EESC Workers' Group member Ellen Nygren highlights that despite changes to the world of work over the past 100 years the ILO's mission and conventions remain valid now and for the future.
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Congratulations to our former President Gaby Bischoff for her election to the European Parliament. The Workers’ Group wishes her all the best and every success and looks forward to our future collaboration on common projects.
We need the voice of workers to be heard loud and clear not only in the European Parliament but also in the Commission said Oliver Röpke, President of the Workers' Group. For this reason, the EESC Workers' Group organised a side event at the ETUC Congress to discuss how we can ensure that the rights of workers are at the centre of the political agenda in the new European Parliament.
Every year, almost two hundred thousand European workers die as a result of workplace diseases, illnesses and accidents. On 28 April, Workers' Memorial Day, we commemorate workers that were injured or lost their lives due to unsafe working conditions. A healthy and safe work environment is not only indispensable for workers, but also contributes considerably to labour productivity and promotes economic growth.
The future of work is a key priority for the EESC Workers' Group. We want to work towards a European Union that protects and enables workers and other citizens, and provides secure and fair perspectives for all.
On 2 April, the EESC Workers' Group hosted the presentation of a study titled 'How to design the European Labour Authority (ELA) to fight more efficiently social and wage dumping'. Oliver Röpke, President of the EESC Workers' Group, welcomed Professor Roberto Pedersini from the University of Milan, who presented his study on what would it take for the ELA to effectively tackle the various cross-border issues currently plaguing the European labour market.
International Women's Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on the situation of women in society and what progress we have made in achieving gender equality. There can be no inclusive, sustainable or fair society in modern democracies without strong women's rights and gender-equality.
The Commission has published, for the 8th of March 2019, their report on equality between women and men.
On 1 March, Oliver Röpke takes over as the new President of the Workers' Group at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), after being elected to the position by the group's members on 7 February. He replaces Gabriele Bischoff, who had been president of the group since October 2015.