The concept of representativeness at national, international and European level

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19 December 2016
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Abstract

The representativeness of social partners provides legitimacy for their various roles in industrial relations, whether through the vehicle of social dialogue, collective bargaining or involvement in government policymaking or implementation. This report compares the different ways in which the representativeness of social partners is defined at national, European and international levels. It shows that representativeness has various meanings across the 28 Member States and Norway, with most countries featuring a combination of legal conformity and mutual recognition. Based on information provided by national correspondents in the 28 EU Member States and Norway, the report analyses the concept of representativeness at national level by reviewing key elements such as electoral success, organisational strength in terms of membership, and the capacity to negotiate. The final section turns to the methodology used by Eurofound to assess representativeness since 1996 and raises the question as to whether this approach should be refined or modified after 10 years of application. An executive summary is also available - see Related content.

See also: Annexes: Survey questionnaire - Tables - Figures

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    82
    Reference No: 
    EF1644
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1556-0
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-06-16-037-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/517612
    Catalogue info

    The concept of representativeness at national, international and European level

    The representativeness of social partners provides legitimacy for their various roles in industrial relations, whether through the vehicle of social dialogue, collective bargaining or involvement in government policymaking or implementation. This report compares the different ways in which the representativeness of social partners is defined at national, European and international levels.

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  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF16441
    Catalogue info

    O conceito de representatividade a nível nacional, internacional e europeu

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    A representatividade dos parceiros sociais confere legitimidade aos diversos papéis que assumem nas relações laborais, seja através do diálogo social, da negociação coletiva ou do envolvimento na formulação da política governamental ou da aplicação. O presente relatório compara as diferentes definições da representatividade dos parceiros sociais a nível nacional, europeu e internacional e demonstra que a representatividade possui vários significados nos 28 Estados Membros e na Noruega, apresentando a maioria dos países uma combinação entre conformidade jurídica e reconhecimento mútuo. Com base nas informações prestadas pelos correspondentes nacionais nos 28 Estados Membros e na Noruega, o relatório analisa o conceito de representatividade a nível nacional, revendo elementos fundamentais como sucesso eleitoral, poder organizacional em termos de adesão e capacidade negocial. A parte final trata a metodologia usada pelo Eurofound para avaliar a representatividade desde 1996 e questiona se esta abordagem deveria ser aperfeiçoada ou alterada após 10 anos de prática.

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