Workers' Group - Group II

The Workers' Group (Group II) comprises representatives from national trade unions, confederations and sectoral federations. Its members represent over 80 trade union organisations – the vast majority of them affiliated to the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) or its sectoral federations.

Although the European social model is an example for much of the world, there are still too many people suffering hardship or excluded from society because of poverty, discrimination, lack of education, or other disadvantages.

Group II's key priorities have always been the full employment, the improvement of the living and working conditions of workers in Europe and the well-being of all EU citizens, as well as of workers and their families in other continents.

It is firmly committed to the enlargement and strengthening of the EU, as an area of prosperity, freedom and democracy, mutual support, solidarity and social cohesion, and aims to ensure that workers can play a real part in European policy-making.

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  • 29 Jan 2016 The refugee crisis at the heart of the EESC's concerns

    Over 30 members of the European Economic and Social Committee, representing trade unions, employers and various civil society associations have recently travelled to 11 EU countries and Turkey to assess how these countries are coping with the influx of refugees.

  • 28 Jan 2016 Opinion on energy efficiency labelling - Rapporteur: Mr Fatovic

    In the framework of the COP 21 conference, this opinion and the two others that the EESC adopted at the same time ((TEN/577 and TEN/578) call for a better use of low-carbon energies and a better balance between markets and regulation with the participation of consumers, as well as for an urgent solution to the obstacles to self-production.

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  • Extraordinary meeting of the Workers' Group, Room JDE 62
    Brussels, Belgium

    The Workers' Group organised an extraordinary meeting to discuss its political priorities and to take stock of the ongoing legislative and political work in the European institutions.


  • Paris, France

    On 5 December, the EESC organised a conference at the COP21 on "Putting a socially responsible price on carbon – a challenge for society", based on a study commissioned from the Syndex consultancy on Combating climate change: putting a price on carbon on the basis of economic and social criteria.

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