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“Back to the future”: Trade unions need a positive new narrative to win back workers’ votes

The rise of right-wing populist ideas and parties almost everywhere in Europe is a burning problem for the trade union movement, as a portion of its members have been seduced by the populist discourse and often simplistic promises propagated by these parties. Moreover, with European elections less than four months away, there is a risk of nationalistic and ethnocentric political ideas being transferred to the European level. In order to understand the phenomenon of increasing support for the far right across Europe, and assess trade union strategies for fighting those trends, the ETUI organized a thematic day to explore the issue, comprising an internal trade union discussion on the topic and a well-attended public conference. Both events took place on 23 January in the International Trade Union House in Brussels.

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ILO echoes ETUI’s warnings about the impact of technology on jobs and the environment

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The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has joined the ETUI and ETUC in warning about the social effects of technological change and insisting that these should not spell the end of workers’ rights. Advances in technology - such as artificial intelligence, automation and robotics - that are transforming workplaces are heaping pressure on governments to act to put the digital transformation onto a sustainable footing. This should include guarantees to protect fundamental worker’s rights and collective bargaining through trade unions, the ILO says.

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ETUI is seeking to recruit a full time Education Officer

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Applications and supporting documents (CV, evidence of qualifications, etc.) should be sent before 11 February 2019

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Collective Bargaining December 2018

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 December 2018:

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Enormous gaps identified in the recognition of occupational cancers in Europe

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A new report by EUROGIP presents an analysis of the extent to which occupational cancers are recognised in nine European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland. It also looks at the schemes for identifying occupational cancers, especially via monitoring the health of people exposed to carcinogens in the course of their working careers.

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Social Europe: back in business?

December saw the launch of the 19th launch of the annual joint publication of the European Social Observatory (OSE) and the ETUI, “Social Policy in the European Union: state of play 2018”, at International Trade Union House in Brussels. Bart Vanhercke, the Director of OSE, who opened the event, presented this year’s edition of the stock taking publication as one characterised by “continuity in change”.

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Trade union networks: a response to occupational health in small firms?

The results of a project on best practices for organising worker representation for health and safety were presented at a seminar organised in Brussels on 29 November. This seminar allowed trade union activists to describe their day-to-day experiences in the countries covered by the project. It also included a fascinating presentation on the results of the research.

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Women, work and cancer – why is the link not being recognized?

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Cancer is the leading cause of work-related mortalities in the EU and is responsible for 100,000 unnecessary deaths a year. Yet most research and policy on its causes and prevention still assume that it is mainly men who are affected, even though an increasing proportion of the victims are now women. The need to shift research priorities and better address workplace prevention to reflect changing occupational risks was the subject of an ETUI conference in Brussels in early December.

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Collective Bargaining November 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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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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