Industrial Relations Developments in Europe 2002

A continued decline in trade union membership and increasing pressures
following several major mergers of employer organisations across the European
Union, resulted in significant changes to the structure of European social
partner organisations during 2002. This is according to a new report by the
Dublin-based European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working

The changes come at a time when the social partners are implementing a
European-wide social dialogue, replacing EU-directives as a prerequisite for
developing industrial relations with independent ‘non-regulatory’ agreements
which are concluded at EU-level and implemented directly at national level. The
social partners’ landmark multiannual work programme combines their common
objectives and guidelines at European level, with regular national status and
progress reports. The first result of this new work method was a general
European framework for teleworkers’ conditions of employment in July 2002.

The report offers a comparative overview of the most significant industrial
relations developments in 2002 and provides a review of the year’s main
activities in the European social dialogue and EU employment legislation and
policy, and includes a chapter on migration.

Further information

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