NFS Decent Work Conference

Welcome to the NFS Decent Work Conference, 6 - 7 October in Tallinn, Estonia.

The NFS Decent Work Conference is being arranged in Tallinn on World Day for Decent Work to discuss issues relating to work and working conditions from a Nordic/Baltic perspective.

Together we are looking for answers to the question of how we can work to attain the global goals set down in ILO’s Decent Work Agenda and the 8th goal in Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The conference will convene trade union leaders in the Baltic and Nordic Regions to strengthen cooperation and to enable joint discussion of the challenges facing us as well as strategies for continued work towards our shared goals.

We welcome your attendance!


Thursday 6 October

09:00–11:30, Workplace visit – Ericsson Supply Site, Peterburi Tee 67A, Tallinn (coach leaves the hotel at 08:20)

12:00–13:00, Lunch and registration

13:00-13:05, Introduction – Goda Neverauskaite, ETUC/ITUC-PERC and Hans Øyvind Nilsen, LO Norway (Conférenciers)

13:05–13:45, Opening addresses
  • Jarkko Eloranta, President NFS and SAK Finland
  • Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister of Health and Labour, Estonia
  • Peep Peterson, President EAKL

13:45–14:10, Principal speaker – ILO Decent Work Agenda
  • Anna Biondi, Deputy Director, ACTRAV Bureau for Workers' Activities – ILO

14:10–15:00, “Employment creation” pillar - Growth, job creation and decent wages. How can we together attain the job creation targets?
  • How is the ITUC working to attain the targets in the Decent Work Agenda? Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, Deputy President, ITUC and President of LO, Sweden
  • CBSS’s targets for sustainable economic growth and labour markets in the Baltic region. Maira Mora, Director General, CBSS
  • Questions from the floor

15:00–15:30, Break

15:30–17:00, “Social dialogue” pillar – Social dialogue and the commitment of the social partners – shared global standards as tools for creating decent work. How can we attain the targets for the social dialogue?
  • Global Deal – One route to Decent Work for everybody. Irene Wennemo, State Secretary, Ministry for Employment and Integration, Swedish Government
  • TUAC’s work with the OECD guidelines for multinational companies. John Evans, General Secretary, Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD
  •  ”Labour Code” and the social dialogue in Lithuania. Kristina Krupavičienė, President LPS Solidarumas and Gražina Gruzdienė, President, Lithuanian Trade Union of Food Producers
  • Summarising panel discussion – How can we continue to work together in the Nordic and Baltic region to attain the goals for the social dialogue?

19:00, Buffet dinner

Friday 7 October - World Day for Decent Work

9:00–10:30, “Rights at work” pillarHow can we assure workers’ rights and the ILO core conventions?
  • Future labour markets in the Baltic states. Raul Eamets, Professor of Macroeconomics, Tartu University
  • Practical experience from the forest and wood sector. Inga Ruginienė, President, Federation of Lithuanian Forest and Wood Worker Trade Unions
  • The development of the labour market in Latvia – an employer’s perspective. Andris Alksnis, Adviser on Labour Rights and Lawyer, Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK)
  • Questions from the floor

10:30–11:00, Break
  • NFS project on workers’ rights. Maria Häggman, Policy Officer, NFS
  • AppealWorld Day for Decent Work – Fundamental rights in Lithuania

11:30–12:15, “Social protection” pillar – Secure, decent employment and working conditions in relation to global trends in atypical and insecure forms of employment. How do we attain the targets for socially secure systems?
  • How is the ETUC working to attain the targets? Ester Lynch, Confederal Secretary, ETUC
  • Secure working conditions on the future labour market. Lars Qvistgaard, President, Akademikerne Denmark

12:15–13:00, Concluding panel discussionHow can we continue to work together in the Nordic and Baltic regions to attain the global goals of the Decent Work Agenda?

13:00, Grab&Go lunch

Practical information

6-7 October 2016

Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia, Liivalaia 33, 10118 Tallinn, tel. +372 631 5333

Conference material

Jarkko Eloranta,
President NFS and SAK/FFC Finland

Irene Wennemo,
State Secretary, Sweden

Jevgeni Ossinovski,
Minister of Health and Labour,

Ester Lynch,
Confederal Secretary, ETUC

Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson,
Vice President ITUC and 
President LO Sweden

Maira Mora,
Director General, CBSS

Peep Petersson,
President EAKL Estonia