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Sectoral social dialogue - Extractive industries

Social partners

Workers' representatives Employers' representatives
industriAll European Trade Union European Association of Mining Industries (Euromines)
  European Association for Coal and Lignite (EURACOAL)
  European Industrial Minerals Association (IMA Europe)
  UEPG - European Aggregates Association
  APEP - European Association of Potash Producers

Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • mining of hard coal, lignite, iron and non-ferrous metal ores, and minerals
  • extraction of peat and salt
  • other mining and quarrying and support activities.

The activities covered in this sector are mostly those defined by NACE (Rev. 2) codes 05 (Mining of coal and lignite), 07 (Mining of metal ores), 08 (Other mining and quarrying) and 09 (Mining support service activities). The extractive industry covers both energy and non-energy raw materials, but excludes the extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas.

In the EU, the sector employs approximately 740,000 people (2013), employed in some 19,000 enterprises.

Priorities of the Committee  include health and safety, skills and competences, exposure limits of NO/ NO2/CO, climate change and the resulting obligation to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and environmental management, raw materials as well as attracting young people for the sector. Significant job losses in the EU resulted from Economic crisis and decline production, as well as coalmine closures in Europe and international competition.

Areas of activities and projects

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • restructuring the different types of the sector and re-skilling of workforce,
  • health and safety (sharing of useful practices, implementation of training programs etc.), Risk prevention (assessment and prevention)
  • roadmap on training, education and life-long learning,
  • monitoring the implementation of the energy union strategy, CCS directive, Raw Materials Initiative and European Innovation Partnership (EIP) as well as Circular Economy Package,
  • implementation of the social dialogue in new Member States
  • working group “Heavy Industries” is working on a European standardized catalogue for occupations of the sector .

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.

Recent achievements

  • Joint reaction to the 2030 climate and energy package (2014)
  • Joint opinion on the draft recommendations of the SCOEL for occupational exposure limits on the workplace for NO2 and NO (2014)
  • Joint position on ETS back loading (2013)
  • Joint statement on the future improvement of the working conditions and occupational health of employees (2012)
  • Budapest III joint declaration on Coal Policy (2012)
  • Joint position – Reinhard Butikofer report (2011)
  • project on “Recognising trends in accident causes and promoting relevant guidelines and best practices” (2009)

See also a brochure "A new start for social dialogue" (21.5.2015) and/or Chapter 5 of Industrial Relations in Europe 2014 (4.3.2015).