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The CETA Compromise

Friday 28 October 2016

This week has seen a dramatic playoff between the Belgian region of Wallonia and the rest of the EU, as Wallonia initially denied to sign CETA – the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU. As media houses and politicians from across the political spectrum lashed out to Wallonia blaming them for…

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UNI Europa Graphical & Packaging adopts ‘Berlin Appeal’ for stronger unions, more democracy and less xenophobia and walls

Friday 28 October 2016

UNI Europa Graphical & Packaging adopted the ‘Berlin Appeal’ during the UNI Europa Graphical & Packaging Collective Bargaining Conference which took place in Berlin 20-21 October 216: ‘European governments are forging ahead with liberal policies and, in their attempts to stay in office, many are adopting nauseous Fascist thinking, denying the right of asylum and…

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New trade information – TiSA sneaking towards conclusion?

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Christina Colclough, UNI Global Union’s Senior Advisor on trade was in Berlin this week together with over 30 experts from the global and national union movement and civil society organisations to discuss the newest developments in the trade deals TiSA, CETA, TPP and TTIP. Colclough comments: “When you start unravelling these trade deals, finding how…

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Commission 2017 Work Plan: little social progress and no mentioning of hairdressing agreement on health and safety

Wednesday 26 October 2016

The EU Commission’s Work Programme 2017 is a disappointment for services trade unions. The Commission fails to commit to more Social Europe. President Juncker and Vice-President Timmermans continue to treat labour issues as secondary, “small” things. The social partner agreement of the hairdressing sector is not even mentioned. Despite the legal revision of the agreement…

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