The international trade union policy of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
No social democracy without trade unions
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) sees strengthening the representation of employees through their trade unions as an integral component of its efforts towards advancing social democracy around the world. Trade unions, works councils and other structures of workplace representation can only function successfully if they are representative, democratic, independent, competent and effective. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has made helping trade union organisations to achieve this one of its core tasks.
The FES applies its trade union policies at three mutually aligned levels: nationally via approximately 100 country offices around the world, regionally via supranational trade union programmes, e.g. for Latin America, Asia or South-East Europe, and globally via the Global Trade Union Project. Each level addresses specific issues and challenges. Read more
L20 Summit: Jobs and wages for growth!
Trade union leaders at the Labour 20 Summit in Beijing, China, have called on Labour and Employment Ministers to put the urgency for jobs and growth back on the agenda, with a focus on women and young people, as well as supporting social dialogue and collective bargaining.more
The Right to Strike Struck Down?
An Analysis on Recent Trends
The right to strike is under attack, not only at the ILO. The present survey identifies trends and patterns of restrictions and violations of the right to strike at national level. Identifying 41 new violations over the last 5 years in 21 out of 69 countries covered, the study confirms the global trend of securitizing politics and society, with fundamental rights at stake in many countries. Read more
No Gender Justice without Tax Justice
Putting the gender perspective on the international debate about tax justice was the objective of a PSI-FES workshop with the participation of leading trade union and NGO gender and tax experts in London, July 2016. Read more
TISA: "The really good friends of transnational corporations agreement" - a special report by Public Services International, PSI
ITUC Report on Violations of Trade Union Rights
This report points at key findings in 87 countries with a focus on seven countries where the existence of trade unions are under extreme risk: Burma, Bahrain, Fiji, Guatemala, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Georgia.Read more
”Transnational Campaigning for Decent Work”,
Berlin, 5-6 October 2015
“Campaigns” are becoming more important for Trade Union success. The 2015 FES International Trade Union Conference “Transnational Campaigning (and Network Building) for Decent Work” provided a unique and timely space for a discussion on the state of the art of trade union campaigning. more
Worldcup: BWINT campaign demands fair play
In 2014, Brazil hosted the Football World Cup. With around 30,000 workers involved in the construction of stadiums, hotels and infrastructure, the Building and Wood Workers' International has launched a video for its campaign to ensure decent work conditions for workers.
ILO survey: worldwide 52 million Domestic Workers
The number of persons working as Domestic Workers has increased considerably. Since 1995, there was an increase of more than 20 million people says the first report of its kind conducted by the International Labour Organization.Read more