Confederal Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
Esther Lynch was elected as ETUC Confederal Secretary at the Paris Congress in 2015. Before joining the ETUC, she was the legislation and social affairs officer of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). Esther represented the ICTU on the Board of the Health and Safety Authority, the European Commission’s advisory committee on the free movement of workers and in the ILO and on ETUC committees and working groups. She is a member of the International Centre for Trade Union Rights.
Super Safety Reps and the Future of Work
Summary of Presentation:
The most effective tool that to ensure good health and safety at work is work place health and safety committees. But despite the overwhelming evidence that consultation saves lives and prevents injuries many employers do not consult with their workforce. In this presentation Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary with the European Trade Union Confederation will argue that in the current and future world of work, health and safety will only be effectively secured if workers and their trade union safety reps have the right to legal tools at their disposal. She will outline how EU legislation on safety, health and welfare has to respond to emerging risks and in particular how it can be amended to promote greater and more effective worker and trade union involvement.