Bargaining for Equality – with a new energy


ETUC study conducted across Europe in the framework of the project “Collective bargaining for equality” reached its final stage – publication of results, conclusions and recommendations. Follow-up of an extensive survey and conferences in Paris, Stockholm, Sofia and Brussels and the closing one – in Vilnius, the analysis of Dr. Jane Pillinger is available to all trade unions here.

Recommendations have been made in two directions: to the organizations for action at national level, and to the ETUC as coordinator. There will also be developed training on the topic.
One of the most important recommendations to the trade unions is to ensure women’s participation in the negotiating teams, which task FTTUB has longtime ago set itself and which has been successfully implemented in most enterprises. Major role in this respect is plaied and will increasingly be plaied by the Women’s Committee which, last spring, acquired statute, organizational structure and autonomy. It will be charged also to implement other recommendations of the projects, including the collection of gender disaggregated data from the industry to see where from the pay gap comes, how it can be overcome, if there is a hidden discrimination and where, on the contrary, access for men should be facilitated, because equality means balance.
These efforts would remain incomplete if they were not supported by FTTUB youth of both sexes. Fortunately, the basis of this cooperation was already laid and works. Our young women – leaders and activists are visible and make us pride. It was also noted at the ITF Congress in Sofia in August. Let’s wish new and still greater success in bargaining so that we make equality a reality for all!