|Employees' organisations||Employers' organisations|
|industriAll European Trade Union||European Confederation of the Footwear Industry|
Social dialogue in this sector covers:
In 2011 the footwear sector employed more than 270.000 people.
The sector consists mainly of networks of micro and small enterprises. Companies with more than 500 employees account for less than 15% of the workforce.
The EU's competitive advantages lie in the high quality of production in technical, design and fashion-related terms and the development of sought-after brands with a strong image.
The footwear sector is being restructured due to the globalisation of markets, deregulation, trade liberalisation and technological change. There has been an sharp decline in the number of firms, and consequently also the number of jobs in the industry.
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).