|Employees' organisations||Employers' organisations|
|European Federation of Building and Woodworkers||Federation of European Furniture Manufacturers|
|European Furniture Industries Confederation|
In the EU, around 2.4 million people are employed in the furniture and woodworking sector.
The industry's strategy consists of transferring production of labour-intensive parts to the newest EU countries and candidate countries whilst maintaining the design, know-how, distribution and commercial aspects of business in the hands of EU-15 companies. This has enabled the sector to develop strong quality competitiveness.
The industry is a major player in the global market. However, this position has been declining recently under pressure from low labour-cost competitors, resulting in a fall in employment.
The Committee is currently focusing on:
Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.
See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).