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Sectoral social dialogue - Steel

Social partners

Employees' organisations Employers' organisations
industriAll European Trade Union European Steel Association (Eurofer)

Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • the manufacture of basic iron, steel and ferro-alloys.

In the EU, the steel sector employs some 363,000 people (0.2 % of the EU workforce) – only one third of the number employed in 1970 (1 million employees).

Steel is the world's most commonly used material, with an annual consumption of over one million tonnes. The EU accounts for 18% of world production.

Focus areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • contributing to the global competitiveness of the European steel industry
  • fostering a high level of employment with high quality jobs
  • climate change and industrial policy.

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.


  • Joint opinion on climate change policy (2010)
  • Joint opinion on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (2008)

See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).


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