Employment and industrial relations in the agricultural and rural contractor (ARC) sector

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15 January 2012
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15 January 2012
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Abstract

This study shows the main characteristics and specifics of the ARC sector in four European countries. The overall picture shows that the activities of contractors go beyond the agricultural and forestry sectors, into construction services or services to public authorities. The project also shows that special requirements for health and safety, education and training arise in this sector, due to the high degree of mechanisation and the use of high-tech equipment. At national level, the study shows that most of the time representation and social dialogue is not ARC-sector-specific. The ARC sector is predominantly covered by the social partner organisations of the agricultural industry. Collective agreements often overlap with the general agricultural sector, or they apply at company level. An executive summary is available - see Related content.
 

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    Reference No: 
    EF1179
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    Employment and industrial relations in the agricultural and rural contractor (ARC) sector

    This study shows the main characteristics and specifics of the ARC sector in four European countries. The overall picture shows that the activities of contractors go beyond the agricultural and forestry sectors, into construction services or services to public authorities. The project also shows that special requirements for health and safety, education and training arise in this sector, due to the high degree of mechanisation and the use of high-tech equipment. At national level, the study shows that most of the time representation and social dialogue is not ARC-sector-specific. The ARC sector is predominantly covered by the social partner organisations of the agricultural industry. Collective agreements often overlap with the general agricultural sector, or they apply at company level.

    Produced at the request of CEETTAR, with the support of EFFAT

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    EF11791
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    Employment and industrial relations in the agricultural and rural contractor (ARC) sector - Executive summary

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    Eurofound
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    Agricultural and rural contractors (ARCs) play a vital role in the European agricultural sector. Rapid changes in recent decades and the process of professionalisation and mechanisation in agriculture have resulted in a wide range of new production methods and an increased relevance of service providers. Consequently, ARCs have developed as a new profession, specialising in consulting and mechanised work. Read more in the report - see Related content.
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