Trade Unions for Social Dialogue

Trade Union Co-Financing Programme 2017-2020 Summary

CNV Internationaal Foundation is a civil society organisation, connected to the National Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (CNV) in the Netherlands. CNV Internationaal has worked with trade unions in developing countries since its establishment in 1967. Together with its partner organisations, CNV Internationaal protects and promotes workers’ rights by means of a consultative and coherent model, based on Christian social traditions. Social dialogue, trade union pluralism and workers’ individual responsibility are key values. CNV Internationaal’s mission is to contribute to Decent Work in developing countries by strengthening the position of workers in the formal and informal economy. CNV Internationaal focuses on social dialogue, labour rights in supply chains and youth employability.

Trends and challenges

Current trends and challenges in the world demonstrate the need for initiatives like Decent Work and the Trade Union Co-financing Programme (TUCP). Poverty, combined with vulnerable employment, results in high levels of inequality within countries and leads to a large number of working poor with little access to decent jobs. Women and children are disproportionally affected. Although inequality between countries is decreasing, inequality within countries is on the rise. Large numbers of young people are unemployed or in a job without substantial perspective. Worldwide, unemployment among young people is disturbingly high, which could result in social unrest and large migration flows.

TUCP 2017 – 2020 goals

There is a growing consensus that economic development, when it is not inclusive, is not sufficient to reduce poverty. A way out of poverty and a start to ending inequality is to provide more poor people with access to decent working and living conditions. The Trade Union Cofinancing Programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The new TUCP 2017 – 2020 aims at addressing today’s main global trends and challenges concerning human development – poverty, inequality and (youth) unemployment. The programme also contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. 

Three outcomes 

TUCP 2017 – 2020 is based on lessons learned in the current programme, “A World that Works”, as well as prior experiences. It also takes into account the main needs of the regions the new TUCP will focus on. TUCP 2017 – 2020 will offer a completely different programme than the current TUCP and identifies three long-term outcomes: 

  1. Strengthening social dialogue,
  2. Improving labour rights in supply chains and
  3. Increasing youth employability.

To enable trade unions to effectively participate in social dialogue processes - in general, in the supply chain and in addressing youth employability - the programme’s intermediate outcome has been defined as ‘strengthening the capacities of trade union partners’. 

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