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  Confederation of Labour Podkrepa


 The Confederation of Labour Podkrepa is a voluntary association of trade union organizations, established on branch and territorial principle. Their members are Bulgarian citizens, united for the protection of their professional and social interests.  To 01.04.2008 Podkrepa CL has 157 250 members and also has regional structures in 36 cities and towns in Bulgaria. It is independent of all state and administrative bodies, employers, political parties and public organizations.

Podkrepa CL has as a goal and sphere of activity the protection of rights, dignity and professional and social interests of members and organizations, affiliated to the Confederation through:

• Ensuring people’s rights in the sphere of their professional activity, labour remuneration, social conditions, industrial safety and labour protection.
• Protecting the health and the material, public and cultural interests of its members and their family.
• Exercising influence on state social and economic policy making, aimed at improving prosperity and well-being and at fair distribution of national wealth on the basis of the principles of social partenership.

Important dates for Podkrepa CL:

- Podkrepa CL is founded on  8 February 1989 and Dr. Trenchev was elected as its first President.
- Since June 1991, Podkrepa CL is a full member of the Independent Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and its President Dr. Trenchev elected as ICFTU Vice-president.
- Since December 1995, Podkrepa CL is a member of the European Trade union Confederation (ETUC).
- On its 10th Congress held in Prague in 2003 Dr. Trenchev was elected ETUC Vice-president.
-  On its 12th Congress held in Athens, Greece this year,  Dr. Trenchev was re- elected ETUC Vice-president.

The organizational structure of the Confederation is built upon the principles of free association of autonomous branch organizations and regional unions. The structural units are obligatory structured upon professional (branch) and territorial (regional) principles.

Podkrepa CL disposes of 36 regional trade union organizations over the whole territory of the country, having its elected Presidents, vice-presidents and Executive bodies; 17 federations; 11 trade unions; 9 associated members.

Leadership and representative bodies of Podkrepa CL

A Congress of Delegates, convened every four years, is the supreme body of the Confederation.

The Confederative council is a supreme ruling body of the Confederation between two Congresses.

The standing collective body which manages and organizes the overall activity of the Confederation between the meetings of the Confederative council is the Executive Council. The President and Vice-president perform representative functions and express the will of the Confederative and the Executive Council. The Confederal secretaries are members of the Executive council and are responsible for the organization and the functioning of their departments. Podkrepa CL disposes with advisers on economic issues, privatization, labour legislation etc. The supreme control body of the Confederation is the central Control and Auditing Committee. There are also expert commissions which are established to the Executive Council, Confederative Council or central Control and Auditing Committee whenever is necessary.

During the last ten years Podkrepa CL has been participated in the following international projects:

• 1997 – Bulgarian Labor Market Needs – detailed study of the managers’ opinion under the “Made in Bulgaria” Fare.
• 1997 - Bulgarian Labor Market - detailed study, representative for the country, ordered and financed by the Institute of Economic, Bulgarian Academy of Science.
• 1997 – Non-institutional and self employment - detailed study, representative for the country, ordered and financed by the Institute for Market Economy.
• 1997 – Monitoring and evaluation of the EU Programme “Urgent Social Assistance for Bulgaria” as a subcontractor of Club “Economy 2000”.
• 1998 – Conference “Poverty and Living Standard in Bulgaria”, financed by “Fridrich Ebert” Foundation, “Open Society” Foundation, the World Bank, together with the Bulgarian Sociology Association.
• 1998 – Social evaluation of Pernik region ordered and financed by the World Bank.
• 1998-1999 – Plan for alternative employment creation in the mono-industrial coal mining region – municipality of Tvurditsa, Sliven region, financed by GIP-Inter, France with the assistance of the CFDT - France.
• 1999 - Alternative employment in restructuring the mono-industrial coal mining region - municipality of Tvurditsa, Sliven region, financed by the National Employment Service and Fund “Professional Qualification and Unemployment”.
• 2002 - Implementation of European standards/legislation and practice/ in facilitating social dialogue as a partner under PHARE ACCESS Programmed.
• 2001-2003 – Encouraging of the fundamental rights at work place and strengthening of the trade union activities–ILO Project, financed by the Germany government.
• 2004 – Project - Network creating for observation of trade union rights – ICFTU
• 2005 – Project with ST – Swedish Public servants Union about the statute and professional career of the public servants.
• 2006 – Project with CGIL - Italy about the Information & Consultations procedures.
• 2007 and 2010 – Projects with CISL Lombardy about the EWCs and the transposition of the Recast EWC Directive 39/2009.
• 2007 – 2008 EU Funded project on the preparation of Bulgarian representatives in the Information & Consultation bodies.
•  2009-2010 EU funded project on Raising Public Awareness National wide campaign fighting Poverty and Social Exclusion
• 2010 - Partnership project with CGIL Italy and CCOO Spain on the Right for strike in Europe
• 2010 – 2013 ESF funded project PODKREPA for Decent work

The Eight Statutory Congress of delegates of PODKREPA was held on February this year and at the Congress were approved 15 Resolutions,  reconfirming  our strong commitment to achieve three basic strategic goals, as follows:

• to promote the establishment of  sustainable state system and industrial recovering;
• to eendorse the respect of human dignity as leading moral principle for the Bulgarian civil society;
• to maintain and preserve the Bulgarian  citizens’ traditional spiritual, cultural and moral values.  

The 8th PODKREPA  Statutory Congress re-elected  Dr. Konstantin Trenchev for President and Eng. Dimitar Manolov for Vice-president.

This project has been funded with the financial support of the Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue Programme of the European Union - Directorate-Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.