Trade union collaboration is a powerful weapon. International trade union cooperation, either within the framework of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) or at the level of the various European trade union federations, is an essential factor that supports and advances the union struggle. International trade union collaboration is also just as important at enterprise level.
A token of what proper coordination can achieve is the letter that our union has sent to Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group (IAG) with other representative trade unions in Iberia Airlines and British Airways.
This letter prompted Mr. Walsh to provide us with the relevant information to establish whether IAG falls within the scope of Directive 2009/38/EC on the establishment of a European Works Council or a procedure in Community-scale undertakings and Community-scale groups of undertakings for the purposes of informing and consulting employees.
There is no doubt that this joint initiative will be taken into account by the management of IAG. Moreover, we hope they will bear this in mind in the future. On UNITE’s part we will continue to support the strengthening of international trade unionism and transnational coordination between unions and union work as an effective tool in achieving the best possible outcomes for workers.