Young trade unionist from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland met in Schliersee, Germany from 10 to 12 March to learn and discuss about Fair Mobility within Europe. This was already the 8th meeting of the highly successful CEYTUN network which was created in 2012 with the objective to promote the exchange between young trade unions members in Central Europe and to address common challenges together by building mutual trust across borders.
The 8th CEYTUN conference started with a keynote speech by Mr. László Andor, the former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Mr. Andor presented push and pull factors for labour migration in Europe and described how the patterns of labour migration have changed since the economic crisis. Finally, he called for more investments in human capital and inclusive labour markets as a necessary policy response to the challenges related to labour migration.
On the second day, two subtopics were discussed in working groups: on the one hand the participants presented personal stories of people on the move and discussed on that basis the reasons and conditions for labour migration and how these could be improved; on the other hand Dominique John presented the work of the Fair Mobility Project of DGB (http://www.faire-mobilitaet.de/). This project is a concrete example of what trade unions can do for fair mobility. It informs mobile workers from other countries about their rights in Germany with regard to labour and social law and also supports them in their fights against various forms of exploitation.
As a result of the conference, CEYTUN drafted a resolution expressing their thoughts about fair mobility. It states that free movement of citizens in the EU is one of the fundamental freedoms and greatest achievements. However, in reality the conditions of workers on the move are often precarious: many of them are forced under bogus self-employment, are deprived of health insurance, holidays and paid overtime. Therefore, key demands of CEYTUN members are the guarantee of equal rights and pay for equal work at the same place. And they call on migrant workers to join trade unions so that they can fight better for their rights.
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