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Agora 87, precariousness in the EU institutions

By |Categories: Agora, Precarity, Precarity, Uncategorized, USF - Union Syndicale Fédérale|Tags: , , |

Discover our brand new Agora 87, about precariousness in the European Public Service: Editorial : In this new Agora 87 on precariousness, Frances McFadden and Isabelle Gossart tell us how they too have experienced precariousness, each in their own way. Overview of contracts in the European institutions: In her article, Isabelle Gossart gives an overview of the different types of contract in the European institutions. Precariousness and its consequences on the staff : Isabelle Wolff and Arty Kyramarios dissect the problem faced by ASTs in their career progression, but also the form of precariousness that affects them. The (not [...]

Covid-19 & the world of work

By |Categories: ETUC, Future of Europe, Uncategorized, USF - Union Syndicale Fédérale, Working conditions|Tags: , , , |

Covid-19 and the world of work: the impact of a pandemic A virus is haunting Europe. And it could strike again. This year’s 20th anniversary issue of our flagship publication Benchmarking Working Europe brings to a growing audience of trade unionists, industrial relations specialists and policymakers a simple warning: beside SARS-CoV-2, the virus that has caused the Covid-19 pandemic and thrown Europe’s economies into a sudden and profound recession, ‘austerity’ is the other nefarious agent from which workers, and Europe as a whole, need to be protected in the challenging months and years ahead. At this point in time, a new wave [...]

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

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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, [...]

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