About: Trade Unions

Economy & Jobs 02-06-2021

Commission must boost presence in regions to promote just coal transition

The European Commission should make sure its decisions remain in line with its climate targets and keep an eye on the social acceptance of the coal transition, stakeholders in Central and Eastern Europe say.
Economy & Jobs 24-05-2021

Italy’s recovery plan decree to speed public works hits opposition

A draft decree from the Italian government that would accelerate public works in line with rules for claiming European Union pandemic recovery funds has prompted strike threats from trade unions and raised dissent within the ruling coalition.
Economy & Jobs 29-04-2021

Worker advocates call for more ‘democracy at work’ ahead of Porto Summit

Trade unions and other labour supporters are continuing their push for greater worker involvement in company decisions, now labelling this as an effort for “more democracy at work.” They want to see this topic play a larger role on the...
Economy & Jobs 18-02-2021

Social dialogue must be stronger after the pandemic, trade union leader says

Nearly a year into the coronavirus crisis in Europe, the world of work has changed drastically with more transformation on the horizon. In an interview with EURACTIV, trade union leader Michael Vassiliadis discusses the EU policy agenda from economic recovery to the Democracy Action Plan and responsible supply chains.
Economic governance 27-01-2021

EU’s Gentiloni calls for greater involvement of unions in recovery plans

The economic crisis caused by COVID-19 could turn into a “social crisis”, the EU's economic  affairs commissioner Paolo Gentiloni has warned, calling for greater involvement from trade unions in the elaboration of national recovery plans. 
Economy & Jobs 10-12-2020

EU aims for a just transition in industry, but hurdles remain

The EU has set targets for a just transition that leaves no one behind, but inadequate funding and underrepresenting important perspectives could hamper progress.
Digital & Media 12-06-2020

EU trade unions take stand against Facebook attempts to suppress ‘Unionise’ term

Facebook has shelved plans to roll out its 'Facebook Workplace' software, after being accused of breaching a series of internationally-recognised workers' rights by attempting to blacklist terminology associated with employee unionisation during the trialling of new features of the software.
Economy & Jobs 03-04-2020

German trade unionist: Stronger worker participation helps in times of crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a rapid transformation of the workplace at a time when digitalisation and the Green Deal were beginning to restructure entire industries. In an interview with EURACTIV, trade unionist Karin Erhard describes how workers should go forward in these uncertain times and how a strong system of codetermination can help chart the way.
Digital & Media 19-03-2020

Employers accused of abusing EU data privacy rules to hinder trade unions

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is being misused by employers across Europe as trade unions are denied access to information required to recruit and organise workers, a new study has found.
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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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.