The ECTUN (European Capitals Trade Unions Network) is the informal network of the trade union organisations based in the European capital cities and their regions.

The main objectives of the network are to enhance a regular exchange of information, contacts and of best practices, and establishing spaces for dialogue among the trade
union organisations of the capital cities and their regions:

  • to promote and defend solidarity, workers’ rights, the negotiation/bargaining systems
    in employment and welfare, fight against social dumping and inequalities, etc.;
  • developing actions and/or initiatives aimed at the promotion of the dignity of workers
    and more in general contributing to the improvement of workers’ and people’s quality
    of life in the areas of the capital cities.

Delegates appointed by the trade union organizations meet at an annual permanent
Conference coordinated by an organising committee composed of the union(s) based in the capital that hosted the Conference the current and previous year, and by the one(s) which
will host it the following.

Participants at the conference decide the location and topic(s) of the next conference. ECTUN and the organising committee will engage in reflecting the diversity of the trade
unions part of the network. All trade unions based in a European capital city – whose
national confederation is an affiliate of the ETUC and/or of the PERC – can participate in ECTUN conferences and become part of it after having participated at least once in a Conference. At the Conference, each time, Trade Unions from European Neighbourhood  Policy countries can be invited as observers.