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For decades, trade unions have been a pillar of democratic societies. UNI Europa works with our affiliates to boost union membership, strengthen union structures and grow the capacity to organise and build power within our sectors.
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Scaling up organising pilot projects: the case of PAM Finland

Tuesday 27 October 2020

All working people deserve safety at work and a fair share of the wealth they create. Through sectoral collective bargaining, workers have been driving up conditions across wide swathes of economic activity. To build national sectoral collective bargaining however, we must start locally. In Finland, services workers and their union PAM have been organising locally…

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Activating the structures: organising with works councils, insights from Austria

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Works councils are a potential source of strength for trade unions. They are a common feature in European workplaces, particularly in Western Europe where many countries have laws requiring companies to consult bodies of elected workers on key decisions. A major challenge that UNI’s EPOC organising centre works to overcome every day is ensuring that…

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Care workers: organising to protect the most vulnerable

Monday 18 May 2020

Nursing home workers and other care workers have been in the eye of the Covid-19 storm, yet they continue to face personal protective equipment shortages, testing restrictions, exclusion from government programmes and lack of safety procedures. Increasingly, they are taking proactive action to ensure they have the tools to keep people safe. “We care for…

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Going digital: building workers’ power through the Covid-19 crisis

Thursday 14 May 2020

Face-to-face contact has always been central in efforts to forward workers’ collective interests. However, the prolonged lockdown conditions have meant that workers and their unions are adapting new ways of applying pressure and building unity. Organising for collective bargaining—especially at sectoral level—is a core priority of UNI Europa’s work. This week saw the inaugural meeting…

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