Migrant workers: 
challenges and opportunities 
for trade unions

Migrant workers: 
challenges and opportunities 
for trade unions

Migrant workers: challenges and opportunities for trade unions

Wednesday 7 January 2015, 3.00 – 6.30 p.m.

3.00 – 3.30 p.m.

Welcome and introductions

– Gabi Zimmer, MEP, GUE/NGL President

– Horst Schmitthenner, TUNE


3.30 – 6.30 p.m.

Trade union approach to organising migrant workers

– The state of play: who are they, how many, where do they go, developments?

– Svetlana Boincean, International Union of Foodworkers (IUF)

– Italian challenges and experiences

Selly Kane, the Immigration Office of the CGIL, Italy

– Norwegian experiences from the construction industry in Oslo

– Peter Vellesen, Chair of the Construction Workers’ Union in Oslo

– Labour migration: how to build unity and solidarity



Thursday 8 January 2015, 9.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

9.00 – 10.15 p.m.

TISA – the irreversible commodification of public services through trade agreements

Penny Clarke, Deputy General Secretary, EPSU

10.30 – 11.30 p.m.

What can we expect from the EU political level?

Status of trade union related issues in the European Parliament

Thomas Händel, MEP, GUE/NGL

11.30 – 12.30 p.m.

Report on actual trade union disputes

Dock workers’ struggles in Europe

Terje Samuelsen, Vice President, Norwegian Transport Workers’ Union
Speaker from BTB (Belgische Transportarbeiderbond) (tbc)

Cleaning workers in Greece

Kostadinka Kuneva, MEP supporter of the cleaning workers, Greece
Georgia Oikonomou, Panhellenic Federation, Employees of Public Financial Services

The other side of Internet-Shopping : Strike of Amazon workers in Germany

Stefan Najda, Verdi – United Services Union, retail sector, Germany 
Tim Schmidt, Workers representative Amazon, Germany


Any other business


Interpretation for both meetings: FR, DE, NL, IT, EN, DA, EL, ES, PT, SV, CS, FI


For more information contact:

Karola Boger
[email protected]

GUE/NGL press contact:  Gianfranco Battistini + 32 475 646628

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