Guaranteeing adequate funding to finance the enormous energy transition project is an issue very dear to the Workers' Group, with major investment needed to achieve a fair transition to a low carbon economy, creating quality jobs. These were the points debated by our Group, Commissioner Arias Cañete, and experts Pierre Larrouturou and Jean Jouzel.
The Workers' Group is organizing a cultural event for the presentation of a book by Jean Lapeyre, former ETUC Deputy General Secretary, entitled "Le dialogue social européen - Histoire d'une innovation sociale (1985-2003)" (The European social dialogue - History of a social innovation).
“The future of work has to be shaped politically and the trade unions have to play a key role in the policy-making process,” said Gabriele Bischoff, President of the Workers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), during the extraordinary meeting of the Workers' Group in Tallinn. This was one of the main messages sent by the meeting on Working for a better future, which addressed the effects of digitalisation and innovation on the European labour market.
On behalf of the Workers' Group, I would like to express our concern about the intention of the Romanian Government to profoundly reform the social security system, both in terms of financing and of benefits. It seems that starting from January 1st 2018, only the public pension system and the national health insurance fund will be kept. The other 4 components (the unemployment fund, the risk fund for occupational accidents and diseases, the guarantee fund for wage and claims and the fund for leaves and social security allowances) will remain without funding. Also form January 1st, 2018, the funding of the pension scheme and the health insurance fund will be fully taken over by the employees. ...