1 May: putting working people on the front foot

01.05.22

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1 May: putting working people on the front foot

Across the squares of Europe, people and their unions are gathering to celebrate International Workers’ Day. After two years of confinement, the festive and burgeoning energy of the workers’ movement will be back on the streets. It is a time to celebrate and a time to regroup.

Unity and solidarity will be required for the coming period. Workers across Europe are facing dramatic hikes in the cost of living. By bargaining collectively, workers and their unions can ensure wages keep up.

Within this context, collective bargaining is more important than ever. It is the main tool by which workers’ can lift their wages and conditions. Under the flag of UNI Europa, services workers’ unions from across Europe are defending, expanding and rebuilding this vital tool.

We call on the European Union to ensure that its policies enhance workers’ collective bargaining say. In particular, it must fix its rules of public procurement to ensure that all companies that receive public contracts have and respect collective bargaining agreements with their workers. Governments cannot be in the business of creating poverty jobs.

Working people are also facing the consequences of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. In contrast to the darkness of the violence unfolding, acts of solidarity are showing the path to peace. The work led by the Central Europe Organising Centre (COZZ) is one uplifting example of this. Together with Polish unions, they are supporting those fleeing the violence to find the security they crave through decent work.

Only through social justice can we lay the foundations of lasting peace and shared prosperity. It is time to put working people on the front foot. It is time for Europe to move forward through collective bargaining.

Meetings & Events

2022

06

Oct

ICTS Steering Committee

ICT & Related Services

Timetable TBC

06

Oct

Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee Temporary Agency Plenary Meeting

Agency Workers

Venue and Timing: TBC

10

Oct

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11

Oct

ICTS Workshop -EU project VS 2021 0041

ICT & Related Services

Cross sectoral EU project “Eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work”

The first session on 10 October 2022 (from 13h30 – 17H30 CET) will be a workshop providing general information on the topic of violence and harassment at work and the different tools that social partners have to prevent this.
The second session on 11 October 2022 (from 10h00 – 13h00 CET) will focus on the sector-specific issues and best practices in this context.
The objective of this meeting is to provide sectoral input for the UNI Europa Equal Opportunities project and for the declaration on violence to be drafted by the Telecom Social Dialogue Committee.