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When is the 35-hour working week coming?

By Paula Ruiz Torres | January 11, 2024

Time management a key concern for today’s worker

Compulsory ESG reporting for companies

By Ute Meyenberg | November 7, 2023

A step forward to a just transition

Finnish family reform provides leave equality

By Lotta Savinko | December 20, 2022

Improvements to work-life balance secured through negotiations

Childcare crisis grips Belgian workers

By Sandra Vercammen | December 15, 2022

With soaring energy costs adding to the cost-of-living crisis, Belgian workers now face another pressing issue: the collapse of the childcare sector.

How do trade unions contribute to the European knowledge society?

By Gerald Musger | December 8, 2022

Austrian trade unionist Gerald Musger, who served as a member of Eurocadres Executive Committee from 1993 and vice-president from 2005 to 2013, has recently published a thesis examining the role trade unions play in advancing worker’s knowledge based.

The time for research, development and innovation is now

By Paula Ruiz Torres | June 16, 2022

One of the key elements that determines the development of a country in its scientific and research policy is its investment in research and development and innovation (R&D&I). The current…

An opportunity we cannot miss

By Paula Ruiz Torres | January 27, 2022

The reduction of working hours has been a traditional demand of the working class and constitutes a necessary and fair request considering the evolution our working world has undergone in recent decades, the economic results achieved and the unequal distribution of these results.

Women caught in the teleworking trap?

By Paula Ruiz Torres | January 14, 2021

The pandemic has made telework to become the rule and not the exception. And this might stay so also after the pandemic. Being a female professional, this implies an intensified double charge of professional work and private/family tasks.

Don’t let next health crisis be mental

By Martin Jefflen | April 28, 2020

COVID-19 is taking a toll on the mental health of people. The road to recovery risks worsening the stress epidemic Europe has been in for years.

Professional women on the move

By Anelise G. de Araujo | April 1, 2020

While major European capitals continue to attract a growing number of highly skilled intra-EU mobile citizens and third-country nationals, professional women on the move may face many difficulties in re-entering the labour market, including periods of unemployment and deskilling in the host country.

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 reach the top

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.

Work life balance beyond the glass ceiling

By Paula Ruiz Torres | March 8, 2018

Balancing work and private life is not an easy task for European workers in general, let alone female professionals and managers.

Paula Ruiz Rorres

La conciliación de la vida laboral, personal y familiar más allá del techo de cristal

By Paula Ruiz Torres | March 8, 2018

La conciliación de la vida laboral, personal y familiar no resulta fácil para las profesionales y directivas. A menudo se ven obligadas a elegir entre su carrera profesional o su vida familiar.