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Recruitment and organisation

EPSU’s 2014 Congress resolution, "Many do more", underlined the need for an improved exchange of information and good practice among affiliates to help improve the effectiveness of their organising and recruitment campaigns. EPSU is stepping up its work in this area and will cooperate with affiliates and organisations like the ETUI research and training institute in order to provide relevant training, online and printed material to support organising and recruitment.


Building unions in Central and Eastern Europe

(12 February 2016) Twenty union activists and officers from five countries met this week in London, at the head offices of public services union Unison, to discuss organising and recruitment strategies and tactics. The seminar was organised by EPSU and the ETUI trade union training organisation and targeted at affiliates active in health and social services in Lithuania, Romania and the Czech and Slovak Republics. National and local representatives from these countries were joined by (...)

Recruiting and organising in social services in South East Europe (3 days)

Joint EPSU - ETUI Course 27-29 January 2015, Zagreb see full details here

Pushing recruitment and organising up the agenda

(5-6 March 2014) Building strong and effective trade unions was at the centre of the debate at a meeting on organising and recruitment hosted by the Swedish affiliates in EPSU and PSI. Among the key messages from the debates was the importance and challenge of changing union attitudes towards organising and recruitment. Along with presentations from all the Swedish affiliates, there were contributions from the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and South Africa that (...)

EIRO report: Trade union strategies to recruit new groups of workers, June 2010

This report by the EIRO industrial relations observatory examines trends in trade union membership across Europe and provides an overview of some of the initiatives to try to increase recruitment and retention. Trade unions are not only focusing on particular sectors or occupations but also targeting specific groups of workers including women, young people and migrant workers. Temporary agency and other atypical workers have also featured in some union campaigns. The report is positive (...)

EPSU-ETUI recruitment and organisation seminar, January 2010

(27 January 2010) Representatives of seven trade union organisations from Belgium, Norway, Sweden and the UK came together on 25-27 January to debate and exchange ideas on recruitment and organisation. They discussed how they were responding to the challenge of falling or static membership through specific recruitment and organising campaigns and other initiatives. The two-and-a-half day seminar was organised for EPSU by the ETUI trade union education institute. As well as presentations (...)

EPSU-ETUI recruitment and organisation seminar, January 2007

(30 January 2007) Leaders from health care, local and central government, municipal services, water and energy (electricity and gas) trade unions met to share experience on recruitment and organizing. The challenge of organizing workers is common to all unions. Europe’s trade union membership has been dropping dramatically and union density in many sectors has declined. The participants of 14 unions discussed the reasons why workers do not join unions and what the obstacles are to join. (...)

EPSU-ETUI recruitment and organisation seminar, January 2006

Trade union membership is dropping in many countries in Europe. Union density is sometimes very low. EPSU and ETUI-Education organised a seminar to consider the problems facing unions recruiting new members. The representatives also considered methods to focus on recruitment and organising (ensuring active members and dealing with work place issues) including Mapping the work place. This method focuses on identifying trade union work (active or not) and non-members at a work place, and (...)

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