As the experiences of other European countries have shown, the gender pay gap is smaller in countries with well developed collective bargaining between emplyers and employees. Trade unions can support their members in wage negotiations, improving working conditions and reconciling family and work life, contributing this way to the gender equality in working environment and working conditions. Thus, trade unions have an important role in decreasing the gender pay gap, which is the highest in Estonia among EU countries. Currently, the awareness about gender equality and gender pay gap is low among employers and also employee representatives in Estonia.
This project aims at improving the situation. In cooperation with the Estonian Trade Unions Confederation (EAKL), training seminars for the leaders and active members of Estonian trade unions will be created and offered during the project. In addition, guiding materials for trade unions will be developed so that the information will be available for all.