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Transnational workshops


Workshops in the project "Fair European Labour Mobility" (2022-2023)


Fair European Labour Mobility: Transnational workshop III
September 25.-28.2023 | Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The third transnational workshop took place with seven counsellors from Germany, a new FELM colleague from Austria, two project members from Hungary and Germany and counsellors from Poland, Romania and Slovenia. The workshop aimed to deepen the cooperation between the counsellors of the different countries and encourage the exchange on their counselling experiences, developments in the different sectors, political and legal changes and on certain cases.

The workshop started with an orientation, so the participants got information on the workshop in general and exchanged on their own expectations. As the workshop is mainly about exchange and networking, we used the first day also to get to know each other and our work in the different counselling centres better.

The next day started with peer counselling. Faire Mobilität is using the this to reflect their counselling, Justyna O. (who is working for  Faire Mobilität and the FELM project) presented the method briefly before all went into small groups to work on cases from the EU project. In four language groups (Hungarian, Romanian, Polish and one English speaking group) they discussed cases in the sectors of Metal, Construction and Care. This exchange was very helpful for all of them. The FELM colleagues got new ideas from German Colleagues and the German colleagues got insights to the cases and case work of the projects’ colleagues.

Afterwards they divided in groups to exchange on the current changes and challenges in certain sectors. The EU-project has sector specific counselling centers – and also most the colleagues of Fair Mobilität have a focus – so they got the possibility to exchange with colleagues from other countries on one sector to get more insights. The sector specific groups discussed on Care, Transport, Metal and Agriculture/ Seasonal Work. They updated each other on new developments in politics, legal issues, in changes they notices in the counselling, and exchanged on the challenges they have in the sectors and how to solve it. As the structure of each of these transnational sectors can only be understood by having the information form sending and receiving country, these meetings were considered as particularly helpful.

After a lunch break, the counsellors and project members revised their analyses of the sectors, which they had already prepared in the first workshop in January/ February - the sector dossiers. In these dossiers, the perspectives of the receiving and the sending country on the sector are collected. They discussed and updated on the questions: What are the special characteristics of this sectors (in the countries you have experience on)? What is the specific structure and what are the problems? What perspectives do you have on the problems? Do they differ? What are the main points for improvement? Afterwards, we came together to sum up the discussed point for the whole group.

In the evening, we went outside the conference centre for a city tour about experiences of migrants in Frankfurt with the project: “turn the corner” - this a project of people with and without migration experience who support people with housing and other problems. They do public work and have a social center where they do workshops and provide space for social movements. They guided us to some places in Frankfurt, and it was very interesting to get insights into the experiences of migrants in everyday life, with authorities, and at work. Among other things, we discussed the particular challenges faced by third-country nationals whose residence permit depends on a job. They reported on labour exploitation and extremely poor working conditions. Afterwards they provided a dinner for the group in the youth center of DGB, where we continued our discussion.

Transnational Workshop 3 discussion

Transnational Workshop 3 discussion DGB

At Wednesday, 27.09. Annelie Buntenbach from the supporting network Faire Mobilität and Attila Szász, counsellor from Faire Mobilität, joined us to discuss joint demands and following common actions. Before we got into the discussion, we did an introduction, combined with a short reflection of the workshop until this point. We were very happy to welcome Annelie to the workshop – as a founding member of Faire Mobilität and former member of the executive federal board of the DGB she founded the European Fair Mobility Support Network together with other trade unions. This network developed joint demands for a counselling structure in the EU. These demands are based on the study “Supporting mobile migrant labour - the role of the trade union movement” of Jan Cremers. The discussion was very fruitful for all parts - we discussed the perspective of the partners of the other countries on these demands, they brought in their ideas and we discussed how we can create synergies here – how can we bring together the efforts all do in the different places. Afterward Annelie presented the next actions of the network and we discussed how we can bundle our expertise here and did some arrangements for further cooperation.

After lunch, the colleagues went to different places in Frankfurt to meet some colleagues from Faire Mobilität and also from the metal union IG Metall in their offices. With these colleagues, they discussed their experiences in counselling and international union work and got very specific insights in their daily work. 

At the last day of the workshop, we started with a summary and a reflection on the meetings of the afternoon of the day before and the colleagues shared what was especially good/ interesting at their meetings. Also, we collected leftovers and thought about last points we wanted to discuss in this constellation. From there, we collected and discussed some open points. One idea we discussed are short interviews with counsellors, which we distribute on facebook. In addition, there will be online meetings in language groups. Also, we seek to share continuously the experiences of the project partners with the colleagues of Faire Mobilität. Furthermore, we collected ideas for possible future projects, as adding QR-codes on the leaflets for counselling seekers (so the information will always be up to date), a podcast with interviews with counsellors or to collect short summaries of exemplary cases for public work to make the situation of workers visible.

