(5 November 2020) Close to 200 European trade union leaders joined in an online discussion and agreed several policies. These included:
Close to 200 European trade union leaders joined in an online discussion and agreed several policies. These included:
- The need to grow our movement and increase membership. Affiliation fees for 2021 were agreed
- The European economic policies – positions were adopted on the Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy, and our input into the Commission’s employment report. Unions will monitor the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Fund.
- Position on the EU Trade Policy Review
- ETUC views on a new European Disability Strategy
- ETUC resolution on human rights, legal and strategic litigation support to affiliates: ETUCLEX
- Demanding to include Youth in all relevant European policies and union campaigns.
- A position on the new EU adaptation to climate change strategy and its relation to the world of work
- Resolution on the protection of the rights of non-standard workers and workers in platform companies (including the self-employed)
- ETUC Position on the European Skills Agenda and future skills strategies
- The possibility for an EU funding instrument for Social Partners – to assist employers and unions and ensure they can do their work as they are impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis.
- ETUC resolution on better regulation for all
Much discussion took place on the Commission proposal for a Directive on Minimum Wages and collective bargaining. We considered the benchmarks for assessing the Commission proposal. Employers are complete rejecting everything proposed. ETUC will prepare its work further. EPSU has its collective bargaining working group 12 January 2021
The ETUC Executive took place 28-29 October 2020. EPSU President Mette Nord, EPSU Vice Presidents Francoise Geng and Thomas Kattnig and the EPSU General Secretary and Deputy participated (for parts of the meeting).