What makes a good relationship between employers and employees?
This was the main question in a project, which was realised by the European Centre for Workers Questions (EZA) from Königswinter in cooperation with the HIVA Research Institute of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), and the result thereof now appeared in a book with the title “Conditions and Criteria for Social Dialogue in Europe – the Workers’ Perspective”, published by Shaker in Aachen, Germany.
For the first time in Europe, it was exactly analysed which circumstances and quality criteria have to be kept so that a social dialogue can be possible and can lead to good results. On the one side, there was the research analysis of the environment for social dialogue in the single countries of the European Union. This analysis was complimented by practical experience of labour organisations from the EZA network.
The study confirms: Good and trustful cooperation with the social partner is a condition to find successful solutions for employees in Europe.
Starting point in the project was that labour organisations in Europe face serious challenges, 30 years after the institutionalisation of social dialogue. Due to the financial and economical crisis, long-term unemployment, precarious job-conditions and poverty in most European countries rose. Additionally, labour organisations are finding weak structures in Southern Europe and no strong traditions in Middle and Eastern Europe, concerning social dialogue.
The book is available in bookstores:
German: ISBN 978-3-8440-4403-4
English: ISBN 978-3-8440-3549-0
Spanish: ISBN 978-3-8440-4402-7