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EFFAT & NNF achieve EU Job fund at the European Parliament to cope with job losses in trade wars

21/09/2016

EFFAT together with its affiliate in Denmark, NNF have been working towards an EU funding response to the Russian ban and other similar crisis. We have been calling for special measures or mechanisms (re-skilling for example) to directly help employees losing their jobs in case of a trade war.

We proposed a revision of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) which normally provides support to people losing their jobs as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalisation.

The European Parliament adopted a report on the activities, impact and added value of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund between 2007 and 2014. EFFAT and NNF’s proposed amendment to the report to clarify that the loss of jobs as a consequence of trade disputes which result in a serious shift in Union trade in goods or services is fully within the scope of the EGF has been adopted in plenary at the European Parliament.

THIS IS A SUCCESS!

The report will be now forwarded to the European Commission which will decide about the recommendations to take into account.

“ It is a very good step. It would give employees and companies the opportunity to seek help for example, to get further training and professional conversion in sudden trade crisis. Now we just need to get the Commission on board and support from the Council”, NNF 's Union President and EFFAT FDT President Ole Wehlast.

For more information: 
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&reference=P8-TA-2016-0361&language=EN&ring=A8-2016-0227

Paragraph 12;
Highlights that one of the main aims of the EGF is to help workers who lose their jobs as a result of a serious shift in Union trade in goods or services as established in Article 2(a) of the Regulation; is of the opinion that an important task of the EGF is to ensure support for workers made redundant as a result of the negative consequences of trade disputes; consequently calls on the Commission to clarify that the loss of jobs as a consequence of trade disputes which result in a serious shift in Union trade in goods or services is fully within the scope of the EGF;

 

 

EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.