The European Trade Union Institute organised a conference with strong ergonomics interest.
The EU debate on upping the retirement age is meaningful only if it includes working conditions, particularly unequal exposure to hazardous substances and the gender impact on the quality of working life. This is not just something for politicians and the establishment – it affects all workers.
Researchers, public officials, trade unionists and other social stakeholders explored these critical issues at a two-day conference on 10 and 11 December 2013 in Brussels. The conference looked in particular to three areas where the hardships of work are a big issue: building, motor manufacturing and shopwork.