New topics, new tools and innovative practices adopted by the social partners

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12 July 2016
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12 July 2016
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Social dialogue still matters in Europe. Recent EU-level policy debates have highlighted that, particularly since the 2008 crisis, the emergence of new debates on social justice, democracy, the quality of work and new models for labour relations have been challenging traditional industrial relations and social dialogue systems. The main objective of this comparative study is to gather information on how social partners in the EU28 and Norway have responded to the many new political, legal and social challenges that have arisen in recent years. The report looks at the way social partners are exploring new topics and new tools, and developing innovative approaches. At least two different types of new topics can be identified: those that are new from an EU-wide perspective (such as climate change) and those that are new only for some Member States (such as gender equality). The study examines the practices of the social partners at cross-sectoral, sectoral and national level, covering 2000–2014. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

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    Number of Pages: 
    82
    Reference No: 
    EF1619
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1540-9
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-02-16-411-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/96912
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    New topics, new tools and innovative practices adopted by the social partners

    Social dialogue still matters in Europe. Recent EU-level policy debates have highlighted that, particularly since the 2008 crisis, the emergence of new debates on social justice, democracy, the quality of work and new models for labour relations have been challenging traditional industrial relations and social dialogue systems. The main objective of this comparative study is to gather information on how social partners in the EU28 and Norway have responded to the many new political, legal and social challenges that have arisen in recent years.

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    Reference No: 
    EF16191
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    New topics, new tools and innovative practices adopted by the social partners - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    The main objective of this comparative study was to gather information on how social partner organisations across the European Union introduce and use new topics and innovative approaches, tools and practices. It focuses on the responses explored by the two sides of industry to address various challenges and needs emerging in working life. The scope of the study is limited to the practices of the social partners at cross-sectoral, sectoral and national level between 2000 and 2014. Building on a literature review of research by Eurofound and others, the study draws on information and analysis provided by Eurofound’s Network of European correspondents across the EU and Norway. Read more in the report - see Related content.

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