EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Builders’ Social House

Romania
Phase: Management
Тип:
  • Income support for workers
  • Matching/Networking
  • Training
  • Working time flexibility
Last modified: 03 August, 2021
Native name:

Casa Socială a Constructorilor (CASOC)

English name:

Builders’ Social House

Coverage/Eligibility

This instrument is available to companies from the construction sector that are members of Builders’ Social House and have contributed with 1.5% of their turnover and 1% of the gross base monthly salary of employees to the social protection fund.

Main characteristics

According to article 3, paragraph 1 of Law 215/1997, the Builders’ Social House has as main objective to ensure the protection of employees in the sector of construction and building materials' production during the interruption of work due to adverse weather conditions (1 November - 31 March). This provides social protection over the coldest period of the year; during this time, even if work does not take place, employees keep their jobs and their income is ensured from the funds of the Builders' Social House.

Support is provided to workers who have an employment contract with the member companies. The monthly social protection benefit is 75% of the average monthly base salary of the prior three months, and is paid for no more than 90 calendar days.

Moreover, Builders' Social House is also involved in activities such as assessment and placement of construction workers and provision of training to workers of the sector. Nonetheless, these training activities are more incidental to the principal object of the instrument.

Funding

  • Employees
  • Companies

Involved actors

Employer or employee organisations
The representative trade unions and employer organisations from the construction sector set up the Builders’ Social House.
Other
The social protection fund is created from the contributions of the member companies (1.5% of turnover) and of the employees (1% of their gross base monthly salary). The fund is managed by the Builders’ Social House.

Effectiveness

Since its foundation, the Builders’ Social House publishes Activity Reports annually, and is subject to audit by tax authorities.

According to these reports, the Builders' Social House paid RON 26.08 million (€5.79 million) in 2015, assisting 21,519 persons. The average amount used for social protection was RON 1,211.95 (€270) per employee. However, the amount increased by 122% in 2017, reaching RON 1,476 (€320). As provided in the Builders’ Social House Activity Report for 2017, the number of beneficiaries has increased by 128% in the last two years, reaching 27,476 people in total. Moreover, compared with 2015, the allocated amount for assistance has also increased by 155%, reaching RON 40.55 million (€8.770 million), from which more than 40% were public funds (RON 17.4 million or €3.73 million). As for 2018, according to the provided report, the Builders' Social House paid RON 38.53 million (€8.02 million)  and assisted 25,304 workers. Compared to 2017, the number of beneficiaries has decreased by 2,172 workers.

Strengths

The Builders' Social House (CASOC) provides social protection to member companies' employees during the cold season (from 1 November to 31 March). These services have been provided without interruption since 1998.

In addition, the Builders' Social House also provides training activities for workers in the construction industry. 

Weaknesses

Activity reports show that some training courses have been carried out as part of the measure, but the number of employment contracts actually concluded as a result of such courses is hardly impressive (38 in 2015 and in 2018), as stated in the Builders' Social House Report from 2015, and 2018 respectively.

Examples

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