In 2001, BITS and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) have signed a collaboration agreement which synthesizes their common history, states a few reasons why this collaboration should be renewed and defines particular areas of collaboration.
After obtaining the right to Holidays with Pay, the trade unions have been, directly or indirectly, at the base of a number of realizations in the field of tourism. They have always supported different initiatives of legislative character in favor of social tourism. The collaboration between the Trade Union Movement and the social tourism sector has been effective for over half a century.
Arguments for renewal of this collaboration:
Despite all the accomplished projects, there are still a great number of Europeans who never go on holidays. The access to holidays remains the vocation of social tourism and this latter continues to be an irreplaceable factor of integration and social cohesion. Tourism also constitutes an economic sector that employs a lot of manpower rather than mechanized structures and touristic activity generates a large number of direct jobs but also indirect jobs. Finally, we can say the social tourism forms an active component of social economy and that it constitutes a solid reference point for collaboration and partnerships with NGOs and cooperative societies working in the field of tourism.
ETUC and BITS agree to put in place a profound collaboration on the following points:
- establishing a reference document for Social Tourism in Europe
- a joint declaration inviting the European institutions and the European Commission to grant renewed attention to this sector, seen its importance in matter of job creation, integration and social cohesion is fundamental
- the development of relations between BITS (CETS section) and the Economic and Social Committee as well as a profound collaboration with the Group II (Workers).
- The identification of organizations, non-members of BITS, working in the field of social tourism in Europe
- The mutual support for each other’s activities as well as the promotion of joint projects or activities.