secretary-general of the
European Trade Union Cederation (ETUC)
"The fight against racism and discrimination is one to which the
ETUC is fully committed.
Today’s workforce in Europe is made up
of men and women from many different races, religious beliefs,
ages, sexual orientations and includes both able-bodied and disabled
workers. To ensure that this mix works well and that all persons
are treated equally, all stakeholders have got to tackle discrimination
and prevent instances arising.
This means that the two Equality Directives need to be implemented
in all countries - to date, this has not been done. The ETUC is
very disappointed by this lack of progress and through our member
organisations at national level is working to put pressure on
governments to do the necessary without further delay.
There is also a clear role for the social partners to take this issue
seriously to ensure that workplaces are free from discrimination,
by ensuring the application of relevant legislation, as well as
through their actions, including collective agreements and bargaining.
A recent study carried out by the ETUC highlighted a number
of interesting agreements which seek to do this.
agreements are thin on the ground and this is clearly an area
where further progress is urgently needed."
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