Finally, we reflected the workshop on the organisation, the exchange, the things to take home, and new ideas for a possible next workshop. The group was very satisfied with the workshop, the format, the organisation, the program and location. And they were very happy for this special and really helpful opportunity to exchange on their work with such great experts.

After saying goodbye to the colleagues of Faire Mobilität, the colleagues from FELM continued with a short internal project meeting. They discussed the idea of an EU-wide counselling network and, putting in our experience, what it would need to make it a success. Also, we spoke about the continuation of the project and exchanged on cases with third country workers.

Transnational Workshop 3 group

Transnational Workshop 3 group DGB



Fair European Labour Mobility: Transnational workshop II
January 30th -February 1st  2023 | Berlin

The second transnational workshop was the first in-person-workshop since the Covid-19 pandemic. Counsellors from Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia came together in Berlin to exchange their experiences, work on cases together and discuss further action.
The first evening was all about getting to know each other better and to get into the conversation after a long time online. The next day was marked by exchange. First, Justyna Oblacewicz (Faire Mobilität and FELM) presented a method on how to structure peer counselling to make it more fruitful for all participants. Afterwards the counsellors put this method into practice and discussed, divided in two groups of sectoral experts, two cases from the counsellors of FEML: Marko Tanasić (ZSSS, Slovenia) presented a case of transport workers and Magdalena Kossakowska (OPZZ, Poland) a case of a care worker. At the same time, Michaela Dälken (DGB Bildungswerk, Germany) shared her experience on workshop methods with Bábel Balázs and Bettina Kiss (Vasas, Hungary), who are doing a lot of seminars with multipliers dealing with workers rights.
Afterwards, Bernadett Petö (Faire Mobilität and FELM) presented different strategies to support workers when counselling on the juridical level reaches its limits. She presented a case, where it was important and useful to go public. The group discussed their experiences on this and collected more strategies which might be helpful, as well as the challenges and chances of the different forms.
At the afternoon, the counsellors divided in sectoral expert groups and visited colleagues from unions and counselling centres in Berlin to talk about current developments in the metal sector and automotive industry, care and transport and to exchange on their form of support and counselling.
At the next day, Jan Cremers (Independent Expert EP and ELA) presented a new study where he analysed the EU acquis with regard to the goal of fair labour relations. We discussed examples of support projects and what needs to change to ensure this goal.
Afterwards, the group again divided in sectoral groups (metal, domestic care, transport) and discussed the major challenges and characteristics of this branches and what needs to change. With the outcome of this exchange, we want to work further on in the future.
The workshop closed at the afternoon and at the same time, the evaluation workshop started with a city tour on migration history in Berlin.

Transnational Workshop 2

Transnational Workshop 2 DGB



Fair European Labour Mobility: Transnational workshop I
26.-27. October 2022 | online  

At the first transnational workshop counsellors from the German DGB Faire Mobilität came together with counsellors from Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia from the new project “Fair European Labour Mobility”. After a getting to know, David Doppelbauer from the new partner ÖGB, gave detailed insights into the industrial relations, unions and important actors in Austria in the morning and on the regulations and procedures in the field of posting in the afternoon. The input was combined with a quiz to encourage the exchange on the learned facts. Afterwards, Annelie Buntenbach and Jan Cremers presented the support Network Fair Mobility, which they founded together with other trade unions. We discussed the idea of this informal European network of a trade-union linked national advisory network for temporary migrants, posted and seasonal workers and exchanged on how we could synergize in the project.

At Thursday morning, Gert Groppel from the DGB Rechtsschutz explained the juridical procedures and evidences on court in Germany. As contact person for ver.di he got entrusted with an important case in the care sector/24 hours work and coordinated the whole juridical process. He gave us an introduction into the legal requirements, the burden of proof and information to the court processes in Germany.

After a break, Adnan Dzibric (DGB Faire Mobilität) presented the German regulations and procedures regards the important A1 certificate. Counsellors from the involved countries shared their experiences and we discussed the differences and the possibilities to support workers who suffer from problems with this certificate like missing insurances.

The final subject of discussion was the European directive on transparent and predictable working conditions and it’s national transformation into law. Alina Lippegaus from Faire Mobilität explained the process in Germany and summarized what actually changed – and the counsellors of the different countries reported what happened in their countries.

New subject to discuss in the next workshop were collected and some agreed upon bilateral meetings to discuss the subjects further.

FELM_ transnational workshop 1 2022



Workshops in the project "Network for Fair Posting" (2021-2022)


Network Fair Posting: Transnational workshop III
16.-18. March 2022 | online  

The third transnational workshop was focussed on the sectors transport and seasonal work and on our recommendations for the EU regulation.

Anna Weirich (EMWU) and Edwin Atema (FNV) gave a well-informed and focussed input on the new regulations for transport workers at the European level and the best practices and experiences of the Netherlands union to protect workers’ rights. With Federico Pancaldi from the European Labour authority we discussed the experiences on the situation of lorry drivers and exchanged on needs for action. With a special methodological framework the counsellors discussed in small groups with experts on the sectors different cases.

