The importance of a well-functioning Social Dialogue is undisputed. The Juncker Commission highlighted from its start in 2014 the status that a value-adding sectoral social dialogue has at European level.

Ceemet and industriAll European trade union, representing the biggest industrial sector, are having today their annual Social Dialogue Plenary. The recognised social partners deal with topics that are the challenges of the 21st century.

Digitalisation of the world of work

It includes automatization and its impact on competitiveness and employment in the metal, engineering and Technology-based industries, or Tech & Industries we like to call it. And more specific the different areas digitalisation is impacting. Social partners published in 2016 already a joint position on Digitalisation following the publication of the Digitalisation and the World of Work report. Ceemet Digitalisation and the world of work the future of work

Vocational Education & Training

In the area of education and training, industriAll Europe and Ceemet have been cooperating closely. Both partners signed the European Alliance for Apprenticeships Pledge and participated in at the European Vocational Skills Week in Vienna.

Looking forward, focus will be on Continuing Education & Training and the promotion of social dialogue on Education & Training issues.

Equally currently controversially discussed societal topics such as the European Pillar of Social Rights (or social rights as some prefer to call it) and migration are on the agenda. All these topics are based on members’ needs, focused having added value for both sides.

Industrial relations at heart

Strong industrial relations are central in fostering (cost and non-cost) competitiveness of European industry, investment, job creation and skills development in times of vast structural change in our economy and society.

Today’s Social Dialogue Plenary, in presence of all Ceemet’s co-chairs i.e. Anders Weihe of the Plenary, Jarkko Ruohoniemi of the Competitiveness & Employment Working Group (WG) and Delphine Rudelli of the Education & Training WG, is an occasion having a forward-looking work programme, offering companies and workers a perspective to manage the upcoming challenges and seize them as opportunities.