Global Rights Index 2017: Europe shows greater respect for trade unions

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) released this year’s Global Rights Index report, providing an insight into workers’ rights violations around the world. It rates 139 countries from one to five according to 97 indicators to determine where workers’ rights are best protected in law and in practice. Following the report, the worst countries for workers in Europe are Turkey, Belarus, Greece, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Serbia and the United Kingdom. The number of countries experiencing physical violence and threats against workers has risen by 10 percent in just one year. In Europe, however, trade unions have greater respect…

Say no to CETA

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has joined the European Public Service Union (EPSU) and a coalition of European trade unions, including the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), in its campaign calling on the European Commission to object to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) – the controversial free trade deal that has been negotiated between the European Union and Canada. The coalition warned that the CETA  will have far-reaching consequences for workers’ rights, public services and democracy as a whole. The agreement includes only weak provisions for human rights and doesn’t guarantee obligations to ensure labour standards. EPSU will organise a series of actions…