ETUC, the European Trade Union Confederation, is working on active ageing and intergenerational solidarity. In 2017, EU employers and trade unions approved a Framework Agreement on Active Ageing and an Intergenerational Approach. The agreement is to ensure a healthy, safe and productive working environment and work organisation to enable workers of all ages to remain in work until legal retirement age.
In parallel, the new Technical Committee on ‘Ageing Societies’ set up by ISO will draw up a number of new international standards, including a standard on an ageing workforce. This standard is likely to contain tools for workplace design, workplace technologies and working practices, to maximise employability of older workers. To ensure the views of the ETUC are reflected in this work, ETUC got involved in ISO/TC 314 ‘Ageing Societies’ and participated in the first ISO/TC 314 meeting in London on 20-22 June 2018, advocating a lifelong-learning process for workers. PROGRESSIVE was also represented at that meeting by project coordinator Malcolm Fisk from De Montfort University.