ICT workers’ unions from across Europe are coming together for the UNI Europa ICTS Conference, held on 13-14 October 2021. Union delegates will set the strategic objectives within the sector and elect its leadership for a four-year term.
Addressing the challenges of the “new normal”, including the implementation of new technologies and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, will be the overarching objective of the conference. How unions shape the implementation of artificial intelligence in the world of work as well as ensure that remote work policies deliver for working people will be key topics. The conference will explore how workers use new digital tools to build their collective power.
“Workers in the ICT services sector have been at the forefront of technological and societal changes. We must ensure that technological innovation is not only benefiting big tech companies, but that it is part of the negotiation agenda. Social dialogue and collective bargaining are key to ensure workers’ rights, fair working conditions and a human centred and ethical approach to technology,” said Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary of UNI Europa.
“We must set the agenda for the new post-covid era to come. And it must embed safe jobs with dignity, stronger recognition of collective bargaining as a central feature of democratic and just societies and more equality in income and wealth,” said Christy Hoffman, General Secretary of UNI Global Union.
“UNI Europa ICTS is our biggest region globally in terms of trade union membership and strength within the sector. From a global ICTS perspective we look to UNI Europa and its affiliates to use their power and strength to lift the bar for workers throughout the world,” said Andy Kerr, President of UNI Global ICTS.
The Conference, held every four years, will this year be exceptionally held online.