From its start, the Juncker Commission has highlighted the importance of a well-functioning Social Dialogue and took an initiative to relaunch Social Dialogue. Following a high-level conference in March 2015, which led to the adoption of a quadri-partite statement on “A New Start for Social Dialogue” on 27 June 2016. CEEMET and industriAll Europe are in general supportive of that statement.
In this context, CEEMET and industriAll Europe, representing the biggest industrial sector, want to set out our views about sectoral social dialogue and what we consider are the pre-requisites for a well-functioning, efficient, value-adding sectoral social dialogue at EU level.
industriAll Europe and CEEMET consider the following criteria indispensable for an efficient, valueadding Social Dialogue contributing to internationally competitive companies providing good jobs:
A clear understanding and strict application of the concept of ‘social partner’ based on the Commission Decision on sectoral social dialogue committees of 20 May 1998 (relating to specific sectors; consist of organisations which are themselves an integral and recognised part of Member States’ social partner structures and have the capacity to negotiate agreements, and which are representative in several MS; having adequate structures to ensure their effective participation in the work of the Committees)
Full respect of Social Partner autonomy
Solid mandate, from recognised national social partners, to ensure legitimacy of actions
Clear joint Rules of Procedure for European social dialogue
Representativeness of the industry and capacity to drive a value adding social dialogue