International Training Centre

Build Trade Union Power to Create a Fairer Europe 2021-2022


“Build Trade Union Power to Create a Fairer Europe 2021-2022” is a joint project organized with ITC-ILO focusing on enhancing the competences of national trade union representatives in 3 thematic areas:

  1. gender equality and diversity,
  2. migrant and domestic workers
  3. workers in non-standard forms of employment (NFSE),accompanied by a toolkit and set of guidelines for more inclusive unions.


The project is subdivided in two years. In 2021, it will target 25 participants per each face to face module and up to 50 in E-learning modules.  In 2022 is designed as an action-oriented programme for the participants engaged in national union renewal. They will go deeper into 3 inclusiveness topics by designing and implementing action plans with concrete steps on gender and diversitymigrant and domestic workers and workers in NSFE linking them to trade union revitalization and communication strategies. Activities will converge in Knowledge sharing and dissemination conference where the most successful practices will be showcased, supported by an EFFAT Inclusiveness Compendium describing best practices in trade union inclusion of vulnerable workers in the sectors of agriculture, food, tourism and domestic work, created by the project.


Expected outcomes on gender equality and diversity 

-Strengthen EFFAT’s gender equality and diversity network
-New strong gender policy that engages affiliates to implement strategies and collective bargaining demands around equal pay, pay transparency, work-life balance and sexual harassment and violence at work based on EFFAT tools and ILO standards
-Raise awarness among EFFAT affiliates about the need to make trade unions more attractive to women and make gender mainstreaming an intergral part of their organising strategies


Expected outcomes on migrant and domestic workers

  • Set up domestic worker sectoral structure
  • Increased EFFAT domestic workers membership, both new affiliates and more members.
  • Raise awareness about the positive economical, societal, and cultural benefits migrants bring to European societies.
  • Tools and material to reach out to migrants, organize them and protect their rights at work.


Expected outcomes linked to workers in NSFE

  • Higher level of protection of workers in non-standard forms of employment by applying renewed EFFAT charter in the national contexts
  • New tools and methods to reach out to, organize and recruit workers on non-standard employment contracts, such as fixed-term employment, seasonal work, part-time work, zero-hour contracts, temporary agency work, labour platforms and bogus self-employment.
  • Higher outreach to workers in NSFE through the implementation of national action plans designed during the project and new types of actions rolled out