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The Social Europe guide is a bi-annual publication aimed at providing an interested but not necessarily specialised audience with a concise overview of specific areas of EU policy in the field of employment, social affairs and inclusion. It illustrates the key issues and challenges,, explains policy actions and instruments at EU level and provides examples of best practices from EU Member States. It also presents views on the subject from the Council Presidency and the European Parliament. The second volume in this series describes the history, workings and accomplishments of social dialogue at EU level. Negotiations, consultations and exchanges of information among organisations representing employers and workers (the social partners) and public authorities are an essential element of the European social model and play a key role in defining and implementing EU economic, employment and social policy as well as sectoral policies. The volume also looks at how social dialogue has evolved at the level of individual Member States in response to the economic crisis. The guide is available in printed format in English, French and German.
Social partners play a vital role in shaping European social policy and the European Commission consults them extensively. This brochure gives an overview of the social partners’ contribution to EU integration before setting out how this consultation works. It looks at consultations related to legislative proposals and those aimed at supporting EU policies. In addition, it addresses the topic of Impact Assessment. Lists of publications, websites and social partner organisations are also provided. The brochure is available in English, French and German.
Il rapporto sulle relazioni industriali in Europa 2010 esamina l'evolversi delle relazioni tra lavoratori, datori di lavoro e i rispettivi rappresentanti nel corso del biennio 2008-2010. La sintesi del rapporto offre una panoramica degli effetti della crisi economica e del ruolo rivestito dalle parti sociali nel contrastarla. Essa affronta quindi i sette capitoli del rapporto, ossia le tendenze delle relazioni industriali europee, il punto di vista delle parti sociali sulla crisi e le relative risposte, la flessibilità salariale e il salario minimo, le relazioni industriali e la transizione verso un'economia a basse emissioni di carbonio, nonché l'evoluzione del dialogo sociale e della legislazione nell'UE nel biennio 2008-2010. La sintesi è disponibile in tutte le lingue ufficiali dell'Unione europea, in formato elettronico, mentre l'intero rapporto è disponibile in inglese in formato cartaceo (ISBN 978-92-79-17861-0).
The economic crisis presented considerable challenges to industrial relations across the EU. This report reviews trends and developments in the relationships between workers, employers, their respective representatives and public authorities during 2008-10. It begins with an overview of the main characteristics of industrial relations institutions before analysing the strategies and perspectives of social partners and social dialogue developments in the face of the crisis. The report then examines wage bargaining, wage flexibility and minimum wages as well as the implications for industrial relations of the transition to a low-carbon economy. Finally, the report gives an overview of EU-level social dialogue and legislative developments. This publication is available in printed format in English only. The Executive Summary will soon be available online in 23 language versions.
All the graphs and tables included in this report can be downloaded both in gif and excel format by accessing the individual chapters here.
European Social Dialogue is one of the key elements of the European Social Model. European Sectoral Social Dialogue is the essential means by which the sectoral social partners contribute to the definition of European social standards. It is dynamic and keeps attracting new sectors: today 40 sectoral social dialogue committees work to the benefit of some 145 million workers , i.e. more than three quarters of the EU's workforce, and more than 6 million undertakings. This review presents recent developments in the work of the European sectoral social dialogue committees, highlighting their advances in areas such as skills, training and lifelong learning; working conditions; health and safety at the workplace; anticipation of change and restructuring; equal opportunities; corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. It contains detailed notes for each sector, describing its employment and industry characteristics; key challenges; and representative social partners; as well as the work programme and main outcomes of the respective sectoral social dialogue committee. This publication will be available in printed format in English, French and German.