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Unions adopt the Vienna Declaration to radically overhaul working time

Friday 14 September 2018

During a two-day high-level conference held this week in Vienna (10th – 11th September), UNI Europa, the European trade union federation for the services sector, adopted the Vienna Declaration on working time. The paper – ‘It is our Time: Working Time in the New World of Work –Working Time and Collective Bargaining Policy’ – was…

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Unions call for a working time overhaul at high-level conference

Wednesday 12 September 2018

This week, UNI Europa and its largest Austrian affiliate, GPA-djp, held a two-day high-level conference in Vienna on working time. Against the back drop of a new law in Austria increasing the working day from eight to twelve hours and the working week from forty to sixty hours, the conference was an opportunity for trade…

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Trade unions issue an unprecedented emergency alert

Friday 27 April 2018

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has issued an unprecedented ‘emergency alert’ that highlights countries and situations where the opportunity for working people in Europe to achieve decent wages and working conditions is under threat. “At the heart of Europe is a social contract that offers working people the opportunity to get decent wages and…

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Productivity increases while wages stagnate

Thursday 19 April 2018

New figures calculated by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) show that wage increases in the European Union over the last 16 years would have been four times higher if they had fully reflected productivity increases. It is standard economic theory that wage increases should follow productivity increases –…

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Victory for social rights as European services e-card is rejected

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Today trade unions scored a victory for social rights after having successfully led the drive to reject the European Commission’s proposal for an e-card in a vote in the internal market (IMCO) committee. The General Secretary and Confederal Secretary of the ETUC, alongside the heads of the European Trade Union Federations EFFAT, ETF, industriAll, EPSU,…

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