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EU law to tackle stress after lockdown

By |Categories: ETUC, Fundamental rights, Stress, USF - Union Syndicale Fédérale, Working conditions|Tags: , , |

Trade unions are launching a campaign for an EU law to tackle work-related stress amid a mental health crisis worsened by the lockdown. Work-related stress had already become an epidemic before confinement, accounting for more than half of all working days lost in the EU. New Eurostat data shows one in three workers are always or often working under time pressure, a major cause of stress. But since the lockdown, the United Nations says stress levels in Europe have “risen substantially.” People working from home are twice as likely to work over 48 hours and more likely to suffer repeatedly interrupted sleep. On the UN’s World [...]

COVID-19 and gender equality

By |Categories: Fundamental rights, Gender pay gap, Harassment, ILO, Right to disconnect, USF - Union Syndicale Fédérale|Tags: , , |

In this COVID-19 pandemic, the first day promoting equal pay and gender equality, organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO), takes place on September 18, 2020. This equality is not called into question in the European institutions thanks to the grade system, which guarantees equal pay for all workers, regardless of gender. However, career equality is not achieved in our organizations and institutions. The latter has moreover been shaken by the Coronavirus crisis. On this occasion, Union Syndicale would like to initiate, in the era of COVID-19, a reflection on gender equality and the issues that will be associated with it. The [...]

Social Dialogue on MFF

By |Categories: Commission, Council, Working conditions|Tags: , , |

Note concerning the social dialogue on MFF, for the attention of Commissioner Johannes Hahn All the trade union organisations wish to be informed of the content of the Commission's proposal on the Union's financial perspectives. The staff representation considers that this proposal will determine both the amount and the volume of staff work for the next seven years as well as the budgetary amount devoted to operating costs. These are matters of great interest to the staff and, therefore, to the trade union organisations representing them. All the more so as a reading of the Commission's proposal shows that heading [...]

Children labour: protection of their rights !

By |Categories: Fundamental rights, Human rights, ILO, Precarity, Precarity, Various, Working conditions|Tags: , , |

In the collective consciousness, children labour has long since ceased to apply in Europe: yet children's rights are not respected everywhere, as shown by the 8% of Ukrainian children who are forced, either by a third person (in any case an adult) or because of poverty, to work in order to survive. In many countries of the world, in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America or Asia, children's rights to education, access to health care and a decent life (comfortable and far from poverty), do not exist. In 2020, about 152 million children, aged between 5 and 17, are working, [...]

IDAHOT 2020: breaking the silence

By |Categories: Fundamental rights, Harassment, Human rights, USF - Union Syndicale Fédérale|Tags: , |

Sunday May the 17th 2020 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, better known as IDAHOT. This day provides an opportunity to highlight the inequalities that people still experience because of their sexual orientation in several countries around the world. It is important to remember that marriage for people of the same sex is only allowed in a handful of countries and that people claiming a different sexual orientation still risk the death penalty in too many countries. It is a sad anniversary this year because exactly 30 years ago the WHO removed homosexuality from the list of mental [...]

Harassment: a scourge that affects even the European institutions

By |Categories: Commission, Fundamental rights, Harassment, Harassment, ILO, USB (Union Syndicale Brussels), USF - Union Syndicale Fédérale|Tags: , , |

Harassment in the workplace is not a recent concept, a vanished evil that is resurfacing. Harassment has always been present and the European institutions and international organisations are no exception. The resulting psychosocial risks are too often minimised and considered to have little impact on the entire working environment. It is a real scourge that is rife at all levels and Union Syndicale considers that harassment still does not benefit from a clear definition in the European Institutions that would allow it to be better identified, countered and sanctioned. The International Labour Office (ILO) also comes to the same conclusion: “There is [...]

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