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14.03.2019 Press release

Trade unions support Action for Climate

Seven European trade unions are supporting the global day of protest being staged by young people against climate change on Friday: ETUC, EFJ, EFBWW, EPSU, EFFAT, ETF and IndustriAll (representing workers in energy intensive industries).

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18.03.2019 Document

European Parliament elections 2019 - Statement of the European Social Partners

The European Union has given long-lasting peace across our continent and has brought European people together around the fundamental values of democracy, human rights, freedom and equality. Democracy needs to be lived in order to remain alive. We therefore urge citizens across Europe to go out and vote in the European elections from 23-26 May 2019 in order to have a say on the future and to defend democracy, sustainable economic growth and social justice.
25.02.2019 Publication

ETUC Programme for the EU Elections 2019

ETUC Programme
The European elections – 23-26 May 2019 – will be decisive for working people. The new European Parliament can either make the EU a better place, or undermine the European cooperation built up over many years. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) – with some 45 million working people in 90 trade unions in 38 countries – believes that a fairer Europe for workers is possible, based on democracy and social justice, quality jobs and higher wages, a socially fair and just transitions to a low-carbon and digital economy.
06.02.2019 Publication

European Social Dialogue - Work Programme 2019-2021

Cover Working Programme 2019-2021
The sixth autonomous work programme of the European social partners supports the objectives of the 2016 quadri-partite statement on “A New Start for Social Dialogue1” to strengthen social dialogue at European and national levels; to foster the role and influence of national social partners in the European semester; and to step up capacity building support to national social partners, notably through the European Social Fund. The 2019-2021 Work-Programme addresses the six following priorities:
28.01.2019 Document

Support collective bargaining in Latvia

The ETUC Executive Committee supports sectorial collective bargaining and autonomy of sectorial social partners in Latvia! Latvia is one of the countries where coverage of collective bargaining of less than 35% and regarding which the ETUC in spring 2018 has issued an unprecedented ‘emergency alert’ highlighting the threat to achieve decent wages and working conditions for Latvian workers.
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The ETUC takes action in a number of ways: through political pressure and negotiations with EU institutions, social dialogue, and large-scale demonstrations.

Since the start of the crisis, the European Union has demonstrated its growing power over countries that use the single currency. But even outside the Eurozone, EU Member States face the same challenges and are becoming increasingly interdependent. Climate change, energy supply, worker mobility and migration are among the issues that cannot be tackled by individual nations.

  • Influencing European decision-making
  • Representing workers through European social dialogue
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Aims and priorities
  • United action for Social Europe
  • Quality jobs, workers’ rights and a fair society
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Organisation and people
  • Congress, Executive & Steering Committee
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  • Staff
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