Trade union alliances are a means by which European works councils can be strengthened and trade union objectives advanced within multinational companies (MNCs).

As part of a recent research project (VS/2014/0359), financed by the European Commission, no fewer than twenty trade union alliance meetings took place multinationals in all the sectors represented by UNI Europa.

Most of the meetings were primarily information sharing sessions. The challenge is to ensure that information sharing develops into policy making and/or negotiation. Leadership within the trade union alliance is essential to make this transformation.

Delegates identified a wide range of objectives as appropriate for trade union alliances. Most of these objectives were ‘external facing’ and required the trade union alliance to be proactive. Among the objectives identified by delegates were

  • develop and implement a trade union policy appropriate for the MNC
  • improve trade union organisation in the MNC
  • strengthen collective bargaining with a view to improve terms and conditions of employment within the MNC
  • increase trade union membership in the MNC
  • improve articulation between the different industrial relations institutions within the MNC

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Meetings & Events




ICTS Steering Committee

ICT & Related Services

Timetable TBC



Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee Temporary Agency Plenary Meeting

Agency Workers

Venue and Timing: TBC






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.