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

Mirko Herberg | Gewerkschaften und gute Arbeit | International Trade Union Policy | Global Economy and Corporate Responsibility

What if the citizens of Berlin owned Uber’s data?

We must not give companies control and power over our data. Parminder Jeet Singh explains what we need to do.


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| Gewerkschaften und gute Arbeit

COVID-19 threatening the Jobs, Health and Living Environment of Namibian Workers

General Secretary of Namibian Metal Worker Union, Justina Jonas, about Labour Day in the Times of the Virus.


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| International Trade Union Policy | Starke Gewerkschaften

How the Youth of Organised Labour reacts to COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa

Preventing Workers from risking their lives (in lockdowns and political conflicts) - by Emmanuel Adjei-Danso, chair of IndustriAll’s Sub-Saharan…


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30.04.2020

1 May: Everything is different, but solidarity remains

FES Chairman Kurt Beck on panic buying, heroines and reflective thoughs on this year's May Day


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| Gewerkschaften und gute Arbeit | International Trade Union Policy

Making the future of trade unions: Organizing young transport workers in the platform economy in Asia

FES Nepal talked to Artika Ashdhir of International Transport Workers' Federation, about how young workers get organized in new-age platform economy.


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Publications

Singh, Parminder Jeet

Les droits économiques liés aux données

La propriété collective des données, les droits des travailleurs et travailleuses et le rôle du secteur public
Berlin, 2020

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Singh, Parminder Jeet

Economic rights in a data-based society

Collective data ownership, workers' rights, and the role of the public sector
Berlin, 2020

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Les syndicats en transformation

Des success stories du monde entier
Berlin, 2019

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How the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung approaches international trade union work

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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