Communications Activities


Unions in Motion - EMF Film Festival

10-11 June 2011 at Landschaftspark Nord in Duisburg, Germany

'Trade unions using audiovisual tools to illustrate the challenges of a changing society and industry as well as the need to safeguard jobs and a future for all workers.'

Motion graphics and programme in English, German and French are available now!


Communications @ Congress

The EMF is hoping to make the proceedings, activities and outcomes of the Congress as visible as possible. Therefore the EMF invites all affiliated trade union communicators to a briefing at the iPoint on the day prior to Congress, i.e. Wednesday 8 June 2011 at 12H00-14H00.

The purpose of the meeting is to ensure visibility and to describe the various communications activities that are taking place at and around the Congress.


Cool communications for unions in change

The Swedish trade union confederation TCO has through its Forum Facket Förändras (the trade union is changing) developed a range of state of the art communication tools with the purpose of showing the value of being a trade union member.

The Forum was launched in 2007 and received thousands of suggestions on how trade unions can be developed.


Book launch: The Ambivalent Character of Participation

The Ambivalent Character of Participation - New Tendencies in Worker Participation in Europe

Editors: Francesco Garibaldo & Volker Telljohann

The EMF hosts a book launch on 9 March 2011 at 17H00-19H00 at the EMF Secretariat in Brussels.


Fim-Cisl First Day of Communications

The Italian trade union Fim-Cisl held a 'First Day of Communications” in Rome on 21 October 2010.

The over all theme of the event is communications in the metalworkers sector in Italy.


EMF communicators focus on precarious work

Communicators from EMF Second Common Demand on Precarious Work.

The meeting took place on the World Day For Decent Work and aimed at strengthening the communcations aspect of EMF policy work on the issue.


EMF Handbook on Communications

The EMF has published a Handbook on Communication. The purpose of the Handbook is to provide inspiration and support to trade union communicators around Europe. However, it does not only target trade unions in the metalworking industry, but can be used by other industries, as well as by partners in civil society.

Published in September 2010.

In English only.


Communications meeting at Machinists union in Washington DC

On 13 July the EMF's information & communications adviser was invited to spend a day with the communications team at the The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), located in Washington DC.


Global solidarity and communications conference

On 7-11 July more than two hundred trade unionists from around the globe gathered in sweltering heat in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for the first public Labour Start Conference.

Conference website.


EMF Communicators to discuss new handbook

On 4-5 May 2010 the EMF affiliated organisation Metalicy hosts the seventh meeting of EMF communicators. The meeting takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The meeting will focus on improving communications of trade union policy in South-East Europe as well as the new EMF trade union handbook on communications.

The meeting is sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.


IMF-EMF Communicators to debate global union campaigning

Union communicators from different parts of the world will meet at the first joint EMF-IMF Communicators’ Forum in Frankfurt to discuss union campaigns, innovative communication strategies and new media techniques.

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