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 poli




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  • 21 Oct 2016
    Tim Roache, General Secretary of the GMB
    Brexit - how trade unions hope to make the best of a bad situation

    The EESC Workers' Group was honoured to welcome Tim Roache, General Secretary of the GMB, the UK's third largest trade union, at its Group meeting on 19 October. Mr Roache and the Workers' Group members discussed the issues around the UK referendum vote to leave the EU and the trade union strategy for securing the best outcome for working people during the exit negotiations.

  • 21 Oct 2016
    Javier Doz Orrit
    Anti-money laundering

    The fight against money laundering, corruption, fraud and tax evasion and other similar crimes must be reinforced by strengthening the means available for it. To this purpose, a closer cooperation among intelligence and security services of Member States must be ensured, in order to tackle money laundering, terrorism and its funding.

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