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UNI Europe Commerce Workers Rise in Amsterdam

LÍV represents Iceland as Europea Commerce Workers Rise in Amsterdam

On 14 and 15 November, around 150 representatives from commerce unions all over Europe are convening for the UNI Europa Commerce conference in Amsterdam to set priorities and elect new leadership for the next four years. Four representives from LÍV are attending, Eiður Stefánsson, Hulda Björnsdóttir and María Dýrfjörð from FVSA and Sigmundur Halldórsson from VR/LÍV.

Since the Conference in 2019 the commerce sector has undergone a significant transformation, driven by several factors that are interlinked and mutually reinforcing: cost-of-living crisis, technology, greening, new skills and changing consumer behaviour. 

In response, the conference will call for an ambitious action plan for the European commerce sector, with the aim to promote collective bargaining as the tool to address and overcome the precariousness that commerce workers face, to strengthen the voice of workers and to improve working conditions in the Commerce sector. 

The key topics of the Conference will be: Commerce – A sector in transition; UNI Europa commerce and EU; Building Union power; Amazon; and Health & Safety for commerce workers.   

The conference will also include contributions from affiliates in different regions on each of the key subject areas to gain the perspective and experiences of commerce unions in Europe. 

UNI’s Director of Commerce, Annika Flaten, said: 

“We’re looking forward to reuniting with our affiliates in Amsterdam. We meet to tackle the most pressing issues affecting workers in the commerce sector today. The conference aims to pave the way for forward-thinking and call for collective bargaining as the key element of democracy and the way to strengthen the voice of workers. We have a simple message: Commerce workers – UNI Europa Rising and Committed to win! “