This issue carries a feature on standardization, an area governed by new European rules since January 2013. The regulations introduce a series of measures that open up new opportunities for trade unions to get more involved in the work of European standardization bodies.

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Editorial - Jobs and working conditions: two sides of the same coin

Europe is a patchwork of employment trends, with very wide gaps between countries and often regions of the same country. As a pointer, the... Find out more

Community health and safety strategy: going nowhere

2013 got off to a very bad start for EU health and safety at work policies. The strategy for 2007-2012 has ended. But a new strategy is... Find out more

Standards development – a flashpoint of technical expertise and conflicting interests

Looking for how best to describe the world of standardization, the image that springs to mind is a gentlemen’s club where specialists coolly... Find out more

Frédéric Rey

France: sparks fly around electrical hazards standard

Over the past four years, a group of trade unionists has been involved in developing a standard on protection against electrical hazards... Find out more

Anna Trenning-Himmelsbach

Going for the gold standard

Swedish trade unions play a unique role in standards development. No other EU country has so many trade unionists working in it. Step... Find out more

Ulrich Bamberg

KAN: a German trade union voice in standards

Standards are developed by private standards organizations working very much to the agenda of manufacturers and much less in the interests... Find out more

Ornella Cilona

Trade union involvement in non-technical standardization

The international standards body, ISO, has produced a flurry of draft social, ethical and environmental standards of late. Italian trade... Find out more

Denis Grégoire

Thoughts from the employers

Traditionally, the pace of standardization is set by the big firms, because standards take time, a lot of money and technical expertise to... Find out more

Pien Heuts

Dutch FNV union makes employers pay up for work-related diseases

Workers with an occupational disease have almost no chance of enforcing their rights. Dutch trade union confederation FNV’s Beroepsziekten... Find out more

Pascale Guéricolas

Kitchen wars: Quebec unions overhaul organization to improve work ambiance

Preventing mental health problems is a health and safety at work priority for Quebec's Confédération des syndicats nationaux (Confederation... Find out more

Marianne De Troyer

Westernizing the workforce. But at what cost to the workers?

An estimated three million employees work in 700 000-odd call centres in India. They are a highly-qualified, young, low-cost workforce... Find out more

Fabienne Scandella

Cleaning up the organization’s act

Violence does not have to be deliberately vicious to be harmful. It does not have to be a visible, "exceptional" flare-up to cause ill-being... Find out more

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Standardization: what roles for the unions?