About: workers' rights

Economy & Jobs 27-08-2021

EU Parliament enters the fray in workers’ push for co-determination

The European Parliament is seeking to put a stop to a perceived decline in workers’ participation in corporate decision-making – an issue that affects 190 million employees across Europe – and bring the European Commission to heel.
Health 14-07-2021

MEPs are calling for complete elimination of cancer-causing asbestos

The European Parliament has called for the creation of a strategy to completely eliminate cancer-causing asbestos in a bid to strengthen workers' protection and reduce exposure to this common chemical.
Agrifood 27-04-2021

New plan edges CAP negotiators towards deal on social conditions

The European Parliament has put forward a new proposal designed to link Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments to social working conditions in an “easy and un-bureaucratic manner” in a bid to reach a compromise on what has become a controversial point in the CAP negotiations.

Remote work needs to be regulated ‘quickly’, EU presidency says

Portugal's deputy secretary of state for labour, Miguel Cabrita, urged EU countries on Tuesday (9 March) to move fast with plans to regulate remote working, saying quick action will maximise opportunities and minimise risks.
Agrifood 17-02-2021

Fight over inclusion of labour rights in CAP heats up

The ongoing debate over the inclusion of provisions on workers' rights in the reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has kicked up a notch with the publication of a letter from more than 300 European organisations advocating for social conditionality.
Economy & Jobs 21-01-2021

After a year of disruption, changes to the world of work will continue

2020 saw the swift transformation of work as an unprecedented amount of people worked from home, while others had to completely change their systems to adapt to the health crisis. Though the end of the pandemic is in sight, certain changes will remain and even accelerate in 2021. 
Agrifood 16-12-2020

Give agricultural workers vaccination priority, stakeholders urge

As the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine edges closer in the EU, stakeholders are urging member states to treat the food and drink workforce as a top priority in vaccination plans.
Agrifood 31-07-2020

Criticism of Germany’s new laws in the meat and food industry

Two new laws are to put an end to exploitation and poor working conditions in the German meat industry. But critics are concerned that these laws don't go far enough. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 29-07-2020

German labour minister announces stricter standards in the meat industry

The German meat industry has been under fire for years over its low working standards and workers rights. The coronavirus clusters in slaughterhouses have now offered the government an opportunity to intervene. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 26-06-2020

Working conditions in meat processing plants make them hotbed for COVID-19

Another major COVID-19 outbreak in the largest meat processing facility in Europe has prompted stakeholders to urge the EU Commission to take swift measures to protect workers  in the sector and stem the spread of the virus.
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2020

The Brief, powered by IndustriAll Europe – The world of work after the COVID-19 battle 

As countries are relaxing lockdown measures and people are slowly returning to work, questions arise over what the post-COVID-19 world of work will look like, but also whether companies are prepared and able to ensure the safety of their workers...
Agrifood 17-04-2020

EU Commission urged to protect agri-food workers

Mounting concerns for the health of workers in the agri-food sector have prompted stakeholders to call for stronger measures for their protection.
Digital & Media 28-09-2018

Uber, Cabify drivers strike in Madrid to protest against planned law changes

Thousands of drivers for ride-hailing services Uber and Cabify, waving flags and chanting slogans such as “we want to work”, marched down Madrid’s central boulevard on Thursday ahead of plans by the government to tighten regulation.
Trade & Society 03-02-2017

French Socialists demand deeper debate on CETA

Two weeks before the crucial vote on the EU’s free trade deal with Canada (CETA), French Socialist MEPs have called on their European Parliament colleagues to hold a deep debate on the subject. EURACTIV France reports.

Ministers reject Parliament’s wishes on maternity leave

Meeting in Brussels yesterday (6 December), EU social affairs ministers refused to accept the demands of the European Parliament regarding minimum standards of maternity leave. The Council is expected to agree its own position sometime next year.

Commission presents plan to close skills gap

Member states must increase efforts to help workers learn the skills needed to do the jobs that will be created in growth sectors in the coming years, according to the European Commission, which yesterday (23 November) adopted its 'Agenda for New Skills and Jobs'.

Social partners hail end of agency worker discrimination

The European Parliament yesterday (22 October) approved legislation granting temporary workers equal rights in terms of working hours, salary and holidays, ending a six-year legislative battle. Businesses and trade unions alike welcomed the deal, which they said struck the right balance between social and economic needs.

EU welcomes compromise on European Works Council

EU Employment Commissioner Vladimir Špídla  yesterday (4 September) welcomed the deal struck between social partners' on a revision of the European Works Council (EWC) Directive after months of deadlock and Commission threats to go it alone if no amicable solution was reached.

Parliament backs calls for EU anti-discrimination law

The European Parliament has reminded Commission President José Manuel Barroso of his commitment to put forward a directive outlawing discrimination on a whole range of grounds, including disability, age, religion or belief and sexual orientation, as Brussels finalises preparations for a social policy package to be presented in June. 

Commission pushing for ‘New Social Agenda’

The Commission yesterday revealed plans to update the current social agenda and better integrate it into the EU's overall policy framework. The main focus lies in addressing cross-border health care, improving workers' rights and promoting better education systems.

EU judges reinforce fixed-term workers’ rights

In a landmark ruling, the European Court of Justice confirmed that workers under fixed-duration contracts enjoy rights similar to permanent workers.

European social model challenged by Court rulings

European Court of Justice rulings in the Laval and Viking cases represent a "danger" for social Europe and open the door to "wage dumping" in the EU, leftist members of Parliament said, while business representatives argued the judgements were crucial to preserving freedom of movement and establishment throughout the bloc.

Germany’s Nokia workers may receive EU help

The EU may offer funding to Nokia workers set to lose their jobs when the cellphone giant closes its plant in Bochum to shift production to Romania, Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced at the weekend. Meanwhile, Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen pledged that this case would prompt a rethink of state subsidies.

EU court upholds right to strike but sets limits

The right of trade unions to take collective action may be limited by employers' right to freedom of establishment, the European Court of Justice has ruled in the landmark Viking case.