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In a current study, the European Trade Union Institute analyses the challenges facing the two key sectors of the coal and automobile industry, towards a climate neutral Europe. One thing is clear: a just transition is required to keep the negative impact on the affected workers to a minimum.

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By hosting a current event, which took place in Brussels on 3rd February, AK EUROPA, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour, and ÖGB Europabüro, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation, addressed two important topics: platform work and minimum wages.

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On 27th January, Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni as well as the Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, answered questions of the Members of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee as well as of the European Parliament’s Employment Committee.

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AK EUROPA, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour and ÖGB Europabüro, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation would like to cordially invite you to our event:

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On 14th January 2020, the EU Commission presented a communication on creating a strong social Europe for a just transition. Also launched on this day was the initial phase of the social partner consultation on the issue of fair minimum wages.

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The Mobility Package, which was extremely controversially discussed by the EU institutions since May 2017, is nearing completion. As this Package newly regulates the working and social conditions for HGV and bus drivers as well as market access for transport companies, it could have made a large contribution to the fight against wage and social dumping. However, the agreement of the trilogue negotiations between Council, Parliament and Commission, which was reached on 12th  December 2019, only provides actual improvements for the driving personnel in some points.

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Scandals such as Dieselgate and Cambridge Analytica have clearly exposed the fact that law enforcement for consumers in Europe – in particular in comparison to the USA – is insufficient. Hence, the proposal for a Directive on representative actions is an important milestone for European consumers. The trilogue negotiations on this important legal act will start In January.

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Particularly in the run up to Christmas, Amazon’s business is booming. Criticism of the tech giant appears not to have impact on consumers’ shopping behaviour -  the power of the company, based on dubious and anti-trade union strategies, is growing.

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In countries such as Germany and France, every three days a woman is killed by a violent partner or ex-partner. So far in 2019, the number of victims in Austria has reached 19. The 25th November reminds us year after year that violence against women and girls remains at a constant high level. The ratification of the so-called Istanbul Convention at EU level would be a step in the right direction.

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In the aftermath of the 2008 crisis, unemployment figures reached a peak of more than 26 million in the EU in 2013. Principle 13 of the European Pillar of Social Rights states that the unemployed have the right to adequate unemployment benefits of reasonable duration. Unemployment insurance schemes exist in all EU Member states, however they vary considerably and do not always offer sufficient protection. AK proposes the introduction of common minimum standards for unemployment insurance schemes in EU Member States.

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