“High employment rates and signs of improvement for the youth”, this is how the European Commission advertises the current Quarterly Report on Employment and Social Developments in the EU. The Commission far too often paints a too rosy picture of the economic and social development in Europe. However, from the AK’s point of view, additional efforts have to be made at European level to ensure that the increased growth and employment rates also improve people’s working and living conditions. 

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Europe is entirely in the firm grip of the Corona crisis and urgent measures for the protection of workers are required. Together with the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB), the AK is successfully fighting for preserving as many jobs as possible. During the night of March 17th, an agreement was reached with the Chamber of Commerce regarding a short-time work regulation, which secures income and provides protection against dismissal – to the benefit of all.

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The ambitous plans of the European Commission on the European Green Deal are not least also raising social issues. In order to create a fair path towards a climate-neutral Europe by 2050, the Commission had published a proposal on setting up a Just Transition Fund already in January. The Chamber of Labour has scrutinized the proposal within the scope of its current Position Paper on the Green Deal.

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On Thursday, March 5th, 2020, just a few days before the International Women’s Day on March 8th, the Commission published its Gender Equality Strategy. It was presented in Brussels by Helena Dalli, the EU’s first Commissioner for Equality and by Věra Jourová, the Vice President of the European Commission responsible.

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Led by AK Lower Austria (NÖ) President Markus Wieser and WK Lower Austria President Sonja Zwazl, Lower Austria’s social partners came to Brussels on 19th and 20th February 2020 to jointly highlight central issues and problem areas before high level representatives of the most important EU institutions and to illustrate the need for action at European level.

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The EU Commission commissioned a study on due diligence requirements in supply chains at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL). The long-awaited results were published on 24th February 2020.

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In a current study, the European Trade Union Institute analyses the challenges facing the two key sectors of the coal and automobile industry, towards a climate neutral Europe. One thing is clear: a just transition is required to keep the negative impact on the affected workers to a minimum.

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By hosting a current event, which took place in Brussels on 3rd February, AK EUROPA, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour, and ÖGB Europabüro, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation, addressed two important topics: platform work and minimum wages.

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AK EUROPA, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour and ÖGB Europabüro, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation would like to cordially invite you to our event:

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On 27th January, Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni as well as the Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, answered questions of the Members of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee as well as of the European Parliament’s Employment Committee.