Workers' Group


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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  • New York, United States

    The EESC side-event at the UN High-level Political Forum session this year in New York will look into the broader experiences with civil society involvement in the EU and other world regions and will try to define enabling conditions for a strong and active role of stakeholders.

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    Extraordinary meeting of the Workers' Group
    Sliema, Malta

    On 11 and 12 May 2017, the Workers' Group held an extraordinary meeting in Malta, on the occasion of the Maltese Presidency, that focused among others on the priorities and programme of the Maltese Presidency, the economic and social situation in the host country and in the EU in general and the need to achieve a fairer EU trade policy for workers and citizens. 

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