Events and meetings

This sections relates to public events only. CESI’s internal calendar is available here.

Reports about past public events of CESI can be accessed here.


Upcoming events (1)

The European Parliament
Thomas Mann


 The European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI)

cordially invite you to an

CESI-TALK breakfast meeting

 on the topic of

Precarious work conditions – the abusive use of fixed-term work contracts

Wednesday, 20th June 2018, 8:00 – 9:30 hrs
(breakfast included, access to the room from 7:30 hrs)

European Parliament (Members’ Salon, ASP Building floor 0)

Working language: EN; no interpretation is provided

Due to limited space, this is an invitation-only event. Participants who need to be granted access to the European Parliament premises need to send their personal information (Complete name, date of birth, identification ID numbers, nationality) together with the registration at this email [email protected].

Thomas Mann, Member of the European Parliament

Klaus Heger, Secretary-General of CESI

Marcello Pacifico, President of ANIEF, IT
N.N., European Parliament Research Service/ European Parliament DG IPOL/ European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) – study presentation – Tbc
Sergio Galleano and Vincenzo de Michele, Italian lawyers specialised in the case-law of precariousness
Brando Benifei, Member of the European Parliament
Neoklis Sylikiotis, Member of the European Parliament
Renate Weber, Member of the European Parliament

 Open discussion with the audience

Concluding remarks
Romain Wolff, President of CESI

“The insecurities borne out by precarious work are hard to reconcile with fundamental social rights (…). Working under uncertain (e.g. casual work) or limited hours (part-time work) or for a limited duration (fixed-term work) coupled with low income could curtail the worker’s ability to plan his life as a human person across the entire web of his family, community and civic relationships.” (European Parliament study 596.823)

Recent studies show that the European labour market is experiencing a general trend of rising numbers for temporary work contracts in Europe, amounting to more job insecurity and wage gaps. Only between 2001 and 2012 the number of temporary contracts in the EU27 increased by 25% and in some sectors, like the health or education ones, it is causing labour market segmentation and serious job insecurity.

While CESI understands the reasoning behind the use of fixed-term contracts, it strongly opposes their abuse and calls for the strict respect of the legal frame established by EU law. Especially in the recent months, CESI member organisations especially from Italy, Spain and Germany have increasingly complained about the abusive use of fixed-term contracts, surprisingly also in the public sector.

Trend changing measures are needed at EU level. The commission has issued a directive on transparent and predictable working conditions in the EU and it is revising the Written Directive. But is it enough? What is the future of work in Europe in terms of accommodating social security for workers and market-oriented measures? How is the EU influencing this trend and what is happening at national level? These issues and other perspectives shall be assessed from different angles: from policy making, political stand, and research but most importantly from the perspective of social actors representing workers.