago, the successor to the international Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, known for its report, Mismeasuring Our Lives: Why GDP Doesn’t Add Up, published a follow-up, Beyond GDP: Measuring What Counts for Economic and Social Performance, in which the authors put more emphasis on inequality and sustainability. For more than twenty years this has also been at the core of trade unions’ demands for the transition to an environmentally sustainable economy.

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Collective Bargaining January 2019

Find below the highlights of the latest issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level in January 2019:

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Publication of the directive introducing new limit values into the European legislation on carcinogens

On 31 January 2019, the Official Journal of the European Union published the text of Directive 2019/130. This directive constitutes the second step of the process of revising the Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work (CMD).

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Protecting without being protected. Basic EU social standards not applied to security personnel in the EU

In recent years, the EU has frequently made use of the provisions in Article 153 of the TFEU to set minimum standards on working and employment conditions of workers in the EU. Although the European Commission consistently tries to define “workers” as broadly as possible to include all workers, the Council has often sought to exclude civil servants or public administrations, police and military personnel from the scope of EU social directives, and recently also emergency services from the scope of the proposed directive on Transparency and Predictability of Working Conditions (TPWC).

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An ETUI publication on occupational health translated into Brazilian Portuguese

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In 2018, the Fondation Fundacentro, the Brazilian federal agency responsible for occupational health, decided to publish a Brazilian Portuguese translation of an ETUI book on workplace prevention via posters. The ETUI is happy to thus contribute to the discussion on the importance of trade union action on occupational health.

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