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Climate Change is Union Business

By Hanna Sjölund | November 5, 2015

With less than a month until world leaders will meet in Paris for the UN climate conference, COP21, the temperature is rising with the warmest 1 November in Brussels since measurements began.

Participation of P&MS workers in the social dialogue will fine-tune the mobility practices

By Jan De Paepe | November 3, 2015

Sometimes the enthusiasm to work abroad is tempered by practical inconveniences and uncertainties causing feelings of suspicion and doubts. Considerations and questions arise like… will my partner be happy there?

Corporate burnout: how to avoid it

By Pav Akhtar | October 19, 2015

“Too many professionals burn out in the first 10 years of their career so it’s time to make expectations more realistic and stop this terrible waste of talent,” declared Ulf Bengtsson.

Harvesting the Opportunities of Digitalisation

By Martin Jefflen | October 19, 2015

40% of the EU population have insufficient digital skills. 18% have still never used the internet. 2020 there will be an estimate of 825.000 unfilled vacancies for ICT professionals.

A choice for profit or for purchasing power? Yes there are alternatives!

By Jan De Paepe | October 19, 2015

There is no alternative’ was the clear message that Mr. Tsipras received from his colleagues when they forced him last summer to accept a new plan of savings for the Greek economy. However, if we look around across Europe, not only the Greek adjust their lifestyle to a lower level.

TTIP should also promote the mobility of workers

By Markus Penttinen | October 18, 2015

A fresh analysis shows that TTIP would have positive employment and income effects in many EU countries. On the other side, effects would be minimal in countries such as Germany, France and Italy. The trade unions are demanding that TTIP has to serve citizens; it needs a strong labour chapter and high standards must be preserved.

A new labour mobility package is being prepared, but will it leave out the essentials?

By Janina Mackiewicz | October 16, 2015

One of the greatest achievements of the EU is free movement of people and particularly the possibility to work in another member state. Despite of this, intra-EU mobility is low and only around 7 million Europeans live and work in another EU country. Nevertheless, the political discussion in Europe is focused on benefit tourism, even if it has been proven that people mainly move after jobs.

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.

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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.