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2010-2013 - Training New MS


TRAINING OF WORKER REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE NEW MEMBER
STATES AND CANDIDATE COUNTRIES IN THE EWCS OF THE
CONSTRUCTION AND WOOD SECTORS

The enlargement of
the European Union on 1 May 2004 and on 1 January 2007,
has led to a considerable increase in the number of EWC
members coming from these new Member States. In
particular in the construction materials and
wood/furniture industries this has been the case.
Moreover, both of these industries play an important role
in industrial production which has developed strongly
also in recent years.
This development required the organisation of short
training actions.
The target group of the actions were trade union
officials and worker representatives having a recent
experience with the activities of an EWC and needing some
more input in order to fulfil their tasks.
The key activity was the organisation of seminars where
participants got an insight in matters which are relevant
for the functioning of an EWC.
These seminars took place on 8-9 September 2010 in
Prague, on 14-15 September 2010 in Sofia, on 12-13 March
2013 in Bucharest and on 25-26 April in Vilnius, bringing
together participants from almost all new Member States.

The main objective of the action was to give participants
a thorough insight in the trade union structures and the
systems of worker participation throughout the EU as to
provide them with a better understanding of the
transnational text in which they are functioning.
This should lead to an overall improvement of the
functioning of EWCs through strengthening the
transnational dimension of their activities.

It is to be expected that the action will contribute to
an enhanced involvement of worker representatives and the
trade unions concerned in the functioning of existing
EWCs.
As the results of the action are being disseminated
amongst worker representatives who did not attend both
seminars, a positive impact at national level should be
guaranteed.
In view of possible future take overs and mergers in
especially the construction materials and wood/furniture
industry, the action carried out will no doubt have a
future impact and a multiplier effect.



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