At the morning of the 17th Alina Lippegaus (Faire Mobilität), gave an input on the new regulation in agriculture temporary work. Afterwards we discussed common recommendations for the different sectors for the European Union. Therefore, the experts discussed in focus groups their experiences and elaborated the most important needs in the sectors. The discussed sectors have been Care, metal, construction, agriculture and transport. At the third day the counsellors have had a training on counselling skills.


Workshop 3


transnational workshop 3 2022


Network Fair Posting: Transnational workshop II

28./29. October 2021 | online  

The second transnational workshop of “Network Fair Posting” took place online. This two days of fruitful exchange with our great colleagues from Faire Mobilität we started with an input on the EU decision on temporary work and the German Court decision on 24hrs Care Work. We discussed the consequences for posted workers and the international cooperation. A colleague from IG BAU presented the union membership for mobile workers in the construction and agriculture industry. We were very happy to welcome an expert from the European Labour Authority who presented the campaign against precarious work, especially in the agriculture sector. We exchanged on the problems in this sector and how we could work together to improve the working conditions.

The second day we had a training on counselling strategies of distressed workers. We learned how the stress of the workers effects the counselling situation and how we could deal with this.

Network Fair Posting: Transnational workshop I

24./25. march 2021 | online  

This first transnational workshop of our new project “Network Fair Posting” had a focus on new important developments in posting of workers. We started with the current debates in the agriculture sector and new regulations with the insights of a colleague from Faire Mobilität. Afterwards, we discussed the subject of posting 3rd county nationals, which is more and more important in our project. We exchanged the international experiences and discussed how to act in such cases. We had a juridical input on remote work in Corona times, and which laws apply here as well as on the national regulations of the Posting Directive in Germany, which were updated last year. The meeting was a great opportunity for exchange with the partners from Faire Mobilität and gave new insights into the different subjects.



Workshops in the project "Fair Working Conditions" (2019-2020)


Fourth transnational Workshop: Focus on the transportation sector

8th October 2020 | Online

The fourth transnational workshop focussed on the transport sector. We started with an input on the the situation, common problems and social rights in the transport sector. Anna Szot and Sejla Vojic (counsellors from Faire Mobilität) built a good basis for the following discussion. They explained the complicated documentation of working reality and habitual work place and the current discussions on legal changes to improve the situation of the workers. They showed examples of their fieldwork and explained how they talk to drivers at parking spots to inform them about their rights.

After a break, Marko Tanasić (ZSSS) gave some insights on the difficulties in counselling and his best practices. He reported how he solves cases and shared his yearlong experience in counselling in the transport sector. We discussed the further cooperation with ver.di as well as the transnational cooperation on cases.

Third transnational workshop

3rd to 4th June 2020 | Online

Due to the pandemic, we had to switch to an online workshop for our third transnational workshop. The focus was a mid-evaluation of the project as well as a training and exchange on the Care sector (elderly, childcare, domestic work). In the evaluation, we discussed the fruitful cooperation in cases with Faire Mobilität as well as ideas to better reach posted workers as well as the general public via social media.

At the second day, colleagues from Faire Mobilität joined the workshop on Care, as one of the most important posting sectors. Manuela Kamp (a German lawyer) lectured on the legal basis in Germany for employment as a live-in care worker and Magdalena Kossakowska (OPZZ) gave an input on social insurance in this sector. Many counsellors of Faire Mobilität gave insights into their counselling work, common problems and possible solutions as well as in the client online work they do.

Second transnational workshop

30 september - 02 october 2019 | Zagreb

The second workshop took place at the venue of SSSH in Zagreb. All partners and counsellors from the German Fair Mobility network took part and had a fruitful exchange on their experiences, on transnational cases and best practices. In the common casework, colleagues developed new ideas and strengthened their cooperation. With a focus on the construction branch, experts gave us an insights into the system and procedures of counselling, A1 Forms and the paid leave scheme of SOKA-BAU.

Trade union projects on posting: a European exchange

22 March 2019 | Berlin

Limited project timelines and changing funding priorities – these conditions often make it difficult to perpetuate the project results. With the aim of better networking, trade unionists from Germany, France, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania and Italy gathered together in Berlin. The upshot was that the representatives of the three projects present (Fair Working Conditions, TIDE POWER and the Reder Network) intend to pursue more joint initiatives in the future. The event was organised by the DGB Bildungswerk BUND e.V., together with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Marina Mesure from the European Federation of Building and Wood Workers, and the DGB project "Fair Mobility".

Find a report from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in German online.

Start of the new project: first transnational workshop

19 - 21 March 2019 | Berlin

For the first time ever, the new project group met up in Berlin to hold a transnational workshop. Key points of the programme included an exchange on the specific features of posting as reported by the respective partner countries and a chance to get to know each other. For some project partners, the opening of an information centres was imminent. Experienced colleagues shared their best practices in a discussion relating to strategy.