(24 June 2016) Representatives of EPSU affiliates from Hungary, Croatia and Serbia met in Budapest earlier this week to discuss how they could strengthen their organising and recruitment work. Colleagues from the municipal and waste union in Hungary were able to present the results of a specific campaign in the city of Szeged which has already resulted in 132 new members.
The Szeged campaign was run by the HVDSz 2000 trade union which had help in developing its plan from organising expert Eddy Stam, who has been working with EPSU thanks to the support of the FNV confederation in the Netherlands. Eddy has been providing advice and support to a number of EPSU affiliates across central and Eastern Europe, including health unions in Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania as well as the childcare and culture trade unions in Hungary. He will be working with EPSU until November and is already committed to several more visits over the next few months, taking him to Serbia, Armenia, Lithuania, Hungary and Romania.
The seminar in Budapest was organised with the support of the European Trade Union Institute's education department and was the second one this year, following a successful meeting in London in February. EPSU will be planning further initiatives on organising and recruitment and reflecting on how to best to build on the work that had been done this year.