The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) speaks with a single voice on behalf of European workers to have a stronger say in EU decision-making. The ETUC aims to ensure that the EU is not just a single market for goods and services, but is also a Social Europe, where improving the wellbeing of workers and their families is an equally important priority. The European social model – until the onset of the crisis – helped Europe to become a prosperous, competitive region with high living standards.
The ETUC is the voice of workers and represents 45 million members from 90 trade union organisations in 38 European countries, plus 10 European Trade Union Federations.
Quality jobs, workers’ rights and a fair society
The ETUC defends fundamental social values such as solidarity, equality, democracy, social justice and cohesion.
It fights for:
- pay rises for workers
- full implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights
- high quality jobs for all
- a high level of social protection
- gender equality and fair pay
- good health and safety at work
- freedom of movement for European workers, and an end to social dumping
- high quality public services accessible to all
- a European framework to raise the standard of national social legislation
- action to combat climate change while promoting a Just Transition for workers
- promotion of these European social values in other parts of the world
The last ETUC Congress in Paris in 2015 adopted a Manifesto that lays out demands in the areas of economic governance and employment policy, trade union rights and social dialogue, ambitious social standards and fair globalisation.