MOBILEurope: Collective bargaining for mobile workers in Europe under the COVID19 – cases of frontier, seasonal and migrant workers

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Collective Bargaining in Times of Crisis: An Approach for Mobile Workers in Europe

Collective bargaining in times of crisis is an important issue for mobile workers in Europe, as these workers often face additional challenges due to labor mobility and differences in labor laws and social protection systems in different countries. Europeans. In this article we present a general approach on how mobile workers can approach collective bargaining in times of crisis in Europe:

1. Knowledge of labor laws and regulations: Mobile workers should become familiar with labor laws and regulations in the country where they work. This will help them understand their rights and responsibilities in times of crisis.

2. Union and union membership: Joining a union or labor organization is essential for the protection of labor rights and collective bargaining. Unions tend to have more experience in bargaining and can better represent workers’ interests.

3. Cross-border cooperation: Since mobile workers often work in different countries, it is essential to establish networks and cross-border cooperation with unions and workers in other countries. This can strengthen the bargaining position of mobile workers in times of crisis.

4. Monitoring the economic situation: Being aware of the economic situation in both the country of origin and the country of work is important. This can help workers anticipate potential problems and take proactive measures.

5. Participation in decision-making: Mobile workers should strive to participate in decision-making related to their employment and working conditions, either through union representatives or by forming workers’ committees.

6. Crisis-adapted collective bargaining: In times of economic crisis, parties involved in collective bargaining must be flexible and willing to consider temporary measures to maintain employment and protect workers’ rights. This could include reduced working hours, part-time work arrangements or training measures.

7. Access to legal advice services: Mobile workers should have access to legal services that can advise them on their rights and options in times of crisis.

8. Promotion of fair labor policies: Mobile workers can also participate in the promotion of fair labor policies at national and European level, through participation in campaigns and activities to defend labor rights.