Trade Unions For A Fair Recovery: Strengthening the role of trade unions in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 crisis


TRADE UNIONS FOR A FAIR RECOVERY: Strengthening the role of trade unions in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19 has underlined the importance of Social Dialogue in societies across Europe. While it has come to the forefront during the pandemic, it is crucial that effective social dialogue is at the heart of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs). Strong unions are essential for a fair recovery !

The pandemic has been asymmetrical, affecting different countries in different ways. To adequately tackle this, ETUC is launching an initiative which will “cascade” capacity-building funds to national-level confederations. These funds will help trade unions in their efforts to build digital trade unionism, supporting digital skills and digital tools of trade unions, which will overall strengthen their organising capacity, communication with members and their role within national social dialogue institutions. Overall, this initiative aims to support unions in their activities to shape national recovery plans that deliver secure jobs with decent pay and conditions.

ETUC is also working closely with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) in this initiative, to specifically tackle the issue of media freedom, democracy, corruption and whistleblower protection in Europe, and particularly so in the Balkan region.

If you have questions or queries, reach out to the helpdesk and check the Q&A document (Last update on 6 September 2022)


Extended deadline: 3 February 2023 EOD

This call invites all national trade union confederations to apply for financial support to develop a digital engagement platform as part of their strategy for digital trade unionism.

Please consult the attached document for more information. Please also take note of the following clarification: 

In case the platform we are working with is not an option for you (too expensive in the long run, you want to work with your regular developers to add features to your website…), please note that you can also apply to receive funding for an alternative technical solution, provided that it offers similar features as those set out in the call, and meets the same objectives. Most importantly, it should allow you to collect data and help you build a database of supporters.

Eligible applicants are invited to submit their application, using the template attached, to ETUC by 3 February 2023 EOD. Applications must be sent to the following e-mail address: [email protected]

Should you have any questions on the call, please do not hesitate to send a message to the ETUC helpdesk.