As migrants continue to cross Europe's borders, EFFAT recognises trade unions' key role in facilitating refugees' socio-economic integration. EFFAT firmly believes in the potential of refugees to make a positive contribution to their host communities and to society at large.
On this basis, the EFFAT Executive Committee has adopted a common position calling for assistance, unionisation and training for refugees to improve the protection of their employment conditions, as well as ensuring that employers do not compromise the benefits of these measures by indulging in social dumping.
At the Executive Committee meeting, EFFAT Secretary General Harald Wiedenhofer, remarking on the adoption of this document, said: "The integration of refugees escaping war situations poses a huge challenge. The question here isn't whether we should face up to this or not, nor should we see this as an Italian, Spanish or Greek problem – this is an out-and-out European issue and we need to play our part if we don't want to betray our European values. Yet at the same time we need to make sure that control mechanisms are in place. Through training courses, a constructive approach in relations with the employers and viable cooperation with relevant authorities, trade unions can help address the waves of refugees arriving in Europe."
EFFAT's common position on the role of trade unions in integrating refugees