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Fee presents concrete actions to strengthen the function of social companions at nationwide and EU stage

The Fee is presenting right this moment an initiative to strengthen and promote social dialogue by way of concrete actions to be taken at nationwide and European Union (EU) stage. It renews our agency dedication to social dialogue as a cornerstone of the EU’s social market financial system and its competitiveness. The initiative empowers social dialogue to adapt to the altering world of labor and new labor market traits, within the context of transitions to a digital and climate-neutral financial system and the emergence of latest types of employment.

Negotiations between organizations representing employers and employees (social companions) within the framework of social dialogue and collective bargaining contribute to bettering residing and dealing situations, reminiscent of remuneration, working hours, annual go away , parental go away, coaching and well being and security measures. Additionally they have an important function to play in adapting to altering financial and social situations and in attaining the productiveness beneficial properties which can be essential to strengthen the competitiveness of European companies. All of this helps to make sure social equity and democracy at work and to spice up Europe’s prosperity and resilience.

The social companions additionally play an important function in occasions of disaster or change. That is how, for instance, through the COVID-19 pandemic, they promptly participated within the group of occupational well being and security measures and short-time work schemes. The social companions additionally contribute to discovering balanced options to adapt the labor market to the digital age. Shut cooperation between employers and employees can be important to make sure the environment friendly group of business manufacturing actions and to equip the workforce with inexperienced and digital abilities.

Nevertheless, the diploma and high quality of social companion involvement varies significantly from nation to nation. On the identical time, commerce union membership and the share of employees coated by collective agreements at nationwide stage are lowering (from round 66% in 2000 to round 56% in 2019 on common within the EU). New types of employment reminiscent of platform work and sure teams reminiscent of younger persons are additionally much less prone to be represented, and sure sectors reminiscent of care are virtually solely absent from collective bargaining.

On this context, the Fee is proposing a Council Suggestion, which outlines how EU nations can strengthen social dialogue and collective bargaining at nationwide stage. The Fee can be presenting a communication on strengthening and selling social dialogue at EU stage. The social companions have been intently concerned within the improvement of those initiatives.

Allow social dialogue to flourish on the nationwide stage

The proposal for a Council Suggestion introduced by the Fee recommends that Member States:

  • of seek the advice of the social companions on the design and implementation of financial, social and employment insurance policies, in accordance with nationwide practices,
  • ofencourage social companions to look into the new types of atypical work and employment and to unfold broadly the achievements of social dialogue and any collective settlement put in place,
  • of allow capability constructing of employees’ and employers’ organizationsfor instance by guaranteeing them entry to related info and guaranteeing the help of nationwide governments.

The proposal for a Council Suggestion totally respects nationwide traditions in addition to the autonomy of the social companions. It permits Member States to find out one of the best ways to attain these targets, bearing in mind their explicit scenario.

Selling the function of social companions at EU stage

In an effort to promote the function of social companions in EU policy-making and to strengthen sectoral social dialogue at EU stage, the Fee proposes a set of measures geared toward:

  • strengthen the European sectoral social dialogue by modernizing its frameworkin shut cooperation with the EU social companions, by way of a attainable revision of the present guidelines,
  • proceed to advertise agreements between social companionsparticularly by offering them with administrative help and authorized recommendation,
  • strengthen the involvement of social companions within the improvement of EU insurance policiesfor instance by gathering the views of European cross-industry social companions on EU coverage priorities forward of the Fee’s work programme,
  • enhance the effectiveness of EU technical and monetary help to social companions. For instance, the Fee will arrange, in cooperation with the social companions, a analysis community for the monitoring and promotion of social dialogue within the EU.

Moreover, the Fee invitations the social companions to barter and conclude extra agreements between them and enhance membership and representativeness commerce unions and employers’ organisations.

The Fee can even proceed to promote social dialogue on the worldwide stage recurrently cooperating with the Worldwide Labor Group (ILO), the Group for Financial Co-operation and Improvement (OECD) and different organisations. The Fee encourages Member States to pursue the ratification and efficient implementation of ILO conventions.

Subsequent steps

The Fee will observe up, in shut cooperation with the social companions, the actions proposed at EU stage, listed within the communication.

Member States will study the proposal for a Council Suggestion introduced by the Fee with a view to its adoption by the Council. As soon as the proposal has been adopted, Member States will likely be invited to undergo the Fee a set of measures, mentioned with the social companions, to implement this advice. The appliance of the measures will likely be intently monitored within the framework of the European Semester.


Social dialogue and employee participation is a key precept of the European Pillar of Social Rights and an integral a part of Porto’s social dedication of 2021. The Fee introduced within the Motion Plan on the European Pillar of Social Rights that it’ll current an initiative to help social dialogue at EU and nationwide stage, as additionally underlined the President of the Fee, Mrs von der Leyenon the 2022 Tripartite Social Summit.

The Fee developed this initiative with the shut involvement of the social companions and exchanged views with the European Parliament, the European Financial and Social Committee and the Committee of the Areas. The social dialogue initiative, additionally talked about within the Fee Communication “Convention on the Way forward for Europe — Turning imaginative and prescient into concrete motion” of June 2022, makes a big contribution to the follow-up to the convention. The social dialogue initiative additionally contributes to the European 12 months of Expertise 2023 and the Inexperienced Deal industrial plan, as social companions play a key function in supporting abilities acquisition, profession transitions and EU competitiveness.

Statements by members of the School

Social dialogue is important to our future financial progress and the resilience of our economies. It performs an necessary function in preserving and strengthening the competitiveness of European companies, by growing productiveness, bettering working situations and equipping employees with the abilities wanted to achieve the ecological and digital transitions. There are additionally many examples the place social dialogue has helped to enhance the design of public insurance policies. The bundle introduced right this moment will help social dialogue in order that extra companies and employees throughout the European Union can profit from financial and social progress.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Govt Vice President for an Economic system that Works for Folks – 01/25/2023

Day-after-day throughout Europe, representatives of employers and employees come collectively to agree on key parts of our working situations reminiscent of pay, hours and well being and security measures. Social dialogue is a basic function of our European social market financial system, however union membership is declining and lots of sectors, reminiscent of care or working by way of a platform, don’t take part in collective bargaining. To make sure that Europe stays aggressive and inclusive, we want robust social dialogue and powerful social companions.

Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights – 01/25/2023

To know extra

Proposal for a Council Suggestion on strengthening social dialogue within the European Union

Communication entitled “Strengthening social dialogue within the European Union: unleashing its full potential for simply transitions”

Questions and solutions: strengthening social dialogue

European 12 months of Expertise 2023

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