The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) was set up in 1973 to promote the interests of working people at European level and to represent them in the EU institutions.
The process of European integration, with the euro, the European Constitution, and the growing impact of EU legislation on daily life, has changed the setting in which trade unions operate. To defend and bargain for their members effectively at national level, they must coordinate activities and policies across Europe. To influence the economy and society at large, they need to speak with a single voice and act collectively at European level. This is the challenge that the European Trade Union Confederation has taken up.The ETUC’s objective is an EU with a strong social dimension that safeguards the wellbeing of all its citizens. Committed to building a unified European trade union movement, it already had a large number of new trade union affiliates in Central and Eastern Europe before EU enlargement in May 2004.
At present, the ETUC has in membership 85 National Trade Union Confederations from 36 European countries, as well as 10 European industry federations, making a total of 60 million members, plus observer organisations in Macedonia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Other trade Union structures such as EUROCADRES (the Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff) and EFREP/FERPA (European Federation of Retired and Elderly Persons) operate under the auspices of the ETUC. In addition, the ETUC coordinates the activities of the 44 IRTUCs (Interregional Trade Union Councils), which organise trade union cooperation at a cross-border level.
The ETUC is one of the European social partners and is recognised by the European Union, by the Council of Europe and by EFTA as the only representative cross-sectoral trade union organisation at European level.
The Secretariat runs the day-to-day activities of the ETUC and takes care of relations with the European institutions and the employers? organisations, plans and recommends trade union action, and is responsible for the internal functioning of the ETUC.
Here you will find the ETUC Staff List in alphabetical order.
You will find the email links on the name in the corresponding column. If you have questions please call +32-2-224 04 11 or emai us if possible.
In April 2005, the three former ETUC centres of expertise - the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), the European Trade Union College (ETUCO), and the European Trade Union Technical Bureau for Health and Safety (TUTB), joined together to form the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).
Each branch of the ETUI works in its own specialist area: · The ETUI Research Department conducts scientific research on socio-economic issues and industrial relations and provides expertise to the ETUC. It forms a link between the European trade union movement and academia. · The ETUI Education Department is the general training body of the ETUC. Its role is to devise and deliver training programmes for the ETUC as a whole and develop the European dimension in trade union education at all levels. · The ETUI Health and Safety Department monitors the framing, national incorporation and implementation of European legislation in the field of occupational health and safety.
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