GUE/NGL Trade Union conference in cooperation with TUNE

23 and 24 May 2018, European Parliament, ASP 1 G 2, Brussels

Challenges for the future of work

Wednesday 23 May 2018


Welcome by Gabi Zimmer, President of the GUE/NGL and Heinz Bierbaum, TUNE


15.15 – 16.45

Overview of the parliamentary agenda in the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL)

  • Mobility of workers:

EU social security coordination, Posting of Workers, ELA (European Labour Authority)

Gabi Zimmer, MEP, GUE/NGL

  • EU minimum workers´ right:
    Work-life balance directive
    Transparent and predictable working conditions directive
    Tania Gonzalez, MEP, GUE/NGL
  • Road mobility package
    Posting of workers, weekly working times, cabotage (EMPL + TRAN)
    Merja Kyllönen, MEP, GUE/NGL

Moderator: Heinz Bierbaum, TUNE


16.45 – 17.45

´Just Transition` and energy democracythe perspective of trade unions

Sean Sweeny, TUED

Cornelia Ernst, MEP


17.45 – 18.30     

Workers’ Struggles:

Organising among migrant workers in the German meat industry

Matthias Brünner, Food Workers Federation, NGG, Germany

Moderator: Mads Bruun Pedersen, TUNE



Thursday 24 May 2018

09.00– 10.00

After the Panama Papers – the fight against tax havens

  • Stephanie Blankenburg, Economist, UNCTAD
  • Martin Schirdewan, MEP, GUE/NGL

Moderator: Martin Krämer, TUNE


10.00 – 12.30

´The Social Progress Protocol`

  • Introduction,  Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary, ETUC
  • Position of the EESC[ii], Gaby Bischoff, President of the Workers´ Group (tbc)
  • Legal aspects of ´The Social Progress Protocol`, A. Garcia-Munoz, Univ. Castillia-La Mancha, Ciudad Real 
  • Advantages for the workers, Palle Bisgaard, 3F General Workers Union, Denmark
  • Moving political process forward – means and aims, Rina Ronja Kari, MEP, GUE/NGL

Moderator: Henrik Bay Clausen, TUNE


12.30 – 14.30  Lunchbreak


14.30h – 16.00h

Digitalisation – platform workers? Self-employed? Falsely self-employed? Or precarious workers? 

Jürgen Klippert, IG Metall, Germany

Paloma Lopez, GUE/NGL MEP

Moderator: Enrique Carmona, TUNE



Concluding remarks


  Trade Unions for Energy Democracy

 [ii] European Economic and Social Committee


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