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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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The Road to Rome

Sunday 17 January 2016

By Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary Political and technological forces are threatening workers’ rights all over Europe. The European Commission is pushing the EU in an increasingly neoliberal direction, through initiatives such as the “Better Regulation Agenda” and is increasingly effective in its anti-worker agenda. President Juncker’s team seems set on creating an EU which put…

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The Amorality of the Sharing Economy

Wednesday 16 December 2015

By Christina J. Colclough, Head of EU Affairs, UNI Europa Recently, I have held quite a few speeches on the sharing economy, or rather on the amorality of the sharing economy and the new forms of employment we see are on the rise: bogus self-employment, zero-hour contracts to name just two. The sharing economy, marketed…

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UNI Europa’s Christina Colclough at Politico event on the Industrial Internet Era

Friday 11 December 2015

On 8 December, UNI Europa’s Head of EU Affairs Dr. Christina J. Coclough spoke at a Politico event on the Industrial Internet Era. Focus was the influence of the Digital Single Market on the development of the Industrial Internet and its promise to turn Europe’s traditional industries around. What incentives can policymakers create to encourage…

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European Commission launches renewed single market strategy

Wednesday 28 October 2015

On 28 October 2015, the European Commission launched a renewed strategy for the single market for goods and services. Presenting the strategy, European Commission Vice-President Katainen and Commissioner responsible Bieńkowska stressed how the single market requires an overhaul in light of both the EU’s disappointing economic and social performance and in an age of rapid…

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UNI Europa Services Manifesto

Wednesday 2 April 2014

The May 2014 European elections are a critical event for European services workers: Those who will be selected as the next EU leadership will take decisions that have a strong impact on the working conditions of the more than seven million services workers that we – UNI Europa – represent. There are important decisions to…

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