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United States: Trump jeopardises the regulation of chemical risks

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Since the arrival of Donald Trump in the White House, the US Environmental Protection Agency has shifted its policy focus towards reducing the “regulatory burden” on the chemical industry.

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Collective Bargaining April/May 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 over the period April - May 2019:

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Third revision of the directive on the prevention of occupational cancers

The process of revising the directive remained at a standstill for the ten years with Barroso at the head of the European Commission (2004-2014). It was relaunched in 2016 as a result of strong pressure put on the European Commission by the Netherlands, other Member States, trade unions and the European Parliament.

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In memoriam Christos Triantafillou

Christos Triantafillou

It is with great sadness that the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) learned of the passing of Christos Traintafillou, an economist at the Labour Institute of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (INE-GSEE), member of ETUI's Trade Union related Research Institutes (TURI) network, trainer, member of the NETYL network (Young Leader) and member of the Pedagogical Committee of the Education department.

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Trade union related research institutes meet on the verge of the ETUC Congress to discuss common research topics

This year the members of the network of research Institutes close to the trade union movement (TURI) were invited by the Austrian Chamber of Labour (AK) to hold their annual conference on the fringe of the ETUC Congress in Vienna. On 20 May, 52 participants from more than 30 Institutes gathered in the premises of the AK to discuss issues of particular interest to them. Christophe Klein, the AK’s Director, welcomed the participants by underlining the necessity for having such a network, given the transnational nature of the current challenges which trade unions and their research institutes are confronted with. ETUI Director, Philippe Pochet, gave an overview of the Congress agenda and invited the TURI members to support the ETUI in organizing an exchange on the topic of trade union renewal, which is of great importance for the European trade union movement today.

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QD85: Burn-out classified as an occupational phenomenon

WHO headquarter

Meeting in Geneva on 20-27 May 2019 for its 72nd session, the World Health Organisation's (WHO) World Assembly has taken a landmark decision. Referring to the conclusions of health experts, it has declared burn-out to be an “occupational phenomenon”, opening the door to having it classified in the WHO's International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Codenamed “QD85”, burn-out is now to be found in the section on “problems associated with employment or unemployment”.

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ETUI’s major presence at ETUC Vienna Congress

ETUI stand at ETUC Congress

The 2019 congress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) took place in Vienna between 20-24 May 2019 (#ETUC19) and the ETUI had a major presence there with a number of events and publication launches.

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Brian Bercusson Award 2019 goes to Dr. Pieter Pecinovsky

Dr. Pieter Pecinovsky

On 21 May 2019, at the 14th statutory ETUC Congress in Vienna, the Brian Bercusson Award 2019 was awarded to Dr. Pieter Pecinovsky, legal counsel with the law firm ‘Van Olmen & Wynant’ (Brussels), for his PhD thesis entitled ‘EU economic governance and the right to collective bargaining - a legal research on the problematic relationship of European economic policy and fundamental social rights’.

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Play and learn with ETUI: ETUI app for Congress

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We launched today the ETUI app for Congress.

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The battle to win back new generations to unions

Many outside observers have commented on the membership crisis afflicting trade unions in Europe, following decades of economic and financial crisis undermining their position in the labour market. Now, trade unions themselves are attempting to quantify the challenge they face.

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