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Better Regulation – it really isn’t

Thursday 10 March 2016

published on Euractiv on 9 March 2016 by Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary When the European Commission introduced its ‘Better Regulation Agenda’’ in May last year, for a moment I allowed myself to think this could actually lead to better law-making for all. Then suspicion settled in. The agenda claimed to ensure that the design of…

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Social Rights Pillar: Just a Trojan horse for ‘Better Regulation’?

Wednesday 9 March 2016

by Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary As stated in the ETUCs press release yesterday, the European Trade Union Movement has some serious misgivings about some of the contents of the draft social pillar – an initiative launched by the European Commission. European trade unions doubt some of the content of the pillar including: Lack of protection…

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Join the HeartUnions campaign

Thursday 11 February 2016

By Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary This Monday, our comrades in The Trade Union Congress (TUC) launched a campaign to protest the Trade Union Bill which is being discussed by the UK Parliament this week – the HeartUnions campaign. We, UNI Europa and our affiliates, wholeheartedly support this campaign. Here is why: The TU bill is…

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Last Chance Social Europe?

Thursday 11 February 2016

By Christina J. Colclough, Head of EU Affairs Let’s face it, the European Commission, which came to office under the President’s warning that this is the Commission of the Last Chance, has little – if any – interest in strengthening worker’s rights in Europe. Indeed, roughly 5 months into their term, the First Vice-President of…

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European services: The backbone of Europe’s economy

Monday 1 February 2016

By Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary Services are the backbone of European economic and social life. The EU’s economy (which is the world’s largest) is measured in terms of the goods and services it produces (GDP). A common vision for the future of services in Europe is therefore crucial to ensure healthy, happy workers and a…

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