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‘Travel time is work time’ – European Court

Friday 11 September 2015

The European Court of Justice has ruled that travel time to and from first and last appointments by workers without a fixed office should be regarded as working time. This is an important ruling for care workers across Europe, and is important in the context of the changing landscape of care work worldwide, and according to…

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Youth structures in European trade union federations

Monday 7 September 2015

The attached Background and News article will be published in the November 2015 issue of Transfer (Vol. 21, issue 4), the European Trade Union Institute publication. The article provides a brief overview of the existing structures for organising and representing young workers in six European trade union federations (ETUFs). Recently, trade union youth structures have…

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Final report on the HLG on retail competitiveness released

Friday 4 September 2015

On 31 July 2015, the EU Commission published the report of the High-level group on retail competitiveness. The report outlines the views of the Group on how to improve the competitiveness of the EU retail sector and create more jobs opportunities. The Group identified five key themes that are considered essential for improving the competitiveness…

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Digitalisation and its economic and social potentials

Tuesday 1 September 2015

Digitalisation entails huge potentials to boost both growth and the quality of life in Europe. UNI Europa, the European trade union federation representing 7 million service workers, and ÖGB Europabüro, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation, together with AK EUROPA, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour, are therefore…

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UNI Europa reply to EU consultation on Circular Economy

Thursday 20 August 2015

UNI Europa today answered DG Environment’s consultation on circular economy*, pushing for the move from a product based to a service based economy to include strong social safeguards. The European Commission withdrew the Circular Economy Package proposed in 2014 as part of its Better Regulation agenda earlier this year. Since then the European Parliament has…

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