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In order to defend the interests of its affiliates and their members, UNI Europa needs to counteract the actions of the MNCs, by developing an alternative coordinated strategic approach by using and maximising the limited resources available.

In its coordinated approach on multinationals, UNI Europa seeks to develop not only policy discussions but also and mainly concrete European trade union actions (such as campaigns, organising activities, collective bargaining coordination, transnational negotiations).

Trade union coordinators for EWCs and SE Works Councils play also an important role in accompanying and strengthening EWCs and SE WCs. Their aim is to improve the ability of the trade unions and EWCs to take effective action beyond national borders. For UNI Europa, these coordinators are an essential lever for a successful company policy coordinated at European level.

The UNI Europa team on EWCs and MNCs is working to

• Develop EWCs as tool for trade union action
• Enhance transnational trade union coordination to anticipate change and restructuring inn MNCs
• Define strategies to strengthen trade union presence and support in multinationals and European work councils
• Establish of strong, stable and sustainable trade union alliances among affiliates with the view to improve the working conditions, ensure a successful consultation process for employees and a factual influence on the decision making process of company’s managements.
• Reinforce the role of EWC coordinators
• Provide tools, training and concrete solutions to the problems faced by EWCs members and coordinators
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