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Building & Construction
European Works Councils
Safety and Health
Safety and Health Asbestos Campaign
Wood, Furniture and Forestry
Stop work-related cancer:
EFBWW welcomes draft for new Directive on carcinogens at workplaces, but sees need for improvements On May 13th, the European Commission presented a draft for a revised Directive for the protection of workers against the exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at the workplace. After a decade of standstill, this is a remarkable and important step towards better protection of workers. In Europe, every year more than 100,000 workers die because of work related cancer. One main factor...
The proposal for a revision of the Posting of Workers Directive is contradictory and excludes some posted workers from equal treatment
During recent years, the number of posted construction workers in Europe working under exploitative conditions has soared. Given that the European Commission has declared that the principle of “equal pay for equal work in the same place” should be the guiding principle for the free movement of workers in the EU, the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) has had high expectations of the announced revision of the Posting of Workers Directive (PWD). Against this...
EU Trade Unions seek assurances for the Youth Guarantee!
More investment in the future of young people is desperately needed to prevent the social time bomb of youth unemployment in the EU. With youth unemployment levels at over 22% across the EU and a shocking 53% in Spain, and with all economic forecasts suggesting that youth unemployment will remain high across Europe, it is crucial that European-level youth employment initiatives are maintained and extended.This was the message that young trade unionists conveyed to Marianne Thyssen, European...
William Van der Straeten °30/9/1955 - 4/1/2016 It is with deep regret and sincere sadness that we have to inform you that our colleague William Van der Straeten sadly passed away on 4 January 2016 at the age of 60, after a long period of illness. William has been working in the EFBWW secretariat since May 1992. He was the political secretary for the wood, furniture and forestry sectors and was strongly involved in the EWC activities of the EFBWW.He had a long...
The EFBWW calls on the Commission to elaborate an ambitious strategy to eradicate asbestos in Europe
Too little has been done for too long to deal with asbestos – this must change if EU policy makers take the demands seriously that were put forward by local and regional government representatives, victim support groups, trade unions and other stakeholders on 24 June 2015 during a joint conference of the Committee of the regions (CoR) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Currently, asbestos related diseases continue to claim an approximate 47,000 lives per year according to...