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(11/10/2017)

EFBWW President re-elected as vice-President of the German construction trade union IG BAU.
The EFBWW congratulates its President Dietmar Schäfers, with his re-election as vice-President of IG BAU. An overwhelming majority of the IG BAU Congress reconfirmed his mandate. As principal collective bargaining negotiator he will have the difficult task to steer his trade union and to reach a collective agreement for thousands of German and foreign construction workers. Despite the improving economic situation in the German...

(2/10/2017)

Global annual death toll due to asbestos related diseases - latest estimates
A comparative study by a team of researchers around Jukka Takala sought to establish verifiable estimates on mortality of asbestos related diseases and was published in the Central European Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Their results suggest that the global annual death toll is indeed much higher than previously thought. The figures far exceed the routinely used WHO figure of approximately 100,000.The researchers estimate ranges from a low of 183,000 to a high of...

(2/10/2017)

Publication: “From Miracle Mineral to first-rate Carcinogen” by Gerd Albracht
With the support of the IALI general secretariat and the EFBWW a German journal printed a special English language edition of an article that described the history of the fight to ban asbestos in Europe “From Miracle Mineral to first-rate Carcinogen” by Gerd Albracht. The article was originally published in the German journal Sicherheitsingenieur dedicated to OSH issues. The article also describes the EFBWW’s role in promoting an asbestos free Europe and the collaboration with...

(10/5/2017)

Employers and workers jointly criticise fundamentally flawed proposals for a European services e-card
Today, the European social partners of the cleaning, insurance and construction sectors jointly express their fundamental concerns about the legislative proposals on the European services e-card. They strongly question their real added-value to strengthen the European Single market. The signatories confirm their support for fair competition in a well-functioning Single Market and for the freedom to provide services across the EU. But against this backdrop, they have serious...

(4/5/2017)

Global unions advocate a strong dialogue with LafargeHolcim
IndustriALL Global Union and sister organization Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) attended the annual shareholders meeting of LafargeHolcim on 3 May 2017, demanding tangible progress in negotiations of the Global Framework Agreement (GFA).Some 40 activists from Italy, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France, as well as IndustriALL and BWI officials gathered in front of the entrance to the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland to meet LafargeHolcim shareholders and make...
October
23:Standing Committee Building
26:Social Dialogue Wood-Furniture - WP VET and S&H
November
13:Executive Committee


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