• 30.03.2023 Press release

    Pay transparency wait would cost women €17,000

    Delays in implementing the EU’s newly passed pay transparency directive would cost women workers an average of €17,000 in lost wages. The directive designed to close the EU’s gender pay gap of 12.7% cleared its last hurdle today after the final text was adopted by the European Parliament. The directive includes a ban on pay secrecy clauses and the right for women workers and their unions to request transparent information on pay.
  • 22.03.2023 Speech

    Tripartite Social Summit – 22/03/2023 - Intervention of Esther Lynch, ETUC General Secretary

    TSS March 2023
    Tripartite Social Summit – 22 March 2023 -  Intervention of Esther Lynch, ETUC General Secretary "Cracking Europe’s Competitiveness Code" [Check against delivery] President von der Leyen, President Michel, Prime Minister Kristersson, Vice-President,  Commissioner, Deputy Prime Minister, colleagues, The title giving the right answers to Europe’s competitiveness challenges – how to make Europe the place to be for industrial investments creating growth and quality jobs was chosen carefully.
  • 16.03.2023 Press release

    Single market deregulation plan ‘betrayal of Delors’

    The European Commission today published plans for the future of the single market which puts the EU on course for a race to the bottom and takes it even further away from Jacques Delors’ vision of a social Europe. The communications on the 30th anniversary of the single market and “long-term competitiveness of the EU” includes an arbitrary target of cutting “regulatory burden” by 25%.
  • 16.03.2023 Press release

    National UPdates n°27 - Spring 2023

    Dear readers, As European countries count the cost of the energy crisis and the war in Ukraine, trade unions have scored successes in defending workers’ livelihoods, as illustrated for example in our top story in this edition, from Germany. Elsewhere, unions continue to negotiate for higher pay and improved conditions, such as reduced or flexible working hours and a better quality of life. Joining a union is of real benefit to working people. 
  • 14.03.2023 Press release

    ‘Cosmetic’ energy reforms won’t help workers

    The European Commission today proposed a revision of the EU’s internal electricity market design. Commenting on the proposal, ETUC Confederal Secretary Ludovic Voet said: “Working people have been badly let down by the EU’s privatised energy market, which has exacerbated the energy price crisis causing misery for millions this winter. “A reform of EU energy policy which puts people’s right to clean and affordable energy before discredited liberalisation dogma from the 1980s is long overdue.
  • 08.03.2023 Press release

    IWD: Bosses’ ‘blind spot’ over harassment of women commuters

    Employers are ignoring their responsibility for the safety of women workers during their commute to and from work, trade unions have warned on International Women’s Day. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and its affiliates today held a “Safe all the Way” protest outside Brussels Central Station to raise the alarm over this “blind spot” which leaves women at a higher risk of violence and harassment on their way to and from work.
  • 01.03.2023 Press release

    MEPs back workers' voice in corporate due diligence

    MEPs have today voted for the explicit involvement of trade unions and workers’ representatives in defending human rights in corporate supply chains. The Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) of the European Parliament has adopted with a large majority (28 votes in favour, 20 against and 1 abstention) its opinion on the proposal for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence.
  • 27.02.2023 Press release

    Turkey: Detention of union leaders sets back relief efforts

    The Deputy General Secretary of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK), Fahrettin Engin Erdoğan, was among union leaders and members detained at a protest in Istanbul yesterday. The protest was organised by the DISK and the Confederation of Public Employees' Trade Unions (KESK) over reports of corruption hampering efforts to help victims of the country’s recent earthquake. Members of both unions were among more than 100 people detained.   Responding to the developments, ETUC General Secretary Esther Lynch said:
  • 24.02.2023 Press release

    ‘We work whatever the cost’: Ukrainian trade unionists tell of life on frontline

    From working under missile fire to delivering humanitarian aid, Ukrainian workers today told of the heroic sacrifices they have made to keep their country running since Russia’s illegal invasion. Women and men working in all sectors of the Ukrainian economy shared moving personal testimonies about their experience of the war during an online event held by the European Trade Union Confederation and International Trade Union Confederation to mark the first anniversary of the invasion.
  • 21.02.2023 Press release

    EU finally ratifies Istanbul Convention – now protect women at work

    After a delay of six years, the European Council has today finally cleared the way for EU ratification of the Istanbul Convention for action on violence against women. The Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention was launched in 2011 and is the world’s first joint binding effort to fight and prevent violence against women. The process of EU accession began in 2015 but has been blocked in the Council since 2017. Six EU member states have still not ratified the convention: Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia.
  • 19.02.2023 Press release

    Tunisia: Expulsion ‘tip of the iceberg’ in anti-union crackdown

    The General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) arrived safely in Brussels this afternoon after being ordered by the Tunisian Government to leave the country after taking part in a protest against its crackdown on trade unions and workers’ rights. Esther Lynch had travelled to Tunisia as part of a delegation of international union leaders to show solidarity with the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), whose members are being subjected to a campaign of harassment by the country’s government.
  • 17.02.2023 Press release

    ETUC joins Tunisia protests against anti-union crackdown

    European trade unions are throwing their weight behind tomorrow’s protests in Tunisia over the authoritarian crackdown on workers’ rights and democracy by President Kais Saied. ETUC general secretary Esther Lynch has travelled to Sfax for a protest organised by the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) in response to a campaign of arrests, sackings and harassment of trade unionists in the country.
  • 09.02.2023 Press release

    Rising pizza prices show knead for pay rises

    The price of a pizza is rising up to nine times faster than wages in Europe, showing the need to stop speculation on food prices and deliver pay rises which match the rising cost of living.
  • 09.02.2023 Press release

    EU Council: No industry subsidies without social conditions

    European leaders must ensure subsidies for green industry come with social strings attached. The EU’s response to the United States’ Inflation Reduction Act will be discussed by heads of government at the European Council today.  While the European Commission has published plans to keep industry in Europe by matching US subsidies for clean-tech, the EU is so far being left behind when it comes to social conditions to ensure public money is used for the common good. The Inflation Reduction Act includes:
  • 07.02.2023 Press release

    Unions protect window cleaners from falls

    Window cleaners will not be put at a higher risk of deadly falls after trade unions convinced manufacturers against lowering the safety standards for ladders.
  • 06.02.2023 Press release

    Asbestos protections too little, too late

    A new European asbestos exposure limit will be too little and too late to protect workers from cancer, trade unions are warning today as the European Parliament publishes its report on the issue.
  • 02.02.2023 Press release

    Green industry plan hands CEOs blank cheque

    The European Commission yesterday presented a Communication on A Green Deal Industrial Plan for the Net-Zero Age but has written a blank cheque by failing to put social conditions on billions of Euros worth of subsidies for European businesses. The European Commission announced yesterday details of its Green Deal Industrial Plan, which would see around 250 billion in EU funds, and billions more in national state aid to support clean tech companies.