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Benchmarking Working Europe 2017

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We would like to draw your attention to a new publication by our partners from the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI). This 2017 edition of Benchmarking working Europe focuses on the question ‘overcoming cleavages across the EU?’. It analyses in four chapters and with the help of 58 visual graphs latest trends and outcomes of European policies in the areas of macro-economics, wages and collective bargaining, labour markets and, last but not least, social dialogue and workers’ participation. The report demonstrates that the European Union is experiencing increasing social divergences and underlines the need for new policies that can generate higher [...]

Digitalisation: ETUI presents good examples of negotiated solutions

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This Policy Brief published by the European Trade Union Institute of the ETUC looks at how effective worker participation can make digitalisation a programme for success for companies and employees alike. The author provides a great number of good examples of negotiated solutions on the company level. Digitalisation: challenges for company codetermination Publication date : 2016 Number of pages : 5 Author(s) : Manuela Maschke, Hans Böckler Foundation, Germany  

EP [JURI): New step for the protection of whistle-blowers

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On 2 October 2017, in the margins of the plenary, the EP Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) adopted the own-initiative report by Ms ROZIÈRE (S&D, FR) on the protection of whistle-blowers, with 17 votes in favour, one against and 5 abstentions. In her draft report, Ms ROZIÈRE proposed that the EU take action to protect whistle-blowers, by means of a horizontal legislative instrument. She considered that there were a number of possible legal bases available to the Commission to propose such an instrument. She also suggested that the EU support the existing international standards and advocated a broad definition of [...]

Council: US to negotiate a new agreement on working time

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On 31 July, Union Syndicale, along with two other representative trade unions of the Council and the Secretary-General signed a new agreement on the organization of working time: Simplification, more autonomy for colleagues, less hierarchical controls. Moreover, thanks to our Union Syndicale negotiation strategy, firm commitments from the employer were obtained in terms of rights to disconnection (protection against digital intrusion in free time), compensation for night work and weekends, as well as daily and weekly minimum breaks guaranteed by European legislation.   20170731 FT-NA Constat Accord (Signed) 20170712.FT-NA.Declaration OSPs (Deconnexion) 20170731.FT-NA Constat Accord (Annex B 3-col doc)

Social rights : European civil servants in trouble

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  In 2016, the President of the European Patent Office (EPO) dismissed three elected staff representatives, all of them members of the staff union. Three other staff representatives were aggressively demoted in 2015 and 2016. Over the past four years five staff members of the EPO have committed suicide. Sheltering behind its immunity, the EPO has refused any independent enquiry by the local authorities concerned with regard to the circumstances An article published in February 2016 on the French website “Novethic” (promoting social responsibility in enterprises) reports on the serious mental health risks for staff in the EPO and the [...]