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​The Solidarity Pact

 
1. Our objectives
Under the conditions of Economic and Monetary Union and facing the challenges of an integrated European labour market with still existing national social security systems, there is a strong wish on the part of the EMF and its affiliated organisations to increase the protection of and support for EMF union members across the borders of our countries. For that reason, the EMF affiliates have reached the following agreement.
2. Membership and services
When working abroad, a member of an EMF affiliated organisation has the right either to the services set out in the guidelines for the practical use of the EMF Solidarity Pact or the right to become a member of another EMF union in the host country. In the case of more than one year's employment abroad, the employee will be required to become a member of an EMF union in the host country in order to benefit from services. The time of membership in his/her home union should be recognised in relation to the provision of services. For cross-border workers, the trade unions involved can make their own agreements, which remain valid.
The fundamental principles of guest membership and other instruments for implementation of the EMF Solidarity Pact shall be the legislation in force and the rules of the individual trade union organisation.

3. Support
The EMF unions will support members of any EMF affiliated organisations in an appropriate way, by information, advice and legal consultation and assistance. They will try to give the best possible service concerning employment issues or similar labour market issues.

4. Companies setting up abroad
When a company sets up in another country, the EMF unions undertake to ensure that national regulations are complied with and developed with regard to legislation and collective agreements whilst respecting the standards laid down by the ILO conventions.

5. Disputes
Members of the EMF unions are entitled to assistance from other EMF unions in the event of disputes concerning terms of employment or similar labour market issues although reimbursement of any costs involved in such assistance has to be agreed in advance by the unions concerned on a case-by-case basis.
 
6. Strikes
Where strikes occur, the EMF specifies that the General Secretariat should be informed as quickly and comprehensively as possible. The General Secretariat shall do everything in its power to support the member organisations concerned and prevent strike-breaking measures in other countries - such as transfers of production/services, relocation of workers or other measures. The member organisations undertake to inform the workers in their country of strikes in other countries and to organise measures to prevent strike-breaking using all available means.

The EMF strongly recommends the affiliated organisations to find practicable solutions for the payment of strike benefits across borders on a bilateral or multilateral basis.

7. Evaluation
Evaluation of this agreement for the purposes of improving this contract shall take place on 1/7/2002.

Adopted by the EMF Executive Committee, 11th & 12th March 1999