About: Trade Unions

Economy & Jobs 02-07-2018

Unions defend multilateral cooperation to protect workers’ rights

Over 500 representatives from across Europe gathered in Brussels last week to reflect on how unions can reshape the role of labour markets in a world where multilateral cooperation is in crisis.
Brexit 27-06-2018

Unions and businesses urge EU countries to speed up Brexit negotiations

Trade unions and employers have joined forces to urge the EU and UK to speed up Brexit talks ahead of tomorrow's European Council summit. 
Economy & Jobs 26-06-2018

Four megatrends and the future of work

What will workplaces be like in the future? Will I still have a job that I am trained to do, that doesn’t bore or cripple me? When will I retire, and what sort of world will I be leaving for my children? These sorts of questions are preoccupying Europeans more and more, argues Steve Coulter.
Economy & Jobs 25-06-2018

Luca Visentini: “Now independence goes together with no social protection”

For too long, trade unions have failed to anticipate changes in an increasingly volatile labour market. It is time to take a proactive approach and protect workers’ rights, Luca Visentini, secretary-general of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
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European Dialogue 2018
Economy & Jobs 04-05-2018

European Dialogue 2018: Social Europe Strengthening Workers’ Voice

The worker's voice is part of a democratic Europe. Securing and strengthening it is supposed to increase the acceptance of the EU.
Economy & Jobs 09-04-2018

French train strikes resume as unions square off with Macron

Travellers grappled with another crippling wave of transport strikes in France on Sunday (8 April), as train workers protested President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms and a stand-off between the government and rail unions hardened.
Economy & Jobs 20-03-2018

More social dumping comes to Europe through Bulgaria’s door

Although the EU member states recently reached an agreement to tighten posted worker controls, another door has been opened to social dumping, warn Vania Grigorova and Anastaska Todorova, representing two trade unions in Bulgaria.
Economy & Jobs 09-03-2018

A turnaround for social Europe?

Criticised for its lack of action on the social dialogue, the European Commission could reverse the trend this year with a “Fairness Pack” in mid-March that will include the creation of a European Labour Authority. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Economy & Jobs 20-02-2018

Transnational company agreements – another form of social dialogue in Europe

Transnational company agreements, made within European multinationals have helped to Europeanise industrial relations. Although the European Commission views such agreements as an innovative tool for cooperation, it has yet to define a legal framework for them. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Economy & Jobs 08-02-2018

Sectoral Social Dialogue: The promising side of industrial relations in the EU

The 44 Sectoral Social Dialogue Committees promote better working conditions in sectors as varied as the chemical industry or the footwear sector. It enjoys a lot of support and has received rave reviews but currently only affects a limited number of sectors. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2018

The end of European labour agreements?

Barely a dozen sectoral agreements have been finalised ever since social dialogue was established in Europe. The social partners’ contradictory objectives and the progressive disinvestment of the European Commission are to blame for this.
Economy & Jobs 13-12-2017

An EU fund for industrial relations could strengthen Social Europe

On 17 November, EU leaders met with social partners in Gothenburg, Sweden, to discuss how to foster more and better jobs and growth in Europe. Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, Eva Nordmark and Göran Arrius describe how the EU should now proceed.
Brexit 12-12-2017

Unions across Europe want a Brexit deal to work for working people

This week’s European Council summit looks certain to give the green light to the EU to open negotiations on a new relationship with the UK. Frances O’Grady and Luca Visentini explain what trade unions in the EU and the UK want from the future deal.
Economy & Jobs 15-11-2017

Gothenburg – hot air or a real deal?

Hats off to the Swedish Government for proposing the EU social summit that takes place on Friday, writes Esther Lynch.
Economy & Jobs 11-10-2017

French workers strike against Macron’s economic reforms

Civil servants, representing one-fifth of France's total labour force, went on strike on Tuesday (10 October) to protest against Emmanuel Macron’s planned economic reforms. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Economy & Jobs 06-10-2017

Corporate greed: The enemy of decent work  

Decent work needs to be at the top of everyone’s agenda – working people, employers and governments. Decent work is the foundation of a decent life, the opportunity to earn a living and make a contribution to the community, writes Esther Lynch.
Economy & Jobs 01-09-2017

Brussels welcomes French labour reforms as unions and left camp complain

Decried by the opposition and trade unions, the French labor reforms are praised by the European Commission and employers. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 06-06-2017

Report warns against public-private aid ‘blending’ over transparency failures

A key plank of future aid funding to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has come under fire in a report which warns against all ‘blending’ partnerships until a raft of alleged failures are fixed.
Economy & Jobs 24-03-2017

Europe’s labour pains

The gradual transfer of competences to the EU has left member states unable to improve working conditions and drag their economies out of stagnation. It is time for serious change, writes Sotiria Theodoropoulou.
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Economy & Jobs 15-03-2017

Social Dialogue in Europe: the European Chemical Employers Group

The European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) represents the chemical, pharmaceutical, rubber and plastics industries in Europe.
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Economy & Jobs 24-01-2017

Unemployment and pensions protection in Europe: the changing roles of social partners

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Time for European business to listen to its workers

Workplace democracy makes firms more productive, and therefore more likely to contribute to growth in Europe. The EU should make worker participation in company governance a priority, writes Peter Scherrer.

Spanish unions reject budget adjustment demanded by EU

Spain's two biggest unions said Thursday (10 November) they "firmly opposed" measures demanded by Brussels to reduce the public deficit and demanded a hike in the minimum wage.

Workers must not pay the price of Brexit

Trade unions will fight tooth and nail against any erosion of social rights currently guaranteed by the EU, in the wake of Brexit, in the UK or elsewhere, writes Luca Visentini.