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Priority 4: Working conditions and job quality


In the context of globalisation and digitalisation, the situation of the unemployed is degrading, as they are disadvantaged in terms of their skill development needs. Already any low-skilled worker needs to face these challenges, as otherwise the risk of becoming unemployed will rise quickly. Long-term unemployment has become an endemic problem in so many countries in the European Union and is a paramount burden for its economies, especially in the Euro area. Trade unions are taking specific action towards mitigating this problem, establishing measures at the social dialogue level.

The aim of the course is to bring together trade unionists from all around Europe to discuss how to enhance TU strategies in the face of Europe’s long-term unemployment.

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  • to analyse the situation of the long-term unemployed in European countries (statistics, legal framework, national policy);
  • to share experiences of different trade union actions over long-term unemployment, with a focus on unemployed workers over 55 years old;
  • to develop a joint trade union perspective and strategy at EU level for tackling long-term unemployment, in the context of national and European social dialogue.