Trade union organisational development, recruitment and capacity building

The strength and capacity of the trade union movement are dependent on its membership, i.e. on the representativeness of its various organisations and on the active involvement of its members in its activities and actions.

“Organising and recruiting new members” is a top priority for the ITUC. It involves reviewing all the structures and practices of the trade union movement and urges reflection on the rigidities of existing trade union structures in the ever-changing world of work. New strategies need to be defined to develop trade unionism in the new economy, and structural reforms and changes should be encouraged with a view to adapting existing trade union structures for working with different categories of workers, including young people, women, workers in informal and precarious employment, migrant workers and employees of MNEs or SMEs.