UNI Europa Finance affiliates launch EU project on inclusion of people with disabilities in European Works Councils

Friday 19 April 2019

Fifteen UNI Europa Finance affiliates, led by Italian trade union FIRST-CISL, have launched an EU-funded project on: “Non-financial reporting directive (2014/95/EU): an opportunity to develop the participation and inclusion rights of people with disabilities and prevent the risk of social dumping. The crucial role of EWCs and Trade Unions”. 

The first meeting was held in early April 2019 at the headquarters of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the information agency that prepares, collects, analyses and disseminates information on occupational health and safety issues to improve workplaces throughout the European Union.

The challenging objective of the project is to strengthen the effectiveness of the action of European Works Councils and trade unions by developing the non-financial information introduced by the 2014/95/EU Directive – which today also includes information on diversity – and ensuring better integration of disabled workers in the workplace.

Workers with disabilities are often kept at the margins of a company’s organisation, while they should become a real strategic player at the centre of the organisational adjustment processes” said project manager Giacinto Palladino (FIRST-CISL), adding that “the ‘declarations of principle’ required by the non-financial reporting directive should become concrete working practice”.

The project’s qualified partnership consists of European Works Councils (Unicredit, Crédit Agricole, Generali) and UNI Europa Finance affiliates from six countries (Finansforbundet Denmark, CFDT Banques and Insurances France, ZZP Ubis Poland, OSPPP Czech Republic, OZPPaP Slovakia, KSS Republic of Macedonia). Joining them, with specific experience and expertise, are Banca Etica (project co-applicant) and two non-profit associations First Social Life and Abili Oltre.

For further information please contact: Luciano Malvolti (FIRST-CISL) who is charge of the project’s international relations lucianomal@libero.it