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Atypical work – a new standard?

By Ute Meyenberg | September 19, 2017

Atypical workers need protection and representation. Trade unions in Europe discuss alternatives and solutions.

Revolution with pencils and brushes

By Jan De Paepe | August 18, 2017

New forms of raising the voice in the future. ETUI and Meta-Morphosis organized an exhibition of posters in the corridors of the International Trade Union House in Brussels from 8 June – 20 July 2017.

Time to modernise the working time directive

By Ari Åberg | June 19, 2017

EU’s working time directive dates back to as early as 1993. It is made for working nine-to-five and does not meet the challenges of the changing working life and new forms of work.

Time to end unpaid internships!

By Martin Jefflen | February 20, 2017

A strike today demanding the end to unpaid internships clearly shows that there is need for better conditions for interns. Internships should be paid.

Sapin 2 – a better protection for whistleblowers in France

By Ute Meyenberg | December 20, 2016

Significant progress has been made in France on the subject of whistleblower protection and corporate due diligence. A growing work coordination of NGOs, trade unions and academics proved to be important for the process.

Stress at work – a cost to reduce

By Nayla Glaise | December 9, 2016

Costs of psychosocial health risks due to work is estimated at 617 billion euros per year. Prevention policies can bring huge benefits.

Stress au Travail – un coût à réduire

By Nayla Glaise | December 9, 2016

Le coût des risques psychosociaux dues au travail à 617 milliards d’euros par an. C´est exorbitante au regard des bénéfices des politiques de prévention.

Paula Ruiz Rorres

Psychosocial risk management as part of a CSR strategy

By Paula Ruiz Torres | October 31, 2016

Employers should put employees´ mental health at the very top of the agenda especially at this time of ongoing and continuous changes in the labor market that are affecting a key dimension of job quality – health and safety – and which are contributing to the increase of psychosocial risks at a great extent.

Whistleblowers must be protected

By Martin Jefflen | October 18, 2016

On 17 October 2016, the platform that Eurocadres took the initiative to create on EU-wide whistleblower protection was launched. 48 organisations participated from the start, and more are joining. The case for why whistleblowers should be protected is clear.

Taking responsibility for mental health

By Martin Jefflen | October 10, 2016

Psychosocial health risks and mental health is a big challenge. The European Commission must change the main directive on occupational health and safety.

The EU whistleblower directive: the run for levelling the field in our countries has begun

By Ann-Katrin Dolium | December 10, 2019

Less than half of all EU member states had whistleblower protection legislation in place before this directive, which means potential whistleblowers were facing a real risk of retaliation.

Digital transformation: can psychosocial risks be smuggled out in the cloud?

By Fabrice Roy | December 2, 2019

For the past fifteen years, the ever-growing presence of technology has changed our lives, our habits, and our working structures.

Digitalisation changes professions

By Jean-Luc Molins | September 4, 2019

Digital and organisational solutions go hand in hand. The role of workers in new work environments is changing.

50 years of struggle

By Martin Jefflen | June 28, 2019

50 years ago today, in the early morning of June 28th, police raided the Stonewall inn in Greenwich village, New York. This day the LGBT community fought back.

Pursuing a just transition and fairer digitalisation

By Paula Ruiz Torres | June 5, 2019

The transition to a resilient, low-carbon economy holds out immense potential for economic, environmental and social development, as well as job creation, however, these benefits will not happen automatically, there could be significant transitional costs and implications .

Building democracy and a better future for Europe’s working people

By Elizabeth Barreiros | May 29, 2019

Workers are Europe’s most important capital. But the last economic crisis has left deep scars, such as job insecurity, more precariousness, poor working conditions, increased deregulation of labour relations, lower wages and a rise in occupational diseases.

Room for improving labour mobility

By Nayla Glaise | May 28, 2019

Although labour mobility is one of the founding principles of the European Union (EU), there is still much room for improvement, particularly for young people. Eurostat estimates that half of unemployed young people in the EU are willing to settle elsewhere to get a job, according to Nayla Glaise, speaking at the ETUC Congress

EU’s just transition demands life-long learning

By Martin Jefflen | January 24, 2019

Life-ling learning is a necessity, if workers are to remain competitive in today’s high-skilled job markets. A just transition will require the development of reskilling and upskilling programmes.

Brexit and its impact on higher education

By Thomas Jorgensen | December 13, 2018

Brexit came as a shock to the higher education world; the prospect of UK universities falling out of the European mechanisms for cooperation was both unexpected and alarming.

Martin Jefflen

Why Europe should back a robust whistleblowers directive

By Martin Jefflen | November 22, 2018

Those who report corruption, criminal acts and breaches of public trust must be protected, writes Martin Jefflén, who calls for lowering the barriers when it comes to reporting wrongdoing in the corporate sphere.