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THE FEDERATION OF THE TRADE UNIONS OF MACEDONIA (SSM). Radojka Denkovska Turin, 2009. HISTORY OF THE TRADE UNIONISM IN MACEDONIA. A TRADITION THAT SPANS FOR 101 yrs SSM WAS FIRST FOUNDED IN THE 1950’s

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THE FEDERATION OF THE TRADE UNIONS OF MACEDONIA (SSM)

Radojka Denkovska

Turin, 2009


HISTORY OF THE TRADE UNIONISM IN MACEDONIA

  • A TRADITION THAT SPANS FOR 101 yrs

  • SSM WAS FIRST FOUNDED IN THE 1950’s

  • IN 1991 THE FEDERATION WAS TRANSFORMED TO ADAPT ITS ORGANIZATION TO THE PROGRESSIVE WESTERN-STYLE TRADE UNIONISM

  • SSM IS THE OLDEST AND THE MOST REPRESENTATIVE FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS IN MACEDONIA

  • OVER 200,000 MEMBERS

  • 17 BRANCH-TRADE UNIONS

  • DEMOCRATICALY-ELECTED TRADE UNION GOVERNING BODIES


SSM AND THE EU-ACCSESSION

WITH SSM’s NEW PRESIDENT ELECTIONS IN 2002, A NEW WAVE OF EUROPEAN TRADE UNION-INTEGRATION WAS STARTED

EMPHASIS WAS PUT ON COOPERATION WITH THE OLD AND THE NEW EU-MEMBER COUNTRIES

THE YOUTH AND WOMEN’S SECTIONS WERE SELECTED AMONG THE TOP PRIORITIES


WHAT SSM HAS TO OFFER YOU?

  • FREE LEGAL HELP/ADVICE

  • “STRENGTH IN NUMBERS”-THE TRADE UNION ON AN ENTERPRISE LEVEL IS NOT ALONE–THE BRANCH TRADE UNIONS ARE THERE AS WELL AS SSM (ON A NATIONAL LEVEL)

  • ACCESS TO THE “SOLIDARITY FUNDS”- FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WITH LOW (OR O%) INTEREST RATES

  • A MEDIATOR BETWEEN THE MANAGEMENT/OWNERS AND THE WORKERS


WHAT SSM HAS TO OFFER YOU?

  • ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE CREATION OF THE CHANGES OF THE LEGAL DOCUMENTS IN MACEDONIA

  • AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THE PROCESS OF EU ACSESSION IN THE AREAS OF THE SOCIAL DIALOGUE – THE GOVERNMENT MUST RESPECT THE OPINION OF THE TRADE UNIONS THAT ARE PART OF ETUC (SSM IS AN OBSERVER-MEMBER OF ETUC)

  • PRO-ACTIVE APPROACH IN CREATING NEW LAWS (SSM HAS DRAFTED A PROPOSAL ON A “LAW ON WORK HARASSMENT-MOBBING”


What else can trade unions do for YOUTH?

  • Reach out to young people and organise them taking into account different factors such as, economic competition, technological change, new form of business organization and employment relationships;

  • To make them stronger and more open tothe society;

  • To appreciate young people’s opinion and respect the youth because of their flexibility, education, tolerance and potential;

  • To involve youth in trade union decision-making process;


  • Co-operate with schools and youth NGOs on awareness-raising about labour rights

  • Promote togetherness and solidarity as preconditions for a stronger union response to the challenges of economic and social changes.

  • Propose innovative changes in trade union work


SSM AND ITS YOUTH SECTION

  • CURRENTLY SSM’S YOUTH SECTION IS ENGAGED IN A PROJECT (WITH THE PARTNERSHIP OF THE “BALKAN CHILDREN & YOUTH FOUNDATION”) FROM THE “PROGRESS” PROGRAM ON THE TOPICS OF YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

  • A REPRESENTATIVE FROM SSM’S YOUTH SECTION IS PARTICIPATING IN EU’S WORKSHOP ON “CREATING STRATEGIES FOR YOUTH EMPLOYMENT” IN BRUXELLS


THE FUTURE OF SSM’S YOUTH SECTION

  • TO GAIN THE STATUS OF A VOTING MEMBER WITHIN SSM’S COUNCIL

  • TO BECOME INVOLVED WITHIN THE CREATION OF MACEDONIA’S STRATEGIES FOR REDUCTION OF THE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

  • TO IMPROVE ON THE VISIBILITY OF ITS MEMBERS (THROUGH SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS)

  • TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF TRADE UNION MEMBERS AMONG THE YOUNG WORKERS

  • AND TO BECOME LEADERS IN TRADE UNIONS MOVEMENTS


JOIN TO THE UNION AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT ELSE CAN OFFER TO YOU 


Thank you !


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