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14TH CONGRESS OF THE EUROPEAN TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION

In the period from 21 to 24 May 2019, the 14th Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation was held in Vienna. The Congress was attended by delegations of Europe's national trade unions who re-elected Luca Visentini as General Secretary and Laurent Berger as President of the European Trade Union Confederation.

The opening of the 14th ETUC Congress was attended by high representatives of European institutions and countries, the Federal President of Austria, Alexander Van der Belen, the Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, the ITUC General Secretary, Sharan Barrow, the ILO Director General, Guy Ryder, the President of PERC, Irakli Petriashvili, the Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa, representatives of European federations, members of the ETUC, as well as guests and delegations from other organizations and institutions.The Congress also adopted a new manifesto and action programme for 2019-23 for ‘A fairer Europe for workers’. The ETUC Congress, also elected two Deputy General Secretaries – Esther Lynch and Per Hilmersson; three Confederal Secretaries Liina Carr, Isabelle Schömann and Ludovic Voet; four VicePresidents José María (Pepe) Álvarez, Miranda Ulens, Bente Sorgenfrey and Josef Středula.

Caption 1. The new ETUC leadership

The policies adopted by ETUC Congress, as part of the ETUC manifesto and Action Programme 2019-23, which the ETUC will press the new European Parliament and Commission to implement, include: Reform of EU economic policymaking, budget and Monetary Union to promote social justice, job-friendly investment, sustainable growth, and fair, progressive taxation as objectives of EU economic policy. Full implementation of the 20 principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights adopted by the EU in 2017, including gender equality, equal opportunities, the right to fair wages and the right to education, training and life-long learning. EU action to support stronger collective bargaining – negotiations between employers and trade unions on pay and working conditions – in all EU countries. A socially just transition to a low-carbon, digital, automated and global economy – with EU legislation, policies and funds to ensure that no one is left behind. Shape the future of work with EU law to reduce precarious employment, establish  workers’ rights in new forms of work, stop wage and social dumping and build fair worker mobility and equal treatment; Reform of EU law to strengthen information and consultation of workers, the representation of workers on company boards and European Works Councils.

“The mission for the next term will be to fight the attacks on democracy and tolerance” said Luca Visentini, “and to go further than the Juncker Commission in promoting social justice, quality jobs and higher wages across the EU.”

The 14th ETUC Congress was attended by a delegation of the Federation of Trade Unions of Macedonia, led by the General Secretary of the Council of CCM, Zlatko Cvetkovski.  

The day prior to the Congress a seminar "The future of trade unions in Europe - young, digital and organised" was organized by the Foundation Friedrich Ebert and the ETUC Youth Committee on which the President of the Youth Committee of CCM, Irena Ivanovska was present. 

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