This year the Congress took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The location was chosen in honour of the most recent accession to the European Union. It was organised with the support of the Croatian government, which warmly welcomed the European trade unionists.
Mr Boris Pleša, President of Sindikata državnih i lokalnih službenika i namještenika Republike Hrvatskei (the Croatian Association of Public Servants, www.sdlsn.hr), took the floor to tell the Congress about the situation of trade unions in the host country.
Other speeches came from Ms Nadia Salson of the European Federation of Public Service Unions (part of the European Trade Union Confederation, of which Union Syndicale Fédérale is a member) and Mr Bernd Hüttemann of the European movement, to which Union Syndicale Fédérale is also affiliated).
The delegates worked mainly on the following themes :
- Well-being at work and harassment ;
- The communication strategy of the organisation ;
- The reform of the Court of Justice, with the abolition of the European Civil Service Tribunal ;
- The trade in services agreement (with the assistance of Ms Deborah James of Our world is not for sale (www.ourworldisnotforsale.org) and Mr Helmut Scholz MEP) ;
- The situation of the agencies.
Three new member organisations were admitted, thus enhancing the clout of the Union vis-àvis increasingly hostile employers :
- European Public Services Union – Court of Justice,
- Union Syndicale Fédérale – Luxembourg Section,
- and the Trade Union of the Franco-German Youth Office.
All the decisions and resolutions can be found on the Union Syndicale Fédérale website. Union Syndicale Fédérale would like to thank all the delegates and guests, and also the host country. Zbogom !