Over the past two decades we have observed a change in the political and social climates in Europe. Political populism and the rise of extreme right-wing parties give more and more momentum to an anti-immigrant discourse. Trade unions across Europe are affected by these dynamics and by the impact they have on their members.
As trade unionists, it’s time to reassert our fundamental values: a worker is a worker, whatever is his or her citizenship. Migrant workers are an integral part of the European workforce. Despite this, they remain very vulnerable. The status of being a non-national in one of the EU Member States can still have dramatic consequences, including facing expulsion or becoming a victim of exploitation and discrimination. Against this background, promoting the rights of migrants as workers in the labour market is more than ever a priority for trade unionists.
This is why the ETUI is now launching the third edition of this online course, which will be hosted on Moodle. The training is self-paced over the course of five weeks, and it includes the support of a tutor and one live webinar with an ETUC expert. The total workload expected from each participant is 7-8 hours on average.
This online training aims to:
1. highlight migrants' experiences, participation and engagement in trade unions;
2. support the gathering of data and statistics about migrant workers;
3. identify the risk factors of the exploitation of migrant workers;
4. report positive examples and best practices of migrant workers promotion in trade unions.
Participants: A maximum of 50 participants can be accepted. The ETUI will select the participants based on the requirements for the target group and according to the principle of 'first come, first served'. The target group for this course are trade unionists from ETUC-affiliated organisations who are working on the rights of migrants and on organising migrant workers. Unionists who are interested in exploring the issue of migration are also welcome
Registrations: Individual expressions of interest can be made through national contact persons (see the list here). ETUI Education is available for clarification and support (Sylviane Mathy: firstname.lastname@example.org). Participation in this course is free of charge.