COVID-19 has underlined the importance of Social Dialogue in societies across Europe. While it has come to the forefront during the pandemic, it is crucial that effective social dialogue is at the heart of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs). Strong unions are essential for a fair recovery !
The pandemic has been asymmetrical, affecting different countries in different ways. To adequately tackle this, ETUC is launching an initiative which will “cascade” capacity-building funds to national-level confederations. These funds will help trade unions in their efforts to build digital trade unionism, supporting digital skills and digital tools of trade unions, which will overall strengthen their organising capacity, communication with members and their role within national social dialogue institutions. Overall, this initiative aims to support unions in their activities to shape national recovery plans that deliver secure jobs with decent pay and conditions.
ETUC is also working closely with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) in this initiative, to specifically tackle the issue of media freedom, democracy, corruption and whistleblower protection in Europe, and particularly so in the Balkan region.
National, cross-sectoral trade union confederations are invited to apply for a cascading grant by submitting a capacity-building workplan following this call for proposals.