ETUCE is concerned about the working conditions for researchers

On 16 November 2021, the ETUCE Committee adopted a ETUCE Position on Fair working conditions for Researchers.

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This was produced based on the European Commission’s Roadmap and Council conclusions on Deepening the European Research Area: Providing researchers with attractive and sustainable careers and working conditions and making brain circulation a reality.

ETUCE believes in the importance of effective social dialogue with education trade unions. It is especially relevant with regards to the European Research Area (ERA). Researchers’ trade unions are concerned that the ERA should not be seen as a “unified research area” which disrespects the existing national structures, regulations and collective agreements on researchers’ employment, including their working conditions, contractual situation and pension systems, which is a national competence and falls into the remit of social dialogue with the researchers’ trade unions.