Commission unveils plans for Energy Union
25 February 2015   Today the European Commission launched its much anticipated proposal for the creation of an Energy Union. “Energy is of crucial importance, not just for industry but for every European citizen”, said industriAll European Trade Union General Secretary Ulrich Eckelmann. “Pooling our resources and investing jointly in a field which is key to sustainability and competitiveness, in order to improve energy security, affordability and access to energy, could be a milestone for the EU. We will ensure that the immense potential benefits will be felt amongst Europe’s workforce through the creation of secure, sustainable and quality employment”, declared Eckelmann. read more

Industrial Policy Energy 

Parliament votes in favour of reforming the EU ETS
25 February 2015   On February 24th 2015, the Environment Committee of the European Parliament backed a report by MEP Ivo Belet (BE. EPP) by a large majority, proposing a reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in an effort to adjust the supply and demand of emission certificates available on the market. The adopted proposal recommends that the start of the fourth trading period of the ETS be brought forward to no later than December 2018 instead of 2021, as originally proposed by the Commission. read more

Industrial Policy 

Nazmi Irgat re-elected at Turkish Teksif congress
19 February 2015   Nazmi Irgat, member of the industriAll Europe steering and executive committee has been re-elected as President at the congress of Teksif, last week-end. Teksif is the largest Turkish Textile & Garment trade union in our Federation and has a growing membership. We congratulate Nazmi with his re-election. read more

Textile Footwear Leather Regions Southern region 

European Action plan following the Bangladesh garment sector H&S Accord
12 February 2015   The Bangladesh Accord on Fire & Building Safety, signed after the Rana Plaza disaster that cost the lives of over 1,100 workers in the garment industry in April 2013, broke new ground with regard to Corporate Social Responsibility. It is the very first time that trade unions and garment brands world-wide are jointly involved in the monitoring of a legally-binding instrument of this kind. More than 40 trade union representatives from the European garment and retail companies that signed the Accord are gathered in Brussels today to discuss how they can provide concrete support and further protection for their colleagues in Bangladesh. read more

Health & Safety Textile Footwear Leather 

Stand up for the Right to Strike - 18 February Global Action Day
12 February 2015   The right to strike is an essential element of freedom of association and collective bargaining and unions the world over are being called upon to stand up for this right on 18 February. IndustriAll Europe strongly supports the Global Action Day launched by the ITUC in response to the unprecedented attacks by employers and governments against both the right to strike and the defence of that right by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). read more

Collective Bargaining 

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