Posts in the "Tuc" category

Can the EU Social Summit Deliver for Working People?

Posted on November 16, 2017

Esther Lynch - ETUC Confederal Secretary
Esther Lynch
ETUC Confederal Secretary

As the Social Summit opens in Gothenburg, the ETUC's Esther Lynch asks if the EU can deliver real gains for working people

‘Fair Jobs and Growth’ is a key focus of the much-heralded Social Summit in Gothenburg, a theme that many feel has been long neglected by an EU more concerned with fiscal rules than the well-being of working people.

And there is something concrete and worthwhile to discuss: President Juncker’s European Pillar of Social Rights.

The Pillar comprises 20 commitments and rights including “the right to fair wages”, the right to a high level of health and safety protection at work and “the right to adequate social protection.”

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Europe Needs a Pay Rise

Posted on February 28, 2017

ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini
ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini

ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentinioutlines the reasoning behind the organisation's ambitious new campaign - a pay rise for workers across Europe

 

Wages in Europe have collapsed in the last decade.

The cause?

Globalisation, the financial crisis and, above all, the austerity measures that followed from the crisis. Wage cuts and the dismantling of collective bargaining and minimum wage systems have been the principle - and badly chosen - tools of economic adjustment.

Today, after almost a decade of pain for workers, we can say in sadness but absolute confidence that it hasn’t worked. Instead of recovery, we still face stagnation, high levels of unemployment, a fall in demand.

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EUROPE NEEDS A PAY RISE!

Posted on January 15, 2016

ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini
ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini

Luca Vistentini, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) argues that the European Union needs investment, wage rises and a healthy dose of solidarity to recover from the current crisis 

 

Europe must do an urgent economic about turn and adopt policies that focus on boosting investment and internal demand.

While there are some signs of recovery there is no significant increase in quality jobs and unemployment remains far too high, with over 22 million in  the EU 28 out of work. 

The reason is obvious: almost every economic policy adopted by European leaders since the onset of crisis has been wrong.

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NEW YEAR, SAME OLD TORIES

Posted on January 07, 2016

Owen Tudor - Head of the TUC’s European Union & International Relations Department
Owen Tudor
Head of the TUC’s European Union & International Relations Department

The TUC's Owen Tudor reports on the UK government's ongoing assault on union rights and why Valentine's Day may be a little different this year

On Monday (11 January), the UK’s House of Lords began detailed consideration of the government’s Trade Union Bill, the latest attempt to relive the Thatcherite dream of 'taking on' the trade unions and restricting our ability to defend workers’ rights and public services.

The Bill emerged largely unscathed from the House of Commons before Christmas, although the government was forced to concede some ground on the more alarming attacks on the right to strike – such as the Orwellian requirement that unions should advise the police and employers of union social media strategies (but not vice versa.)

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TORY AGENDA ON EUROPE THREATENS RIGHTS OF ALL WORKERS

Posted on October 30, 2015

Owen Tudor - Head of the TUC’s European Union & International Relations Department
Owen Tudor
Head of the TUC’s European Union & International Relations Department

By Owen Tudor*

 

The TUC has long been committed to the model of Social Europe as outlined by Jacques Delors.

The deal he set out is still the only deal in town: a free trade area, but not unfettered free trade In other words:

  • Rights at work to counterbalance the right to trade,
  • Free movement of labour, goods and capital,
  • Decent work with social dialogue, social protection and public services ,
  • And a successful, competitive economy in which wealth is shared fairly.

And what we got in the early years was pretty much what Delors promised.

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Women's Lives Matter

Posted on March 04, 2015

Eileen Dinning, STUC
Eileen Dinning, STUC

Eileen Dinning*

If we are over 50% of the population, where are we in the power game ?

Well, not that prominent, if truth be told.

Media wise we see increasingly more women in positions of power. From senior politicians, NHS Chief Executives and Chief Constables, women’s profile is higher than it has ever been.

And yet, there is no significant improvement in women’s lives. If anything the trend is backwards.

Low pay persists and there is no sign of the gender pay gap closing.Women are paying out more on private childcare than on their mortgage payments, while the care system is creaking due to lack of funding and an increase in violence against women and children.

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Permanent link | Comments (0) | Categories: Women's DaySTUCEquality

Defending the Right to Strike

Posted on February 11, 2015

Sharan Burrow, ITUC. Pic - Horst Wagner (ITUC)
Sharan Burrow, ITUC. Pic - Horst Wagner (ITUC)

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

In towns and cities, court rooms and corridors, workplaces and street corners the battle lines have been drawn for workers to hold on to their right to strike.

On February 18, a global day of action in support of the right to strike will demonstrate the will of working people to keep the right to withdraw their labour.

The day of action is in response to an audacious move by employer groups at the International Labour Organisation to end the international legal basis for the right to strike.  It is shaping up as a major test of the power of employers and big business to dictate wages and working conditions to employees. 

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