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Work-related cancers costs between 270 and 610 billion a year in the EU-28

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A recent launched book from the European Trade Union Institute finds that work-related cancers costs between €270 and €610 billion a year in the EU-28. Occupational cancers are the primary cause of work-related deaths in industrialised societies, with more than 100,000 people losing their lives each year through being exposed to carcinogens in their workplace. Latest estimates set the share of work-related cancers at 8% of all new cancer cases (6 - 12% for men and 3 - 7% for women).

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New issue of HesaMag lifts the lid on work-related cancer

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Cancer kills 1.3m people in the European Union each year, but a staggering 100,000 of these deaths may be caused by workplace carcinogens, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The impact of cancer on workers is the focus of analysis in the latest issue of HesaMag, the ETUI’s magazine on working conditions, health and safety.

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November issue of Transfer out now

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The new edition of Transfer, the European Review of Labour and Research, has just been published. The open issue of the peer-reviewed journal includes articles on the financial crisis, the emergence of new social actors, transnational social dialogue and employee engagement.

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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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"Rights at Ryanair": European employee solidarity in practice


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

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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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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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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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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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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