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Social Dialogue

Social Dialogue is key to balancing the interests of workers and businesses in industrial relations, while respecting national, cultural and regional traditions. In doing so, it has a track record in promoting quality labour conditions and productive corporations. Social Dialogue is thus an essential element to ensure decent work and economic growth, one the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Given the significant challenges that the world of work is currently facing, Social Dialogue needs to re-invent itself to sustain its added value for workers and businesses. The World Employment Confederation-Europe is the recognised, EU Sectoral Social Partner for temporary agency work, representing the employers in the sectoral social dialogue wth UNI Europa.

EU Sectoral Social Dialogue

The World Employment Confederation-Europe is the recognised EU sectoral social partner for temporary agency work at EU level and has been engaged in EU Sectoral Social Dialogue since 2001. The counterpart representing workers’ organisations is UNI Europa.

Every two years, the sectoral social partners agree on a new work programme focusing on different aspects related to regulation of temporary agency work, EU employment policies, capacity building and joint research.

The EU Sectoral Social Dialogue Work Programme 20192020  

The latest sectoral social dialogue work programme was adopted in 2018. It will focus on social innovation, notably through a new joint research project concentrating  on innovative practices in the areas of access to training and social protection, as well as on the role of social dialogue in fostering social innovation in the temporary agency work industry. 

 

For more information about the joint research projects on agency work conducted by the World Employment Confederation-Europe and UNI Europa, visit our page dedicated to the Agency Work sector.

 

Joint research and statements

Through their various projects, the World Employment Confederation-Europe and UNI Europa agreed several joint recommendations and declarations on topics of relevance to the agency work sector, such as:

  • Monitor and foster the correct classification of people working via online talent platforms at national level (Joint Recommendations on online talent platforms, labour market intermediaries and the changing world of work, 2017)
  • Carry out better data collection and reporting at EU and national levels to enable comparative analysis of different forms of employment and to better differentiate temporary agency work from the more generic category of temporary work (Joint Recommendations on comparing temporary agency work with other forms of employment, 2015)
  • Involve the sectoral social partners in the implementation of active labour market policies. Taking advantage of their expertise on transitions will be instrumental for the success of programmes designed to increase labour market participation (Joint recommendations on temporary agency work facilitating transitions in the labour market, 2012)
  • Funding for training should be simplified for the temporary agency work sector, especially with regards to the European Social Fund and the funds managed by other sectoral training bodies (Joint Declaration on vocational training, 2009)
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