The Defence Trade Council gathers organisations from the defence sector, military and civilians, in Europe to discuss the working and living conditions of soldiers and civilians in Europe and in third countries.
Global challenges and modern warfare demand concerted action through a European Defence Strategy. The working and living conditions of European soldiers has undergone significant changes. The move towards an army of professionals means special attention needs to be paid to the social problems facing defence staff in all EU countries. Working conditions of the sector have to be improved targeting especially psychological restraints imposed, such as post-traumatic-stress-syndrome.
Klaus Heeger with the Board of the Defence Trade Council
CESI strives to establish full trade union rights for workers in the defence sector with the improvement of working conditions remaining a constant goal for the Trade Council.
In 2017, the Trade Council will focus on pooling and legitimising security measures in Europe (esp. in the context of the European defence union and the EU Defence action plan), raising awareness about implications of cuts in the defence budgets and improving working conditions and rights of civil and military employees of the defence sector.
Leadership of the Council
Policy Adviser, CESI General Secretariat