ETUI Conference: The Health and Safety of Europe

30 years after the EU Framework Directive on health and safety at work, what’s the way forward?

ETUI Conference December 2019

Thirty years ago, on 12 June 1989, the European Union adopted the Framework Directive on health and safety at work, taking up many of the major demands voiced by the trade union movement over the previous two decades. From the end of the 1960s onwards, health and safety issues had been at the centre of social conflict, highlighting workers’ needs to increase control over work organisation in order to protect their health. In these struggles, convergences emerged between the trade union movement and the very critical research world, resulting in a strong link between collective action and knowledge production.

Under the initial name of the European Trade Union Technical Bureau for Health and Safety, a knowledge centre was set up at the initiative of the European Trade Union Confederation. It was later integrated into the European Trade Union Institute.
Thirty years later, what is the state of play regarding occupational health in Europe? What are the prospects for development in the face of an ever-increasing pace of change in the world of labour and with the future of the European Union marked by uncertainties? What links can be forged between collective action and knowledge? What role does expert knowledge play?

These questions will be at the heart of this two-day conference held in Brussels by the European Trade Union Institute.

For more information and registration: click here

Registration is free of charge but mandatory due to the limited availability of seats. Travel and accommodation are to be organised and paid for by the delegate.

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ETUI Concference December 2019
Event date
December 03, 2019 - December 04, 2019
Event type
  • Conference, congress or forum
International Trade Union House (ITUH)
Bd du Roi Albert II, 5
1210 Brussels
ETUI (European Trade Union Institute)
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