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TRAIN Project Final Conference “Train and Rail Infrastructure Network” 5 th and 6 th of November 2012 Previous meetings and drafted report With financial support of the EU. A few words on Consultingeuropa.
“Train and Rail Infrastructure Network”
5th and 6th of November 2012
Previous meetings and drafted report
With financial support of the EU
Consultingeuropa is a consulting company specialised on social dialogue at European Level, located in Brussels. Consultingeuropa focuses on advising European institutions, social partners, associations and European Works Councils in multinational companies.
Consultingeuropa was born in early January 2011, from the alliance of two companies :
· The German labour-orientated consultancy PCG- Project Consult GmbH,
· The French consulting company Groupe Alpha, whose subsidiary, Secafi, supports employees’ representatives and trade unions.
Consultingeuropa is able to gather a pool of experts in order to give you the most appropriate answer (sectoral, technical, human…). Our experts come from parents companies and from privileged partners in different European countries.
An european network
Wilke, Maack & Partners
Expert on EWC’s
University of Leuven
FES - Warsaw
Universidade de Coïmbra
Universidad Carlos III
The projecthas been developed after feedback from works councils in the rail production sector and the EMF Mechanical Engineering Committee.
Through the exchange of information, research and workshops, the TRAIN Project aims to build up a network of works councils and specialised trade unionists with a view to increasing expertise and knowledge transfer from the shop floor to the European level on the outlook for employment and innovation.
On the one hand, rail production has been hard hit by the ongoing financial and economic crisis in terms of production and employment.
On the other hand, the sector is crucial In terms of employment sustainability and industrial competitiveness. In fact IndustriAll argues that it represents an often underestimated key sector for the sustainable industrial development of Europe..
A) Discussingwiththe EMF theneedsandchallenges on theproject in 2010/2011
B) Doing a process-oriented study for the TRAIN project
C) Support to establish a network
Kick off / Prepartory Meeting on the 7th of November 2011
In order todeveloptheoperatingagendaandto fix thetimeframe on theproject
First Workshop on the 30th of November –
Second Workshop on the 12th January 2012
Third Workshop on the 29th of March
„Lessonslearned? – Challengesofthetransformationofthetrainandrailwayinfrastructuretowards a sustainable European transportsystem“
Ambitionsbythe EU-COM toestablish an integrated European railwayarea European Internal Transport Area“ – am issuesandchallanges
(1) opening of the internal rail transport market to competition, (2) improving the interoperability and safety of national networks and (3) developing rail transport infrastructure.
Critcalview on theliberalizationoftherailwaymarketandtheinterventionlevelsofthe EU_COM (therailwaypackages) in order to understand tocurrentwhitepaper
Weintegratethe Position Paper fromthe European Transport WorkersFederation -
Weprovide a criticalreview on the EU White Paper on Transport 2011
Takenintoaccoutformerstatementsbythe EU-COM in Green and White Papers on transport
Twoanswers – „The Shift2Rail Initiative“ andthe „Joint Technology Initiative“ toget European Leadershp in global marktes
Focussing on researchthemes:
2) A surveywerealizedwith a semi-standardisedquestionaire
Outsourcing, offshoringandrelocation (R&D) – nomadicstructuresofthemarket
Lack of Investments - economiccrisis, national austerityplans, philosophyofcostreduction – competitionbetweencompaniesandemployees
The surveywedid – 26 replies(e.g. Alstom, AnsaldoBreda, Bombardier, Siemens, Balfour Betty Rail, Transtech OY, TSTG Schienentechnik GmbH, GutehoffnungshütteRadsatz GmbH, Thales, Vossloh and VoestAlpine.)
Challenges faced by the works councils according to nationality:
Of the economical challenges faced by the works councils France names outsourcing and delocalisation as very important points of discussion.
The employee representatives are facing considerable challenges in terms of new contracts in Europe - increasing debt crisis in Europe
In this context, maintaining jobs and retention of skills are major issues and the risk is that sites will be weakened during the crisis; also in this context of relocation of production in client countries, it is necessary to be very vigilant to outsourcing operations in the direction of low-cost countries. This applies to all players in the sector.
3) The Creation on an Europan Internal Transport Area – Issuesandchallanges
4) The EU White Paper on Transport 2011 – A criticalreview
5) The crisis in therailindustry (more European than global)
6) The challengesofthesector (employerperspective)
7) The challengesofthesectorfromemployee´srep. perspective
Conclusion and Recommendations will be developed based as well on the discussions of the conference