05/14/2008

The role of social dialogue in improving working conditions

Social dialogue is good for working conditions in Europe, according to a new
report from the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working
Conditions (Eurofound).

Social dialogue is shown to have a positive impact on a range of workplace
aspects, leading to reduced working time, more working time flexibility to suit
employees' needs, access to and participation in training, and the formulation
of equal opportunities policies. The report, which set out to examine the link
between working conditions and social dialogue, found that social dialogue is
extremely active at national, sectoral and company level across Europe.
However, it is often difficult to determine the exact contribution that social
dialogue has made to improvements in working conditions. Also, in many of the
new EU Member States, the social dialogue process is not as established as it
is in the former EU15 countries, although there is evidence that this process
is starting to develop more rapidly.

The first section of the report maps existing research and official reports,
highlighting the findings of surveys, both quantitative and qualitative, that
have identified a link between social dialogue and working conditions. The
second section looks at examples of social dialogue drawn from case studies
that have had an impact on working conditions in a range of areas. Some
examples of incomplete social dialogue are also presented, including possible
reasons for the shortcomings. Finally, the report identifies potential lessons
for the future in terms of factors that contribute to the success or failure of
social dialogue.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions