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Sectoral social dialogue - Private security

Social partners

Workers' organisations Employers' organisations
UNI Europa European Confederation of Security Services (CoESS)

Social dialogue in this sector covers activities defined by NACE (Rev. 2) code 80.1 and 80.2:

  • private security services
  • security systems activities

In the EU, the private security sector employs some 2.2 million people (1.1 % of the EU workforce).

The sector is growing due to increased outsourcing of security services by public authorities and large corporations.

There is also more demand for security services at sea and airports, and from private clients.

However, cash-in-transit activities (where workers transport banknotes, coins, credit cards, etc. in vehicles or on foot) are declining as a result of the rise in electronic transactions and the introduction of the euro.

Key areas

The committee is currently focusing on:

  • promoting quality criteria in tendering processes
  • tackling undeclared work and social dumping
  • the cross-border transport of securities
  • cash in transit
  • health and safety
  • modernising work organisation

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.

Recent achievements

  • Online Interactive Risk-Assessment tool for Private Security (OiRA)
  • 2014 - A manual for Buying quality private security services
  • 2014 - Joint statement on public procurement
  • 2012 - Joint position on the revision of the public procurement Directive
  • 2010 - Work leading towards a European autonomous agreement on the content of initial training for staff carrying out professional cross-border transportation of euro cash
  • 2009 - Joint statement to Expert Group on cross border transport of the euro cash
  • 2008 - Joint declaration by CoESS and UNI-Europa on work-related stress
  • 2008 - Joint declaration "Towards responsible awarding of contracts"