The Trade Council presidents Hans Freiler and Esther Reyes Diez welcomed the participants. As a result of the alert at the Spanish Madrid-Barajas airport, Ebola was one of the pressing topics to discuss.
Spanish participants reported on the current situation of health care workers in Spain where there were infections. They deplored the false accusation towards health care workers and the insufficient instructions and training on Ebola prevention. In this respect, CESI Secretary General Klaus Heeger and the Trade Council have set up demands and call upon the European Commission to urgently implement measures at European level in order to protect citizens and health care workers throughout the EU.
Members also discussed the issue of mobile workers in healthcare and their integration into local labour markets, stating that workers could benefit from trade union protection from the moment of their arrival in a host country. This topic is high on the agenda, as a result of significant cross border migration of health care workers, from countries such as Spain, who move to countries with a severe lack of health care staff like Germany.
Viorel Rotila from Eurofedop (Romania), presented the topic of accreditation, certification and evaluation and proposed a common procedure between member organisations interested in closer cooperation on the integration of healthcare staff.
The representativeness study for the European Social Dialogue committee Local and Regional Administrations was also in the centre of attention for participants, calling for workers in their area to be duly represented at the European level and be heard and integrated in the relevant institutions.
Furthermore, participants reported on the state of social dialogue in their respective countries. Special reports were given by Ulrich Silberbach, komba (Germany), George Martinov, Promyana (Bulgaria), Njegos Portezica, Eurofedop (Serbia) and Medini Sevinc, Bem-Bir-Sen (Turkey), who discussed the difficult situation of social partners during times of crisis.
The first joint meeting of both Trade Councils created new synergies between participants and is expected to be repeated in 2015.