BWI Innovative Unionism Conference for Pan-Europe: Union Power in Workplace and Beyond


04-05 October 2018

Point Hotel Taksim

Istanbul, Turkey


Dear Colleague,

The Building and Wood Workers’ International, in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Union to Union, has the pleasure to invite a representative of your Union to participate at the BWI Innovative Unionism Conference for Pan -Europe: “Union Power in Workplaces and Beyond”, to be held on 04 – 05 October 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The BWI committed itself to establish strong, independent, autonomous, gender-fair and democratic trade unions in all countries. These goals were reaffirmed at the recent 4th BWI World Congress, held in Durban, South Africa and reflected in the 2018-2021 BWI Strategic Plan. 

The innovative unionism process for Pan Europe was held in 2015 and it is time to return to the Region the discussions and generate the specific action plans and commitments and further enhance our work on protection of workers and trade union rights against the background of new approaches and tactics of employers and government policies.

The proposed BWI Innovative Unionism Conference is aimed to further develop from the achievements of the Global Forum on Innovative Unionism and the 4th BWI World Congress and to discuss and make inputs to a four-year regional work plan to implement the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan.

The conference will gather trade union leaders, organizers, and activists, and young women and men throughout Pan Europe.

We hope that your union’s representative at the conference will be taking forward innovative approaches and activities in building union power in work places and beyond in your union and continually contribute to the BWI work in the region.

The Conference will take place at POINT HOTEL TAKSIM, which is located at Topçu Caddesi No:2 Taksim, İstanbul, Turkey.

The working languages will be English, Turkish, Russian and S/C/B. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the event.

The conference will start on 4 October (Thursday) 2018 at 9:00 am and finish on 5 October (Friday) 2018 at 05:30 pm. Participants are expected to arrive on 3 October (Wednesday) 2018 and leave at the conclusion of the meeting (5.10. evening or 6.10). Airport transfer from and to the Istanbul Ataturk Airport to the hotel will be organized.

Please click the link below to download the program of the Conference.

Innovative Unionism - Istanbul 4-5 October_ Program.pdf

I look forward to welcoming you in the conference in Istanbul.


Yours in Solidarity,                                         



Albert Emilio Yuson

BWI General Secretary


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