The course aims at providing the learner with knowledge and skills in order to be better prepared to face difficult situations following change and restructuring.

It also aims at providing ideas about new definitions of the role of trade union in the new social-economic-technological contexts emerging in the EU member-States in the 2nd decade of the 21st century.

Learners may contribute with their own experiences and ideas.

The course is designed to last for 3 weeks (one for each of the three modules) in order to give learners time enough to digest knowledge and reflect on how to better use it.

The module provides the basic definitions, rational, background and impact of company mergers / acquisitions and of restructuring that often follows them. It also gives the main points of the competition Law and the workers’ rights protection Law concerning national firms and European scale firms.

Aim of the module is the development of an understanding of underlying mechanisms and effects of mergers/acquisitions/restructuring as well as how trade unionists can use  existing legislation in order to decrease the negative impact of these decisions on their members. 

This module provides a reflection on how trade unions may use the principles that constitute the basis of their existence, those of “strength in unity” and of solidarity to form safety nets to protect their members and to express positive solutions. This is always extremely important, all the more in periods of crisis.

Aim of the module is to understand the way a person understands his/her needs and how one can combine labour movement tradition with potential provided by new technologies and positive attitude to form an effective trade union safety net.

This module provides a reflection on how trade unions may contribute in a positive way in the overcoming of crisis, the preservation of employment  and the creation of new jobs.

Aim of the module is to examine the various factors that contribute to the effectiveness of trade unions and new skills required by trade unionists in order that they can play a proactive role, which is valuable in the improvement of the conditions for job creation.