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The global food price crisis has only been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine. It is actually due to more structural and systemic problems in the commodities market, creating hunger and threatening people's livelihoods, points out the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in its own initiative opinion.
During its meeting today, the EESC Workers' Group designated Cinzia del Rio as President of the SOC section for the EESC's 2023-2025 term of office.
During its meeting today, the EESC Workers' Group designated unanimously Peter Schmidt as President of the NAT section for the 2023-2025 term of office of the EESC.
Lucie Studničná designated as President of the EESC Workers' Group for 2023-2025
1 in 3 women have experienced gender-based violence in the European Union. Meanwhile, legislative frameworks for victims of gender-based violence remain fragmented across various directives and regulations.
From today, 15th of November, women in the EU will statistically work for free until the end of this year. Women still earn statistically less: gender pay in the EU stands at 13% with significant differences between Member States. In Luxembourg the gap is 0.7% whereas in Latvia the difference is 22.3%. These differences hit the hardest when our societies are suffering from the energy crisis and soaring inflation, with many single women and particularly single mothers facing daunting challenges to pay their bills.
The Workers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) again expresses its solidarity to Belgian workers taking part in the general strike or other forms of action on 9 November to defend their purchasing power and demand further government action to address the energy and cost of living crises.
A recently published peer reviewed paper published in the International Labour Organisation’s International Labour Review and authored by Roberta Montebello, Jonathan Spiteri and Philip von Brockdorff from the University of Malta (the latter is also member of the Workers’ Group at EESC) provides empirical results to confirm that income inequality is related to the trade union density rate across 26 sampled European countries.
The transition towards a low-carbon economy is a fundamental priority. But the green transition will fail without social dialogue. This represented a general agreement among the discussions during the meeting, particularly if climate policies were not made also socially sustainable and did not take into account the needs and worries of working people, of citizens. Key points raised during the debates included the fact that real wages were decreasing with the soaring inflation, the complementarity of fighting climate change and protecting social rights, and the fundamental role of involving Trade Unions in the design and implementation of policies within the Green Deal.
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