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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.

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.

Martin Todd

The crudest forms of racism are alive and kicking within the workplace

By Martin Todd | September 18, 2018

One of the myths regarding racism is that black professionals and managers do not face the crude forms of racial insults and attacks, within the workplace. However, at the recent ETUC/ETUI workshop on racism and xenophobia in the workplace, fundamentally challenged any such perception.

Professional women have to become the big fish

By Janina Mackiewicz | July 31, 2018

For some time now, it has been noted that European women are highly-skilled, and an increasing number of women graduate with tertiary education. Still, highly-educated women find it harder to enter the labour market and are in lower-skilled jobs in comparison to men.

Paula Ruiz Rorres

Bologna Process and European Higher Education Area: aiming for the sky

By Paula Ruiz Torres | July 3, 2018

Inclusion, equity, employability, lifelong learning and the transformation of teaching and learning practices need to be raised higher in every country’s political agenda. 

Balanced legislation for creators and users

By Ute Meyenberg | April 24, 2018

In the digital era, education and work are heavily influenced by new technologies. For education and research professionals, the complexity lies in the fact that they are often both users and creators of copyrighted material.