International Trade Union Policy

No democracy without trade unions

If our aim is to promote Social Democracy worldwide, then we must first strengthen unions. Through them, employees can shape society economically, socially and politically –ultimately aiming for decent work and social justice. We support advocacy groups that serve formal and informal employees in becoming more representative, democratic and independent. For this is the prerequisite for a successful mobilisation of their power resources, both locally and across state borders.

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News and publications on international trade union policy

TiSA eating away democracy

What is at stake for global food production and workers when every economic activity becomes a service is subject of the latest study of the IUF.

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10.07.2017 | Starke Gewerkschaften | Handel | News

Results of the L20 Gipfels 2017 at FES Berlin

Discussiong trade union demands with German Chancellor Merkel and German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Andrea Nahles.

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10.05.2017 | Gute Arbeit, faire Löhne | Starke Gewerkschaften | Handel | Publikation | News

The trouble with TISA

The proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) aims to rewrite the rules of the game for the service economy – in favour of Transnational...

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Video: which strategic choices do trade unions have to (re-)gain power?

The video explains the four "power ressources" and gives first examples of successful trade union transformation.

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Edlira Xhafa | Gerechter Sozialstaat | Gute Arbeit, faire Löhne | Starke Gewerkschaften | Globale Politik | Publikation

The right to strike under attack

Trends and patterns of violations of the right to strike in countries around the world with particular emphasis on the years 2012-2016.

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Die Macht organisierter Arbeitnehmerinnen

Gewerkschaften im Kapitalismus des 21. Jahrhunderts
Berlin, 2018

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La transformation du syndicalisme

Mobiliser les ressourcdes de pouvoir pour faire face au capitalisme du XXIe siècle
Berlin, 2018

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La transformación del trabajo organizado

Movilización de los recursos de poder para hacer frente al capitalismo del siglo XXI
Berlin, 2018

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Trade union representation is a fundamental democratic right. It provides a relevant section of the population with the means to help shape the economic, social and political future of society around decent working conditions and social justice. Without trade unions there can be no social democracy!

Our international trade union work fosters social democracy worldwide. We act in close coordination with the unions affiliated to the German Confederation of Trade Unions (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund - DGB). For the global trade union movement, our foundation is a unique partner, thanks to decades of experience and a worldwide network of field offices.

Our work helps trade union positions contribute to political and economical decision-making. This applies both within the countries where we operate, and at regional and global levels.

Trade unions, works councils and other structures for the defence of employee interests in the workplace can only function successfully when 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.

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