TUAC's day to day work involves meeting with the OECD Secretariat,
Committees and Member governments to appraise them of the views of the
trade union movement on the issues on the OECD's agenda. At the same time
TUAC briefs affiliates on a regular basis on the work under way in the
OECD, coordinates policy statements on major areas of interest and evaluates
the outcome of OECD meetings and publications. The TUAC secretariat are
frequently called on to make presentations to meetings or Congresses of
affiliates and other international trade union organisations. This process
enables the trade union movement to have access to the intergovernmental
policy debate and at the same time allows policy makers to have dialogue
with the Social Partners. Given the growing impact of globalisation on
working people and their families and the realisation of the need for participatory
strategies by governments for all the stakeholders in market based economies,
this dialogue is more important than ever.
The formal decision making body within TUAC is the Plenary Session,
which meets twice a year (April/May and November/December). All TUAC affiliates
and the representatives of the international trade union organisations
are invited to attend, and normally around fifty union Presidents or General
Secretaries, International Secretaries and Economic or Research heads attend.
The Plenary Session discusses and approves major policy statements, discusses
the work programme and priorities, it also sets a budget and affiliation
fees and elects TUAC Officers.
The Plenary also elects an Administrative Committee which is in charge
of overseeing the administration of TUAC. At the moment it consists of
the following organisations: DGB, Germany; CLC, Canada; TUC, United Kingdom;
AFL-CIO, United States; FO and CFDT, France; CGIL, Italy; RENGO, Japan;
ÖGB, Austria; TCO, Sweden and CSC, Belgium together with the President,
the Vice-Presidents and the General Secretary.
The Officers are elected for four year renewable terms. Currently the
President of TUAC is John Sweeney, President of the AFL-CIO (USA). The
Vice-Presidents are Luc Cortebeeck, President of Belgian Confederation
of Christian Trade Unions (CSC-Belgium);
Tine Aurvig Huggenberger LO-D. The General Secretary is John Evans.
In addition to the General Secretary the TUAC Secretariat consists
of Senior Policy Advisors - Roland Schneider, Lucien
Royer, Veronica Nilsson and Pierre Habbard, an Policy Assistant, Anabella
an Administrative and Financial Assistant - Michelle Vedel, and
two Secretaries - Pierre Benielli and Brigitte Pomel.
Working Groups exist on Economic Policy, on Global Trade and Investment,
and on Education, Training and Labour Market Policy. The Working Groups
prepare TUAC positions for both the Plenary Session and for consultations
with the OECD. They are open to all affiliates, the international organisations
and TUAC "partner" organisations in Central and Eastern Europe. In addition
a range of ad hoc meetings are held under specific areas being considered
by the OECD.
TUAC normally has consultations with the Bureaux of OECD Ministerial
meetings where statements are submitted. Trade union presentations are
also made to the OECD in the course of consultations with different OECD
Committees. There is also an annual meeting with the OECD Liaison Committee
for Non-Governmental Organisations, which is made up of members of the
OECD Council. TUAC representatives now also participate in some OECD Committees
or Working Groups as active observers. On average some four hundred trade
union representatives take part each year in different TUAC and OECD meetings
mostly at OECD headquarters in Paris.
There is also an OECD Labour/Management Programme, partially financed
by the OECD, which serves as a forum for preconsultations between trade
union and management experts on matters that eventually come up in the
OECD's programme of work. Meetings in 2003 included a major initiative
with African trade unions on the NEPAD.
TUAC also organises on a regular basis conferences with affiliates and
other trade union bodies in OECD countries reports are usually presented
For more information on current TUAC work click on Priorities.