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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  • 5 Nov 2014
    Seminar on employment and social policy
    For a Europe of the Workers

    Spain's concerns as regards employment and social policy were discussed in Brussels at the initiative of Paloma Lopez, GUE MEP, who organised a seminar attended by trade union representatives from all the regions of Spain.

  • 22 Oct 2014
    Georges Dassis with members of «Cultura contro Camorra»
    The mafia : disobeying is possible

    The association "Cultura Contro Camorra", the aim of which is to fight against organized crime in the EU, visited the Workers' Group.

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    Civil society's proposals for boosting social inclusion and competitiveness in Europe
    Conference - Multipurpose Room, Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Italy, Via Santa Maria in via 37, Rome, Italy

    The high-level conference "Towards a more effective Europe 2020: civil society's proposals for boosting social inclusion and competitiveness in Europe", 4-5 December 2014 in Rome, will be an important occasion for the EESC and newly nominated European Commission to discuss the role of the organised civil society during the 2015-2020 period. It will provide an opportunity to promote the important work that is being done in the Europe 2020 Steering Committee of EESC and to bring the concrete propositions to the EU decision making level.


  • Brussels, EESC, room JDE 62

    The Workers' Group organised an extraordinary meeting in Brussels on 23 October 2014 that was devoted in part to a discussion on a study about the economic and social situation in Austria.

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