On Tuesday (16 April), MEPs approved the creation of a European Labour Authority, as well as several positions that favour the rights of European workers and combat social dumping. But major changes still need to be made. EURACTIV France reports.
In many EU countries, mental health is still a taboo. However, the economic impact of psychological disorders is a loss of 4% of GDP and changes in the labour market only aggravate the situation, according to a report by the OECD.
The European Parliament has called for strict, binding legislation governing textiles imported to the EU, to crack down on the kinds of abuses brought to light by the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster, in which more than 1,100 people died.
MEPs are asking the European Commission to require member states to introduce national minimum wages in a move that will unnerve politicians across Europe, business lobby groups and even some trade unions.
T-shirts for €4.95 and bananas at €1 per kilo – such prices often disguise unsafe working conditions and labor exploitation, inspiring EU Development Commissioner Mimica, and the German government, to push for an end such abuses. EURACTIV Germany reports.
With a special alliance for sustainable clothing and a new textile label, German Development Minister Gerd Müller hopes to help guarantee fair working conditions in developing countries. But the initiative has been abandoned by relevant corporations and is under attack from NGOs. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Internships replacing jobs are an "increasing problem" in Europe, civil society organisations protested on the first-ever European Interns Day on Friday (18 July), explaining that up to 60% of interns in Europe are still unpaid.
Zero-hour contracts are breaking new records, the British Office for National Statistics revealed last week, prompting calls by the European Commission to offer better social protections for those covered by the controversial employment agreement.
As the EU slowly emerges from the economic crisis, the European Commission is increasingly focusing on the impact the recession has caused to workers across the bloc, a situation for which the Belgian labour minister might “have some answers”.
A nationwide network of 'Smart Work Centres' has sprung up in the Netherlands over the last three years, enabling people to work in a more flexible manner and bringing benefits to employees, employers and the environment.
Employers and trade union representatives have rubber-stamped an agreement to fight harassment and violence in the workplace in what constitutes the lastest achievement of the 'European Social Dialogue' launched by former Commission President Jacques Delors some 20 years ago.
Workers are happiest in traditional jobs with fixed working hours and least satisfied when they work long hours or are subject to the kind of so-called flexibility that makes it hard to balance private life and work.