[email protected]: Covid-19 and the future of work – What lessons for interest representation and trade unions?

October 7 will see the next [email protected], which will be held together with the Bertelsmann Stiftung, this time on ‘Covid-19 and the future of work – What lessons for interest representation and trade unions?’ Registration to the event is now open.

The European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung invite you to the next [email protected] on

Covid-19 and the future of work: What lessons for interest representation and trade unions?

Wednesday, October 7 2020; 11.30 to 12.30
online (via Zoom)


At a speed that was hardly imaginable before, the COVID-19 pandemic has catalysed already ongoing changes in labour markets, employment relationships and working conditions.

Mobile and home working became the new norm from one day to another, making it necessary to cope with, adjust to, and proactively shape changes in an even more urgent manner.

What are the lessons so far from COVID-19 for trade unions and trade unionism? How have unions fared so far? How can they embrace and actively shape the consequences of the pandemic in terms of  digitalisation, ecological transitions and mobile and home working even more?

Do the consequences of the last months highlight the trade union’s relevance their and attractiveness for workers? How do they need to review their services to respond to new labour market realities and potentially new workers expectations and needs?


Gabriele Bischoff, MdEP, European Parliament, Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Javier Jordán de Urríes Sagarna, Justice Sector President, Spanish Central Independent and Public Employees’ Trade Union (CSIF)
Ricardo Rodriguez, Research Officer, European Foundation of the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)
Denis Pennel, Managing Director, World Employment Confederation (WEC)

Moderators: Klaus Heeger, Secretary General, CESI; Birgit Wintermann, Programme Manager ‘Business in Society’, Bertelsmann Stiftung