EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Representativeness of the European social partner organisations: Chemical sector

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  • Observatory: EurWORK
  • Topic:
  • Social partners,
  • Representativeness,
  • Industrial relations,
  • Date of Publication: 28 November 2014



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Author:
Pablo Sanz de Miguel
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This study provides information aimed at encouraging sectoral social dialogue in the chemical sector. The study is divided into three parts: a summary of the sector’s economic and employment background; an analysis of the social partner organisations in all EU Member States, with emphasis on their membership, their role in collective bargaining, social dialogue and public policy and their national and European affiliations; and finally an analysis of the relevant European organisations, particularly their membership composition and their capacity to negotiate. The aim of Eurofound’s series of representativeness studies is to identify the relevant national and supranational social partner organisations in the field of industrial relations in selected sectors. The impetus for these studies arises from the goal of the European Commission to recognise the representative social partner organisations to be consulted under the provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

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Objectives of the study

The aims of this representativeness study are to:

  • identify the relevant national and supranational social actors – that is, the trade unions and employer organisations – in the field of industrial relations in the chemical sector;
  • show how these actors relate to the sector’s European interest associations of labour and business.

The impetus for this study, and for similar studies in other sectors, arises from the aim of the European Commission to identify the representative social partner associations to be consulted under the provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Hence, this study seeks to provide the basic information needed to set up sectoral social dialogue. The effectiveness of the European social dialogue depends on whether its participants are sufficiently representative in terms of the sector’s relevant national actors across the EU Member States. Only European associations that meet this precondition will be admitted to the European social dialogue.

Concept and methodology

To accomplish these aims, the study identifies the relevant national social partner organisations in the chemical sector, via a top-down approach (listing the members of the European affiliations) and a bottom-up approach Eurofound’s network of national-level correspondents in the EurWORK observatory.
This involves clarifying the unit of analysis at both the national and European level of interest representation. The study includes only organisations whose membership domain is ‘sector-related’.
The study follows the conceptual and methodological approach of the Eurofound’s series of representativeness studies.
A European association is considered a relevant sector-related interest association if:

  • it is on the European Commission’s list of interest organisations to be consulted on behalf of the sector under Article 154 of the TFEU;
  • and/or it participates in the sector-related European social dialogue;
  • and/or it has requested to be consulted under Article 154 of the TFEU.
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