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Handbook on trade union organising

Handbook on union organising

This Handbook on Trade Union Organising is the out­come of a joint project by FIM, FIA, EURO-​MEI and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). The project, enti­tled “Reaching the Full Potential of Social Dialogue for Atypical Workers” focused on the chal­lenge of union rep­re­sen­ta­tion of work­ers in the Media, Arts and Entertainment sec­tor, who are free­lance, self-​employed or oth­er­wise atyp­i­cal work­ers.

The project was fund­ed via the European Commission’s DG Employment and Social Affairs bud­get line for Information and Training Measures for Workers’ Organisations. It ran through­out 2018 and 2019, with a con­clud­ing event held in Dublin in Feb. 2020.

The two main strands of the project focused first­ly, on organ­is­ing and recruit­ing atyp­i­cal work­ers to the trade unions in the sec­tor and sec­ond­ly, on address­ing the legal obsta­cles that may arise when seek­ing to col­lec­tive­ly bar­gain on their behalf. This hand­book draws direct­ly on the expe­ri­ence that was gained in the frame­work of the first project strand: it offers an in-​depth focus on the chal­lenge of organ­is­ing atyp­i­cal work­ers in the sec­tor, draw­ing on the expe­ri­ence of the dif­fer­ent par­tic­i­pat­ing trade unions.

The two main strands of the project focused first­ly, on organ­is­ing and recruit­ing atyp­i­cal work­ers to the trade unions in the sec­tor and sec­ond­ly, on address­ing the legal obsta­cles that may arise when seek­ing to col­lec­tive­ly bar­gain on their behalf

The project involved nine trade unions, who vol­un­teered to par­tic­i­pate in the project; as well as three project train­ers, who each engaged with three unions by vis­it­ing them in their nation­al con­text and offer­ing train­ing, expe­ri­ence and feed­back.

This read­er draws togeth­er the key find­ings from the project actions. It reports on the process and the chal­lenges encoun­tered in under­tak­ing this train­ing and organ­is­ing action. It high­lights how train­ers approached the organ­is­ing chal­lenge in dif­fer­ent nation­al unions and con­texts, adapt­ing their approach. It gives a deep­er insight into some of the tech­niques used and clos­es by giv­ing an overview of some of the new organ­is­ing and recruit­ment ini­tia­tives that result­ed from it. It offers inspi­ra­tion and ideas to the many unions in the sec­tor which are fac­ing the shared chal­lenge of adapt­ing to the chal­lenges of a chang­ing work­force and indus­tri­al land­scape. In par­tic­u­lar, it looks at the press­ing need to reach out and be able to rep­re­sent the free­lance, self-​employed or oth­er­wise atyp­i­cal work­ers in the sec­tor.

The Project coor­di­na­tor and train­ers have also pre­pared a brief video intro­duc­tion to this pub­li­ca­tion.

The Handbook is illus­trat­ed by Caspar de Kiefte of Kunstenbond, who also par­tic­i­pat­ed in the project steer­ing com­mit­tee.

Download the hand­book in PDF

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