Trade unions are recognised associations that are independent from the state and which defend workers’ interests, e.g. concerning salaries, working hours, working conditions, etc. Alongside the state and employers’ organisations, trade unions are one of the three actors in the “Luxembourg social model”. To achieve social peace, these three actors main ongoing institutionalised dialogue concerning the major economic and social issues of the country, often called “tripartite”.
Trade unions can also enter into collective employment agreements with companies or employers’ organisations. A collective agreement is a set of regulations applicable to employment contracts for defined sectors.
Persons who are members of a trade union may also enjoy services other than representation at the economic and political level, such as legal advice, lawyers, assistance in tax declarations, affiliation to death benefits office etc.
The principle of trade union freedom is enshrined in the Luxembourg constitution (article 11). Any person working in Luxembourg (including cross-border workers) can therefore join a trade union if he or she wishes.
The large trade unions generally also have offices in the wider region (Germany, Belgium and France – in the cities close to Luxembourg’s borders) in order to be more accessible to cross-border workers.
You will find below a list of Luxembourg trade unions:
• ALEBA – Luxembourg association of bank and insurance employees
• APESS – Association of secondary and higher education teachers and lecturers
• CGFP – General confederation of government employees
• FNCTTFEL – National federation of railway workers, transport workers, Luxembourg public sector workers and employees / “Landesverband”
• LCGB – Lëtzebuerger Chrëschtleche Gewerkschaftsbond
• OGBL – Onofhängege Gewerkschaftsbond Lëtzebuerg
• SEW – Education and sciences trade union
• SNE – National teachers’ trade union
• Syprolux – Professional trade union of Luxembourg railway workers
• FLTL – Luxembourg federation of book workers
• FieDEL – Independent federation of Dexia Luxembourg employees