At the point of marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. CEEMET, representing the european tech & industry employers, is looking forward and calls for a new social settlement with industry.
The employer organisation of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-based industries identified two focus areas and formulated several asks, being:
I. Aiming for a competitiveness AAA
Ask 1: Strengthening the Single Market by removing obstacles to free movement.
Ask 2: Adhering to the principle of subsidiarity.
Ask 3: Valuing the role of social partners and their autonomy.
Ask 4: Ensuring simple and understandable EU law.
Ask 5: Consistency in transposing occupational health and safety legislation.
Ask 6: Committing to free trade.
II. Innovation in the world of work
Ask 1: Agile labour markets and agile work.
Ask 2: Technology improving workers’ health and safety.
Ask 3: Skills, skills, skills, and more skills.
CEEMET concludes that :
Carrying on as before, and business as usual, are not options for industries which compete globally. To stay internationally competitive, European manufacturing needs an environment that offers flexibility to facilitate doing business in Europe.
The Single Market – including the Digital Single Market – is at risk from old uncorrected and new self-imposed barriers, which need to be removed to improve competitiveness.
We need a new blended industrial strategy, bringing digital skills to the fore whilst removing barriers to agile working.
All stakeholders must feel that they have a future in Europe; a new social Europe cannot be achieved without competitive industry at its heart.