On 25 January, UNI Europa representatives, lead by Regional Secretary Oliver Roethig, met with Commissioner Marianne Thyssen to discuss recent developments in Europe concerning social affairs and employment.

At the meeting, the UNI Europa representatives highlighted the challenges in the new world of work due to rapid technological changes. UNI Europa has been one of the leading organisations to investigate the possible effects of digitalisation on the labour market and urged Commissioner Thyssen to secure a just transition for the European services sector and the overhaul of our social security systems.

Regional Secretary Oliver Roethig also addressed the Hairdresser’s Social Dialogue Agreement currently being held hostage by the European Commission; “The process has taken far too long, we have listened to the Commission’s critique and amended the agreement – now it’s time for action. This agreement is a win-win-win – for the health and safety of one million hairdressers, which is no small thing, as well as for the employers and Member States. We want you to know that we are following the ongoing proportionality assessment closely and that we will not bow down on this,” Roethig stated at the meeting.

UNI Europa representatives also addressed the European Commission’s ‘Better Regulation Agenda’ at the meeting. While recognising that many improvements have been made in the updated Inter-Institutional Agreement (IIA), they expressed their regret that it still referred to much to ‘over-regulation’ and ‘deregulation’. UNI Europa will watch this and the general development of the ‘Better Regulation Agenda’ closely.

Furthermore the representatives raised the issue of the ISDS/ICS and the threat it poses to collective agreements as well as the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA); “We are still worried that the TISA will end up restricting a government’s right to regulate higher standards in the interest of their citizens. Until we see the full text, this worry will not be negated,” said Stefaan DeCock, member of the UNI Europa Executive Committee, at the meeting.

Overall the meeting was both positive and constructive. UNI Europa welcomes Commissioner Thyssen’s support for Social Dialogue shown in the Relaunch of the Social Dialogue commitment, and looks forward to working with DG EMPL and the Commissioner in shaping a strong and socially just Europe.

Meetings & Events

2022

06

Oct

ICTS Steering Committee

ICT & Related Services

Timetable TBC

06

Oct

Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee Temporary Agency Plenary Meeting

Agency Workers

Venue and Timing: TBC

10

Oct

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11

Oct

ICTS Workshop -EU project VS 2021 0041

ICT & Related Services

Cross sectoral EU project “Eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work”

The first session on 10 October 2022 (from 13h30 – 17H30 CET) will be a workshop providing general information on the topic of violence and harassment at work and the different tools that social partners have to prevent this.
The second session on 11 October 2022 (from 10h00 – 13h00 CET) will focus on the sector-specific issues and best practices in this context.
The objective of this meeting is to provide sectoral input for the UNI Europa Equal Opportunities project and for the declaration on violence to be drafted by the Telecom Social Dialogue Committee.