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Do the trade unions engage in specific activities recruiting or supporting/defending the rights of migrants groups?

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30/01/2012 - 18:57
Short Answer

Some trade-unions state that they support migrant workers.

Qualitative Info

The National Trade-Union Block states on its website that it offers assistance and counseling services for immigrant workers in Romania for labour purposes, regardless of whether they are members of the trade-union or not, if they encounter work-related problems. [1] Also, the Confederation has implemented, in partnership with the NGO ARCA – Romanian Forum for Refugees and Migrants a project called Union representation for immigrant workers in Romania. [2]

According to media articles, at the end of 2010, Cartel Alfa National Trade-Union Confederation asked decision makers that Romania ratify the UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, invoking the fact that the economic crisis has seriously affected migrants and their low level of protection. Speaking in general, the trade-union confederation also invoked racist and xenophobic attacks against the migrants in the countries where they live. [3] As of February 2013, Romania has neither signed, nor ratified the Convention. [4]



1. National Trade-Union Block website available at: (Accessed on 30.01.2012)

2. Union representation for immigrant workers in Romania project presentation available at: (Accessed on 30.01.2012) and project website:!ut/p/b1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfGjzOLdjFwC3b3dDQ3cLcwNDDx9vdxdvZ1djQwMTYEKIoEKDHAARwNC-sP1o8BKTPxCjY1C3UKDA_2MXA08TYMNLYMCQw1MXM2gCvBY4eeRn5uqX5AbYZBl4qgIANFkGfo!/dl4/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/ (accessed at: 25.02.2013)

3. Oana Craciun, “Trade-unionists are asking for the ratification of the UN Convention for the protection of migrants / Sindicalistii cer ratificarea Conventiei ONU pentru protectia emigrantilor” in Evenimentul Zilei, 22 December, 2010, available at: (Accessed on 30.01.2012)

4. See Status of Ratifications of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, UN Treaty Collection website, available at: (Accessed on 25.02.2013)

Groups affected/interested Migrants
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Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Employment - labour market
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