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Project background

European Social dialogue in the construction industry:

The EFBWW and FIEC undertake joint analysis of the developments in social dialogue models at the national level with the aim to strengthen the cooperation at the EU level 

The EFBWW and FIEC reaffirm the primary responsibility of the national sectoral social partners for finding a common understanding about the organisation of the national the labour market.

The EFBWW and FIEC continue to support the establishment of autonomous sectoral industrial relation systems and the capacity of social partners in the construction industry in all the Member States and in this respect they will examine specific needs or demands raised by national social partners and, where needed, jointly develop specific capacity building initiatives.

Previous experiences in this field have shown that in order to provide tangible results such initiatives need to be based on clearly identified topics/problems and objectives to achieve.

Background industrial relations in the CEEC

  • Many challenges in construction industry: greening of the economy, building a fair level playing field, attracting new workers, ensuring high OSH standards, undeclared labour, improving VET
  • Over the last decade the system of bi-lateral industrial relations in the construction industry has significantly deteriorated in most CEEC: Poland, Romania, Hungary
  • Recently we observe a fragile improvement of bi-lateral collective bargaining in the construction industry: Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia
  • Need to strengthen the capacity of both the trade union and employers’ representatives in industrial relations
  • Need to develop a long-term sustainable bi-lateral industrial policy system in the construction industry

Project objectives

  1. First Phase :
  • Practical sectoral industrial relations mapping exercise of the construction industry in the CEECs
  • Up-to-date picture of the current situation of the national systems of industrial relations in the target group countries.
  • SWOT (Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats) assessment for each target country
  • Two regional conferences to discuss the state of pay and the SWOT assessment of the industrial relations in the construction industry in the CEECs

Second Phase 2019:

  • four open thematic debates on priorities identified during Phase 1 with an emphasis on
  • Innovative recruiting in the construction industry
  • Health and Safety through industrial relations;
  • Building paritarian social funds and schemes;
  • Fight against Undeclared Work and ensure a fair level playing field for all

StarT and ending date

12/2017 - 30/04/2020


EC co-financed project 

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