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Just Transition at risk – COP21 negotiators called on to ensure inclusion

Friday 4 December 2015

The ITUC President and Secretary General sent an open letter to the COP21 presidents on Thursday 3 December as informal documents had shown that Just Transition language had been removed from article 2 in the official operational part of the text and instead inserted in the preamble section. This in turn downgrades the pledge and…

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Quantitative targets and member state irresponsibility

Tuesday 1 December 2015

By Christina J. Colclough, Head of EU Affairs, UNI Europa On 26 November 2015, First-Vice President of the EU Commission Timmermans, received a letter signed by 19 EU member states. In it, the member states praise Mr Timmermans’ Better Regulation agenda and its focus on competitiveness, on the removal of ‘unnecessary burdens’ and on the…

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COP21: Solving climate change is our best hope for peace and prosperity

Sunday 29 November 2015

The 21st UNFCCC Conference of Parties is opening today in the city of light after several days of grief following the Paris attacks. Around 570,000 people joined climate marches around the world, with more than 2000 events taking place in 175 countries. In Paris, UNI Global Union and ITUC joined the peaceful Human Chain Action for…

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European Commission: Is this a small thing?

Friday 27 November 2015

In a recent “explanatory” publication on better regulation, the Commission openly mocks the ongoing efforts of social partners to implement a European Framework Agreement on health and safety in the hairdressing sector. The Commission, repeating its mantra of “The EU must not be big on small things” alongside with two images, one of them being…

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Trade unions for the elimination of violence against women

Wednesday 25 November 2015

European trade unionists will mark November 25 – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women – with a pledge to work against violence against women, whether at the workplace or at home, until it is eliminated. The shocking facts are that One in three women has been a victim of physical and/or…

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