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Find here information on UNI Europa’s work on EU services policy. Unlike the European Commission, we do not believe that the integration of the internal market is enough to support quality jobs, growth, and quality services. UNI Europa therefore strives to develop an alternative EU services policy.

Over the past twenty years, creating the internal market for services has been the EU’s flagship initiative in the field of services policy. Yet, UNI Europa observes that the internal market project has contributed to the growth of precarious employment and low quality services. We are therefore active to change the direction of EU internal market policy and to put targeted policies for quality jobs and quality services on the Commission’s agenda. We work with the European institutions, fellow trade unions, and researchers to develop an EU services policy that works for all – service workers, consumers, and companies alike.
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Social Europe in ‘last chance saloon’

Friday 20 January 2017

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) together with the European trade union federations is warning the European Commission that the EU is in the ‘last-chance saloon’ to tackle popular resentment towards the EU. “I believe the Pillar of Social Rights can be a way of getting Europe back on track, but only if it provides…

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What to look for in the European Pillar of Social Rights

Thursday 19 January 2017

On 23 January, UNI Europa will take part in a high level conference on the European Pillar of Social Rights, organised by the European Commission, just a few days after the European Parliament plenary adopted a report on the European Pillar of Social Rights with strong proposals to strengthen social rights in the EU.  UNI…

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Red card for services passport?

Thursday 8 December 2016

Will an “EU Services Card” (previously known as ‘Services Passport’) be included in an ‘Internal Market Package’, due to be unveiled by the European Commission next week? The idea is supposed make it easier for businesses to provide services across borders, but is opposed by trade unions and employers. Trade unions say it is a…

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The Future of Work discussed at multiple events this week

Thursday 17 November 2016

An EESC-ILO Conference on the Future of Work was held this week in Brussels in the framework of the global consultation called by the ILO. The event aimed to identify the key challenges and opportunities related to the Future of Work in the EU context. Meanwhile in Nyon,  the UNI Global Union Leadership Summit on…

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Time to stop the talks: TiSA negotiations must be brought to a halt

Friday 14 October 2016

Newly released Wikileaks documents make it clear that the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is no more than a corporate power grab and that negotiations must be stopped. The wide scope of the deregulatory agenda and attack on democratic governance has been exposed. The EU is attempting to wrestle control of every level of governance…

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