Conference: The future of health and safety in Europe
International Trade Union House (ITUH), Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels

30 years after the EU Framework Directive on health and safety at work, what’s the way forward?

Thirty years ago, on 12 June 1989, the European Union adopted the Framework Directive on health and safety at work, taking up many of the major demands voiced by the trade union movement over the previous two decades. From the end of the 1960s onwards, health and safety issues had been at the centre of social conflict, highlighting workers’ needs to increase control over work organization in order to protect their health. In these struggles, convergences emerged between the trade union movement and the very critical research world, resulting in a strong link between collective action and knowledge production.

Under the initial name of the European Trade Union Technical Bureau for Health and Safety, a knowledge centre was set up at the initiative of the European Trade Union Confederation. It was later integrated into the European Trade Union Institute.

Thirty years later, what is the state of play regarding occupational health in Europe? What are the prospects for development in the face of an ever-increasing pace of change in the world of labour and with the future of the European Union marked by uncertainties? What links can be forged between collective action and knowledge? What role does expert knowledge play? These questions will be at the heart of this two-day conference held in Brussels by the European Trade Union Institute.

The conference will start on 3 December 2019 at 13.00 and end on 4 December at 17.00.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided into and from English, French and Spanish.

Registrations are closed now.

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