Industrial relations

Exploring the connections between EU- and national-level social dialogue

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13 July 2018
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13 July 2018
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Abstract

The study looks at the articulation and the complex multi-level links between European and national levels of social dialogue. It examines the factors that facilitate as well as those that hinder the successful engagement of national social partners and their ability to promote their own interests effectively. It highlights the need to overcome some gaps in coordination, resources and capacities, particularly in those countries with underdeveloped structures of bilateral social dialogue at sectoral level linking to European-level social dialogue. The findings show that what is needed is a longer-term perspective on the multi-level governance of employment within the EU, one that would foster institution-building within sectoral social dialogue. Based on case studies and interviews with trade unions and employer organisations, the study illustrates that well-functioning national social dialogue is a key driver of positive and effective cooperation between all levels. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

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Industrial Relations: Sectoral social dialogue case studies (wpef18061 - 16/08/2018)

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    76
    Reference No: 
    EF18030
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1663-5
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-01-18-601-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/51432
    Catalogue info

    Exploring the connections between EU- and national-level social dialogue

    The study looks at the articulation and the complex multi-level links between European and national levels of social dialogue. It examines the factors that facilitate as well as those that hinder the successful engagement of national social partners and their ability to promote their own interests effectively.

    Available formats

  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF180301
    Catalogue info

    Exploring the connections between EU- and national-level social dialogue - Executive summary

    The study explores the horizontal cross-industry articulation of social dialogue at EU level, as well as the vertical articulation of sectoral social dialogue in seven individual sectors: construction, tanning and leather, chemicals, food and drink, local and regional government, railways, and commerce. These sectors were chosen as they reflect a varied range of sectors: those exposed to EU regulation, those exposed to competition, those undergoing high levels of restructuring, and those with different social dialogue structures and traditions. Read the full report - see Related content.

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