Transnational Framework Agreements are a new industrial relations instrument that encourages the recognition of social partnership across national borders and could lead to new forms of social regulation at global level. The rationale for taking the initiative to negotiate such agreements can be traced back to the effects of the globalisation of production structures and human resource strategies. This report explores the recent phenomenon of transnational agreements, including both international agreements which have a global scope of application, and European agreements which have a more regional scope. An executive summary is available.
The European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC) of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, in cooperation with the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee of the Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Industries, commissioned a research project investigating the management of cyclical changes in the shipbuilding and ship repair industries in ten EU countries. The explicit objective of this research project was to provide the social partners with a point of reference for the handling of cyclical changes by compiling a comprehensive ‘tool box’ of different measures and best practices that have been applied in the ten countries investigated.