Trade Union European
Information Project


(August 2016)


European Review Front Page

For the last nineteen years the European Review has been informing British trade unionists about European affairs and their effect on them. Whether a gigantic new EU law, such as the REACH directive on chemicals, or a hunger strike in distant Albania we have sought to make their relevance clear to those who strive for better lives for workers in the United Kingdom. Our reach was not confined to the European Union but, as a member of a club of 15, when our publication started, growing to 28 nations today, the influence of the EU was vital in areas like equality, health and safety, the environment and industrial democracy. Through the passing of directives and decisions of the European Court of Justice the EU prepared the ground on which union reps. played the game. It must be said that nearly all of the advances, for instance on discrimination, hours of work, registration of toxic substances, waste disposal, temps, holiday pay and annual leave have, since the founding of the magazine, come from ‘Brussels’. We now enter a new era in which it is not yet clear if or how these advances will be maintained. The continent still lies 22 miles from the U.K. and bodies such as the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) will continue to have a two-way relationship in influence and education with British trade unionists but it seems that direct participation in other EU-funded bodies will be largely impossible. What this means for apprentices and young workers sent abroad for experience on the Leonardo, now Erasmus+, scheme or those working in the film industry who have benefitted from the Media programme is unclear. We can only hope that whatever agreement is finally reached between the U.K. government and the European Union similar structures are put in place on a bilateral basis. For now it only remains for your editor to thank you for your attention and to wish you every success in your continuing efforts to improve working lives for the better.

Nigel Rees

Below are links to each page of this issue together with the headlines. Please click on the ones that interest you.

Page 2 New permanent jobs only for top 20% in post-crash Europe; Bargaining round-up

Page 3 New car emissions tests to start next year as EU resists company lobbying; LGBT workers still face discrimination despite EU directives.

Page 4 Danish unions cut deal to help refugees find work; Slovakia added to trail of EU steel redundancies; TUs to limit job cuts as Swiss watch industry runs slow.

Page 5 Albania 25 years on: TUC education officer returns to report on union progress.

Page 6 EU electricity training deal aimed at young people; Recent rulings from the European Courts

Page 7 Health & Safety: EU unions want to exploit breakthrough on new directive to eliminate occupational cancer; Fairness at work makes you healthy; EU may ban Roundup chemical.

Page 8 Sites of Interest: Sharing or sucking: opinion split as EU sets guidelines on ‘collaborative economy’; German unions target digital freelancers.

Page 9 Stats & Facts: Levels of individual consumption highest in north-west Europe; Danes pay double what Poles do for food and drink.


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