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EFBWW political demands to the newly elected European Parliament for 2014-2019
The EFBWW calls on the new European Parliament to restore the European Social Model, to restore workers’ and trade union rights which have been lost via judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union, via EU directives and regulations, or via circumventions of existing rules and regulations, and to introduce new and improved regulations and enforcement mechanisms in order to secure equal treatment of workers, to guarantee a level playing-field on the Internal Market, and to retain a...


The EU REFIT agenda threatens health and safety at work and working conditions
On 27 May the EFBWW Executive Committee adopted a statement on the so called EU Smart Regulation agenda under the REFIT programme. In the statement, the EFBWW underlines that occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation is not detrimental to the business community, but establishes transparent and equal competitive conditions for the EU business community, while protecting workers from exploitation and poor occupational health and safety standards. The EFBWW states that the Smart Regulation...


European elections show youth dissatisfaction
The 2014 European Parliament election results send a clear message that European citizens – including precarious young workers and jobseekers – feel that European decision-makers have not done enough to address unemployment and guarantee the participation of young people in the European labour market.The stable level of abstention and regrettable success of Eurosceptic and far-right parties in some Member States is testimony to widespread dissatisfaction with the way in which national...


ACV BIE action and training event for young trade unionists in the construction sector
On 16-17 May, Belgian trade union ACV BIE organized a two day action and training event for young trade unionists in the construction sector. More than 50 youngsters participated in what was a very interactive and dynamic conference with lots of action, debate, training and fun.Young construction workers from ACV BIE (Belgium), FNV Bouw (Netherlands), CGT and CFDT (France), IGBAU (Germany), CISL and CGIL (Italy) expressed their concern about their future. Social dumping and austerity...


The trade unions in Ukraine need support for independence and democracy – interview with Vasyl Andreyev, president of PROFBUD
Domenico Pesenti, EFBWW President and Filca-Cisl General Secretary says: "We express our solidarity with the Ukrainian people and workers, and with the Ukrainian trade union movement especially the Construction and Building Materials Industry Workers’ Union of Ukraine PROFBUD, supporting its initiative for a real democracy, and for workers and citizens’ social rights, and we condemn all kinds of violence that has caused many deaths since the beginning of the riots. We do hope that shortly...

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