CEYTUN is a network of young trade unionists who have shown that even against the backdrop of very different backgrounds, traditions and cultures, it is possible to work together across national borders for the rights of employees. In 2013, CEYTUN, as the Central European Young Trade Unionist Network, was launched, the aim of the initiative was to coordinate, bundle and consolidate the more or less strongly articulated voices of young trade unionists at the regional level. Young, dedicated people in employee representation bodies should be encouraged to look beyond their respective organizations and countries and work together to develop strong joint positions. Of course, CEYTUN had some initial difficulties when people from six countries came together with four different languages and various needs and perspectives. Despite those initial barriers, the members managed to put the network on a solid institutional footing in the following years. They succeeded in developing common positions with independent, innovative demands. In doing so, they have not only stimulated their respective organizations but have also done so at the European level. Testimony to this can be found in the six manifestos that CEYTUN has prepared on various controversial topics, both current and regional ones, such as the (trade union) response to populism and the free movement of workers as well as digitization.
The 10th conference of CEYTUN on June 18 in Berlin has been a special edition to summarise the output of the previous nine meetings, to take a pause and to evaluate and disseminate results. The anniversary event was opened by Michael Sommer (FES) and Reiner Hoffmann (DGB) and in a lively presentation it was shown what the young trade unionists have established in the last five years in a decentralized, democratic and solidary manner. In a podium interview with Salvatore Marra and Tom Vrijens (both former ETUC Youth Presidents), they highlighted the success of CEYTUN and the importance of the network for young trade unionists continuing to work on an international level.
Presidents of several trade union federations such as Josef Středula (CMKOS) from the Czech Republic, Jozef Kollár (KOZ SR) from Slovakia, Melinda Meszáros (LIGA) and András Földiák (SZEF) from Hungary, as well as Erich Foglar (ÖGB) from Austria made their way to Berlin to jointly celebrate the success of CEYTUN and to look ahead to consider how unions can continue to work for a just and solidary society and what role CEYTUN can and should play in this. The attending presidents confirmed the work of CEYTUN by signing a pledge to continue to support the network.