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Training of trainers social dialogue construction industry actrav werner buelen efbww

Training of Trainers Social Dialogue Construction Industry(ACTRAV)Werner Buelen, EFBWW

European and National

Social Dialogue in the

Construction Industry


What is social dialogue

What is “social dialogue”?

  • Social dialogue is the term used to describe a joint consultation procedure involving the social partners at European level. It involves discussion, joint action and sometimes negotiations between the European social partners, and discussions between the social partners and the EU institutions on the future development of Community action and on the content of any social policy proposals


Bipartite social dialogue vs tripartite social concertation

Bipartite social dialoguevs.Tripartite social concertation

  • Social dialogue:

    • Two group of representative social partners:

      • Trade unions and employers org.

    • Autonomous

    • Various levels (and hierarchy)

  • Social concertation:

    • Serveral stakeholders:

      • Trade unions, employers org., academic, former politicians, ...

    • Not autonomous

    • One level


Triangle of industrial relations

Triangle of industrial relations

National government

European Commission

  • LABOUR

  • Trade Unions

  • National level

  • - EU-level

  • CAPITAL

  • Employer Organisations

  • National level

  • - EU-level

Strategic triangle of decision making


Levels of collective bargaining wages

Levels of collective bargaining(wages)

GOVERNMENT

TRADE UNIONS

Intersectoral level

EMPLOYERS’

Intersectoral level

Slovenia

TRADE UNIONS

Sectoral level

EMPLOYERS’

Sectoral level

Cyprus

Slovakia

Czech Rep.

Estonia

Hungary

Latvia

Malta

Poland

Lithuania

TRADE UNIONS

Company level

EMPLOYERS’

Company level


Training of trainers social dialogue construction industry actrav werner buelen efbww

Levels of collective bargaining(wages)

GOVERNMENT

Belgium

Finland

Ireland

TRADE UNIONS

Intersectoral level

EMPLOYERS’

Intersectoral level

Austria

Denmark

Germany

Greece Italy

Luxembourg

Netherlands

Portugal

Spain

Sweden

TRADE UNIONS

Sectoral level

EMPLOYERS’

Sectoral level

EMPLOYERS’

Company level

TRADE UNIONS

Company level

France

UK


Social dialogue

Social dialogue

  • Aim/objectives of the governement:

    • Political objectives

    • Force of stability, reform and innovation

  • Aim/objectives of the trade unions:

    • Political objectives

    • Workers protection

  • Aim/objectives of the employers org.

    • Political objectives

    • Social peace

    • autodetermination


Training of trainers social dialogue construction industry actrav werner buelen efbww

Knowing the construction industry in order to understand its usefulness and necessity of the social relations at company, national and european level in the construction industry


The construction industry

The construction industry

  • Economical

    • Annual turnover of more than €900 billion (EU15)

    • 90% SME’s

  • Social

    • 12 million employees in the EU15

    • Labour intensive

    • Productivity and rentability are largely determined by the workforce

  • Distinctive characteristics

Policymakers frequently use the construction industry as a trend indicator – a cyclical stabiliser of macro-economic trends, restricted in periods with economic expansion and stimulated in periods of recession


The construction industry1

The construction industry

Distinctive characteristics

Strong multiplicator effect:

  • Economical

  • Social

  • Complicated employment relations:

    • Traditional

    • Progressive

  • Strong dependance of external factors:

    • Climatological influeneces/changes

    • Complex production proces

  • Highly regulated (H&S, public procurement, …)

  • Image problem: Dirty, Dangerious, Difficult

  • Very fragile sector:

    • Economical

    • Social


  • Common interest concern of the social partners

    Common interest / concernof the social partners

    • Sustainability

    • Rentability

    • Competivity


    How is this common interest concern of the social partners translated in actions at national level

    How is this common interest / concern of the social partners translated in actions at national level?

    • Strong social relations:

      • Social partners

      • Social Dialogue/ negociations

    • Strong social funds:

      • Pensions funds,

      • Vocational and prof. training funds

      • Social security funds

      • Occupational health and safety funds

    • Regulatory aspects:

      • Joint actions


    How is this common interest concern of the social partners translated in actions at european level

    How is this common interest / concern of the social partners translated in actions at European level?

    • Well organized:

      • European representation (EFBWW, FIEC)

      • European Social Dialogue

    • Various specific European Directives:

      • Working on heights Directive;

      • Public procurement Directives

      • Posting of Workers Directive

    • Efficient joint actions/ lobby


    Chalanges for the future

    Chalanges for the future !!

    • Representativity of the social partners

    • Defragmentation of the social partners

    • Company structure (large companies)

    • Representative and “willing” opponent

    • Instruments: Media, propaganda, documentation, …

    • Visibility of actions/ position

    • Financial capacities

    • Staff capacities

    • Negotiations capacities

    • Politics


    Social partners organsations

    Social partners organsations


    Purpose of this project

    PURPOSE OF THIS PROJECT

    • WHAT

      • To help the trade unions of the new and future Member states in building social dialogue capacities

    • HOW

      • By gathering social partners and experts to analyse and develop social dialogue capacities

    • WHO

      • You


    Thank you

    THANK YOU

    • Let’s start social dialogue capacity process:

      Thinking, debating and shaping


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