On the European Steel Action Day, the EESC Workers' Group President Oliver Röpke expressed solidarity with thousands of steel workers across Europe: "we give our support and solidarity to steel workers across Europe demanding urgent action to safeguard this strategic sector which is the bedrock of European industry and provides millions of quality jobs. Just as steel laid strong foundations for the construction of the European Union, it must continue to play a key role in its future. Europe needs steel and steel needs Europe!"
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The increasing shortage of decent and affordable housing in a large number of EU Member States is undeniably a cause of rising inequalities, indebtedness and social exclusion that is of great concern.
Statement by José Antonio Moreno Díaz, rapporteur of the EESC opinion about EU New Pact on Migration & Asylum
The national agreement signed by Assodelivery and UGL on September 15 is an agreement of doubtful legality that, instead of improving the conditions of Italian Riders, makes them worse!
The European Union is facing the worst recession in its history due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and we must ensure that it does not turn into a social emergency and that workers do not pay the price. The EESC opinion Decent minimum wages across Europe, requested by the European Parliament, evaluates the wage landscape and possible ways to guarantee that every worker in Europe benefits from a fair minimum wage. Action at EU level could bring added value by ensuring that Member States cannot set their statutory minimum wages below a decency threshold set well above the poverty threshold, thus ensuring that it is not only a minimum wage, but also a living one.
This study examines the impact on the automatic stabilisation properties of national unemployment benefit systems of a European policy initiative that would introduce minimum standards to those systems.
After 4 days of deliberation –and many months of fruitless meetings- the European Council has finally reached an agreement for the MFF and the EU Recovery Plan. Having €750bn through a common debt instrument is a historic achievement, as it offers a real chance for recovery to countries without adding more national debt. Moreover, a long-standing demand of the EESC, for the EU to finance itself through its own resources, is finally on the way to become a reality. Negotiations were complicated and the deal was better than it could have been; for this, the Workers' Group thanks the Commission and Council presidents, and the work of many member states, in making this agreement a possibility.
On July 1st, Germany assumes the presidency of the EU Council, facing the worst health, social, and economic crisis the EU has seen in its existence. The EU and its member states, crippled by years of austerity and nationalism, stand ill-prepared to face it. Only firm commitment to solidarity and social and environmental sustainability, taking onboard the social partners, can prevent the worst parts of the crisis, and ensure a recovery towards a fairer, more sustainable Europe.
The alarming outbreaks of corona infections in the German meat industry discredit this sector and put the European food industry in a bad light. The meat industry, especially in Germany, benefits from low-cost workforce from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe by employing non-transparent labour practices. The term "modern slavery" is often used in this context. Due to the shocking spread of the corona virus among employees in various slaughterhouses in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony, their miserable working conditions have once again been brought to the fore.
Clapping was good, but now we need a recovery plan that strengthens our public services and its workforce
Public sector workers are usually unsung and invisible heroes. When everything goes well, we generally take them and the work they do for granted despite its impact on almost every aspect of our lives. However, when things go wrong, we notice: they are often in the firing line for our complaints – many are even the victims of violence and harassment just for trying to do their jobs.