Pope Francis delivered an address to the Confederation of Trade Unions in Italy (CISL), and his message is a compelling one. It can be read in its entirety here. For me, there were at least four important points. We should not think about labor without understanding, and having due regard for, the human being that…
At 9.00 this morning, in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father Francis received in audience delegates from the Confederation of Trade Unions in Italy (Confederazione Italiana Sindacati Lavoratori, CISL), on the occasion of its 18 th National Congress, on the theme “For the person, for labour” (28 June to 1 July 2017).
French unions go on strike not because they are too strong, but rather because they are weak (really strong unions, such as in Belgium and Scandinavia rarely need to show it). And when they descend into the street or "bossnap" managers, it is probably not to take the Bastille and guillotine opponents – it may well be because they are desperately crying out for talks.
International Framework Agreements (IFA) are important in international labour regulation. As the globalization of production and markets is increasing, an international regulation of labour is strongly needed.
The EU’s austerity policy is unlawful, according to Professor Andreas Fischer-Lescano, a professor at the Centre for European Law and Politics (ZERP), University of Bremen, who drew up a paper for the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB), the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).
In a decision published yesterday (20 November) the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) found that Sweden violated the revised European Social Charter in several respects. Supported by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), its two Swedish affiliates Landsorganisationen i Sverige (LO) and Tjänstemännens Centralorganisation (TCO) filed a complaint against Sweden criticising the ‘Laval’ legislation, which had been introduced in order to conform to the so-called Laval judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (Court of Justice) (C-341/05 - Laval un Partneri).
On 2 October 2013, the European Commission announced that it will not consider giving a legal basis to the 2012 social partner agreement in the hairdressing sector until a broader review of EU occupational health and safety legislation has been carried out in 2015. Representatives on both employers’ and employees’ sides have expressed disappointment and anger that measures which could lead to cost-savings and improve employee welfare have been delayed by political pressure.
Stronger participation is a step towards sustainable corporate governance in the economic, social and ecological dimension, which in itself is a step towards a sustainable company. The ETUC reiterates its call for a strengthening and broader scope of the information and consultation procedures, in particular by a revision of the general framework directive, but also of the participation rights in the Member States where such rights exist.
Organisers of a European Citizens’ Initiative that seeks to halt sales of public water utilities say they have gathered one million signatures from across Europe, becoming the first such group to do so since the grass-roots efforts were launched last spring.
Transfer: European Review of Labour Research is a quarterly peer reviewed journal which stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. Transfer helps to foster understanding of significant developments in the field of European trade union policy and industrial relations. Transfer contributes research findings of practical relevance to the trade unions.
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