Global Deal Annual High-Level Social Dialogue Forum


Oliver Roethig

UNI Europa

Regional Secretary


Oliver Roethig heads UNI Europa, the European service workers union with 7 million members, as its Regional Secretary, first elected in 2011. He is a member of the Executive Committee and former Vice-President of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) as well as of the Management Committee of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) since 2011. He also sits on the Executive Board of UNI Global Union, which represents 20 million workers. He was a member of the governing body of the EU’s digital skills and jobs coalition (2018-2021) as well as of the European Commission’s high-level working group on business services (2013-2014). He was Vice-President of Finance Watch, the European NGO representing non-industry interests and championing fair financial markets from 2012 to 2014 (before a board member starting in 2011). From 2003 to April 2011, Oliver Roethig was Head of UNI Finance, the global union for the banking and insurance industry. As part of his global remit, he coordinated activities of finance unions within the context of the G20. From 1998 to 2002, he was policy officer for the European regional organisation of FIET (now UNI Europa), with particular responsibility for European Companies (SEs) as well as professional and managerial staff issues; he was also in charge of the youth structure of UNI Global Union worldwide. From 1998 to 2001, he was executive officer of Eurocadres, the European trade union organisation of professional and managers. Born in Essen/Germany, Oliver Roethig studied political science, industrial relations, history and law at the universities of Bonn and Aberdeen as well as the London School of Economics where he graduated with a master degree in European Studies.

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