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Commission Strategy on LGBTIQ+ equality

The Commission presents its first-ever strategy on LGBTIQ+ equality in the EU The European Commission presented today the first-ever EU Strategy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) equality, as announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union Address. While progress in the EU was made towards LGBTIQ equality over the past years, discrimination against LGBTIQ people persists with 43% feeling discriminated. The COVID-19 crisis has only exacerbated the situation. Today's Strategy addresses the inequalities and challenges affecting LGBTIQ people, setting out a number of targeted actions, including legal and funding measures, for the next 5 years. The Strategy proposes to extend the list of EU crimes to cover hate crime, including homophobic hate speech and hate crime and to [...]

24 November 2020|Categories: Commission, Human rights, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Accession of the EU to ECHR

Accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights Good news for the European institutions! On 29 September 2020, the EU and the Council of Europe resumed negotiations on the Union's accession to the European Convention on Human Rights. It protects the rights of millions of Europeans and is the basis of common values such as the rule of law and democracy. Therefore, "the EU's accession to the Convention, which is a legal obligation under the Treaty of Lisbon, will further strengthen the protection of human rights in Europe.” It is also a step in the right direction for the staff of the European organisations and institutions, who will be able, from now on, to assert their rights and ensure that administrations [...]

19 October 2020|Categories: Commission, Conseil de l’Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: |

EU law to tackle stress after lockdown

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 Mental Health Day, unions are launching the EndStress.EU campaign to secure an EU directive to tackle the growing problem. Why it’s time to tackle work-related stress in [...]

EPSU is looking for a Policy Officer !

EPSU : Vacancy for a Policy Officer for Health and Social Services European Federation of Public Service Unions  EPSU brings together over 260 trade unions from 50 European countries. We influence the policies and decisions of employers, governments and European institutions, campaigning for well-funded public services and better rights at work. EPSU members work in health and social services, local, regional and central governments, and energy waste and water, employed by the public sector or for non-profit or private sector organisations. EPSU is a member of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European regional organisation of the Public Services International (PSI). EPSU is recruiting a Policy Officer to lead its work in the Health and Social Services (HSS) sector. Main responsibilities: The main [...]

06 October 2020|Categories: EPSU|

COVID-19 and gender equality

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 coronavirus has turned our lives upside down: reduction of social ties (a bubble of a limited number of people), changes in our cultural habits (reservations [...]

Union Syndicale : passing of Jean-Pierre Tytgat & Roger Vancampenhout

Sad news – They have left us   At a time when summer is beginning and our countries are slowly recovering from those long months of quarantine, Union Syndicale is mourning : with the passing of Jean-Pierre Tytgat and Roger Vancampenhout, two pillars of the Union are leaving us. With them, all the expertise and skills they put at the service of the defense of the staff of the European institutions will be gone. They were the great ambassadors of Union Syndicale and put forward values such as fraternity and solidarity. They defended these values ardently when they were members of Union Syndicale Fédérale but also in their respective unions in Luxembourg and Brussels. However, their successors will continue to convey these values dear to [...]

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