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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The ten worst countries for working people in 2021

2021 ITUC Global Rights Index: COVID-19 pandemic puts spotlight on workers’ rights.

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Digitalisation: A Union Action Guide For Public Services, Work and Workers

A partnership with FES and EPSU to ensure public service unions and workers understand the challenges digitalisation poses to workers, unions and...

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Our Digital Future

Building union capacity to shape digitalisation - A three-year project in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and The Why Not Lab.

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The laborious challenge of enhancing women’s participation in India’s workforce

Indian women’s participation in the labour market is low and falling, despite numerous policies and interventions from government and other agencies....

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Renforcer le pouvoir des travailleur·euse·s dans le capitalisme numérique

Anciennes et nouvelles luttes ouvrières
Bonn, 2021

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Kollektive Interessenvertretung im digitalen Kapitalismus

Alte und neue Arbeitskämpfe
Bonn, 2021

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Construindo o poder de trabalhadoras e trabalhadores no capitalismo digital

Velhas e novas lutas sindicais
Bonn, 2021

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Trade Unions in Transformation

Our project “Trade Unions in Transformation” shifts the narrative about trade unions. Moving away from the standard depiction of unions as victims of globalization, we highlight ... more

International economic and social policy

The world economic crisis has fuelled the global debate over a comprehensive change in the factors shaping the process of economic globalisation. more

International labour and social standards

Based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labor Organization (ILO)... more

Making trade unions viable in the future

Many trade unions have recognised that they have to undergo change in order to remain or become viable in the global economy of the 21st century... more

Agenda for decent work

With the Decent Work Agenda, the International Labor Organization (ILO) has developed an operationalisation of priorities in the world of work adopted in a consensus by governments... more

Transnational representation of interests

In a globalised economy, effective representation of the interests of employees can no longer take place merely within national borders. more

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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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