Sectoral social dialogue
Social dialogue in this sector covers:
- wired, satellite and other telecommunications activities
- maintenance of the network.
In the EU, the telecommunications sector employs some 1.2 million people .
Liberalisation and technological change have transformed the telecommunications industry into a multi-faceted service sector comprising, for instance, voice and data transmission, internet and mobile services.
- innovation and increasing competition
- restructuring, which has led to a decline in overall employment and reduced the need for traditional skills, such as network maintenance and repair
- demand for new skills, such as computer and electronic engineering, marketing and finance.
The Committee is currently focusing on:
- health and safety: follow-up to the "Good Work – Good Health" guidelines
- skills and training: exploring the feasibility of a EU sector skills council; discussing future skills and training needs in the sector
- demography and the future of work
Activities and meetings
Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee
- "Good Work – Good Health" project and good practice guidelines on improving the mental wellbeing of workers in the telecommunications sector (2011)
- Diversity at work – Review of good corporate practices (2007)
- Musculoskeletal disorders – introduction and review of good working practices in telecommunications (2007)
- Joint statement on EC proposals revising the regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services (2007)
- Joint statement on the social and economic aspects of corporate social responsibility (2007)
- Good practice guidelines for the prevention of musculo-skeletal disorders within the telecommunications sector (2005)
See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).