The ILO Office for the European Union and the Benelux Countries maintains good contacts with the major employers’ organizations and trade unions of the Benelux Countries as well as with their representations at the European and International level. The organisations are:
At European LevelETUC
. The European Trade Union Confederation
, established in 1973 and based in Brussels, today represents 82 trade unions from 36 European countries as well as 12 sectoral organisations. The primary objective of ETUC is to promote the European social model. ETUC believes that consulting workers, collective bargaining, social dialogue and good working conditions are the key to promoting innovation, productivity, competitiveness and growth in Europe. BUSINESSEUROPE
. The Confederation of European Business
, based in Brussels, is the official representation of industrialists and employers at the EU level. It currently consists of 40 members from 34 different countries, including European Union Member States, the European Economic Area countries, and some Central and Eastern European countries. The current structure, which includes seven general policy committees and about sixty working groups, promotes the common professional interests of the companies it represents and participates, on behalf of its members, in the dialogue between social partners enshrined in the Treaty of the European Union. BUSINESSEUROPE is governed by the Council of Presidents.
Other employers’ organizations are UEAPME
, which is the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, and CEEP
, the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public services. All above mentioned organisations are involved and engaged in the European Social Dialogue
At International LevelITUC
. The International Trade Union Confederation
, established in 2006, represents 168 million workers in 311 nationally affiliated organisations in 155 countries. The primary objective of the ITUC is to promote and defend the rights and interests of workers through the international cooperation of trade unions, global campaigns and industrial action at the heart of the key international institutions. ITUC collaborates closely with ILO on decent work for all and a fair globalization. ILOs Governing Body has officially conferred general advisory status upon ITUC and ITUC also maintains relations with many other specialised institutions of the United Nations. IOE
. The International Organisation of Employers
was created in 1920 and is based in Geneva with the aim to promote and defend the interests of employers, particularly in the International Labour Organisation. The IOE is the permanent liaison body for the exchange of information, views and experience among employers throughout the world. It has been recognised as the only organisation at the international level that represents the interests of business in the labour and social policy fields. The IOE embodies 150 national employer organisations from 143 countries worldwide.