EMCEF today organises 2.5 million workers in 35 countries and 130 national trade unions. EMCEF organises both blue and white-collar workers.
Some of our main objectives: Safeguard economic, social, environmental and cultural interests; Enhance relations between affiliated organisations; Promote contacts, relations and negotiations with employers; Follow the European Treaties; Promote equal opportunities regardless of gender, race or creed; Harmonise collective bargaining and industrial relations policies; Provide relevant data, information and services
EMCEF organises members in a wide range of industrial areas: Energy - Mines - Chemical - Pharmaceutical - Rubber - Plastics - Glass - Pulp and Paper Sectoral Committees deal with industrial, technical and legal matters relevant for these industries.
EMCEF has 4 statutory committees: Collective Bargaining, European Works Council, Industrial Relations (incl. Environment, Health and Safety, Social Dialogue
EMCEF has a long-standing record in creating and co-ordinating European Works Councils. With more than 200 EWCs in all its sectors. EMCEF has been extremely active in shaping one important element of the European social dialogue.
The final report reflects the outcome of the deliberations of the High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the Chemicals Industry in the European Union chaired by Commission Vice-President Verheugen which was set up with Commission Decision 2007/418/EC of 14 June 2007 to address issues that determine the competitiveness of the Community chemicals industry.
A second demonstration of the workers in the Glass and Ceramics industry has taken place in Prague on 2 March, in which 600 people took part. This demonstration was in order to push for changes in social legislation.