Skip to content
Historical Archives of the European Union

50 Years of European Workers' Struggle: The ETUC Audiovisual Collection

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the Historical Archives of the European Union has published an online exhibition highlighting materials from the ETUC collection.

19 January 2024


The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2023. In its five decades of activity, the organisation has grown to include more than 90 national trade union confederations from more than 40 countries. ETUC’s audiovisual archives, comprised of more than 5500 audiovisual items, was transferred to the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) in 2022, and made available for consultation in 2023.

The new online exhibition explores pivotal moments in ETUC's history, shedding light on its crucial role in defending and improving working conditions, social rights, solidarity, and protection for European workers. It collects visual testimonies capturing significant events from ETUC's history, including demonstrations, congresses, conferences, official visits, and meetings spanning the period around 1979 to 2009.

Browse the full ETUC collection in the HAEU’s multimedia portal.


Photo: Euro-demonstration “Europe that’s us!”, Brussels, 13/12/2001, photographer unknown. (HAEU ETUC-52-I.49)

Last update: 19 January 2024

Go back to top of the page