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Som första punkten på dagordningen för NFS Styrelsemöte i Helsingfors idag den 26 maj var beviljandet av medlemskap för Islands Centralorganisation för Akademiker: BHM – Bandalag háskólamanna*.

NFS styrelse beslutade med acklamation att bevilja ansökan.

- Vi är glada över att vara en del av den nordiska fackliga familjen och kommer aktivt att vara delaktiga i att främja och försvara arbetstagares intressen och rättigheter genom det nordiska samarbetet, säger Þórunn Sveinbjarnardóttir, ordförande BHM.
 
Utöver NFS har BHM också ansökt om medlemskap hos Europafacket, Världsfacket och TUAC – Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD.

- Vi hälsar BHM välkomna den nordiska fackliga familjen och ser fram emot att lära känner er och era medlemmars frågeställningar. Tillsammans är vi starka, säger Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, Ordförande för NFS.
 
 *BHM bildades 1958 och har 27 medlemsförbund med drygt 13000 medlemmar. De största förbunden är FRG – Fræðagarður (Akademikerförbundet), FÍN – Félag íslenskra náttúrufræðinga (Naturvetarna) och KVH – Kjarafélag Viðskiptafræðinga og Hagfræðinga (Civilekonomerna).

Läs mer om BHM här: https://www.bhm.is/enska/

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How can Baltic trade unions use the international labour standards and the ILO supervisory machinery?

This was the main question being answered at the training for Baltic trade union leaders and lawyers in Vilnius last week. The training was organized by the Pan European Regional structure of the International Trade Union Confederation in cooperation with ILO and the Workers Bureau AKTRAV. It was the first ILO-training that has been arranged in the Baltics in at least fifteen years.  

The training was inspired by a project that the Council of Nordic Trade Unions, NFS initiated in 2016, to determine if ILO core conventions and tripartite cooperation are being followed in the Baltic countries, and that was carried out in cooperation with colleagues from the Baltics.
The final project report was published in November 2017 and it raises a number of concerns with regard to compliance with especially the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention (C87) and Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention(C98).

The project showed, among other things, that all countries still have restrictions on what can be negotiated through collective bargaining in public sector. There also appears to be a lack of dispute-settlement mechanisms in cases of strikes – Two observations that warrant further discussion and evaluation by experts.   

Problems of access to justice and enforcement of law also exist in the Baltics, even though they look different in the countries. In Estonia there is no institution to turn to in cases of infringements on labour rights and in Lithuania legal procedures concerning labour law have in some cases been complicated to the extent that they have been rendered useless.
All countries also have examples of cases that could most probably be submitted to the ILO supervisory machinery, if the relevant parties would step forward.

NFS continues cooperation with the Baltic Trade Union Confederations on developing fundamental workers’ rights. During 2018 a task force has been appointed to develop a time-bound action plan for Nordic-Baltic cooperation on fundamental rights. The overall goal is to ensure a positive development for workers in the Baltic Sea region and a sustainable future working life. 

The training in Lithuania is an excellent example of international cooperation and competence and capacity building between ILO and trade unions to strengthen fundamental workers rights in the Baltic Sea region.

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