Social Partners

Position papers (20)


Strengthening social dialogue in the European Union

On 15 March 2023, Ceemet released its position paper on the proposal for a Council Recommendation on strengthening social dialogue in the European Union.


Boosting continuing vocational education & training in the MET industries

The metal, engineering and technology-based [MET] industries are confronted with one of the greatest skills challenges in modern times. Ceemet and industriAll Europe both strongly believe that robust MET industries rely on a skilled workforce and that vocational education and training is a shared responsibility between employers, workers and public authorities. With millions of European MET jobs being about to be transformed and long-standing skills shortages (e.g. engineers, welders, ICT experts, highly skilled experts) still unsolved, the re-and up-skilling of workers through continuing vocational education and training [CVET] all along their career must urgently be stepped up for all.


Response to 2nd phase consultation on platform work

The European Commission consulted social partner on a possible action that would address the challenges related to working conditions in platform work. Ceemet submitted its response on to the second phase consultation. In its response Ceemet highlights following 5 areas: employment status in platform work, algorithm management, cross-border issues, collective representation and legal instruments.


Review of EU sectoral social dialogue: Consultation of social partners

The Commission initiated a specific consultation of social partners on how to improve sectoral social dialogue. In 5 areas, Ceemet formulates ideas how EU social dialogue could be strengthened. These suggestions build upon the joint position paper with industriAll Europe “How to promote a fit for purpose European sectoral social dialogue" (09.2016) which content remains valid.


Robust MET industries require future-proof apprenticeships

One year after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European social partners of the metal, engineering and technology-based (MET) industries renew their Pledge to support 1st class apprenticeships throughout Europe. They combine the renewal of the Pledge with a call to Member States to keep apprenticeships on the recovery agenda.


6 joint priorities on skills/education/training for the new legislative term

After the European Parliament elections delivered their results and at a time of ongoing discussions on the composition and political priorities of the future European Commission, industriAll Europe and Ceemet recall their demands in the area of skills, education and training for the upcoming legislative term.


Legal migrants & labour market: Social partners paving the way towards integration

The ongoing inflow of people seeking refuge, fleeing poverty, war and persecution is posing a number of challenges to our societies in Europe. Global migration is by no means a new phenomenon. It is an inherent feature of the 21st century. Migrants regardless of their motivation to seek refuge in the EU have to be humanely and responsibly treated. IndustriAll Europe and Ceemet formulated 6 focus points. They cover topics of cooperation between stakeholders, access to education and respect for the principle of equality of opportunity and treatment between national and migrant workers.


European Pillar of Social Rights: Social partners underline 9 principles

The Pillar is proclaimed and has a non-binding nature. Delivering on the principles of the Pillar is primarily a responsibility of national governments, of public authorities and of Social Partners at all levels. With its trade union counterpart industriAll Europe, Ceemet underlines 9 principles to contribute to the debate.


New Skills Agenda : No need for new but for swift action

Ambitious Vocational Education & Training (VET) policies are essential. Companies of all sizes and workers have to keep up with the skills development that is required for the Metal, Engineering & Technology-based (MET) sector to remain innovative, competitive and sustainable. Therefore, Ceemet and industriAll Europe are calling for a responsive VET system.


Joint conclusions on adaptability and flexible forms of employment

Joint views on adaptability and flexible forms of employment developed by the “Competitiveness & Employment” working group of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-based (MET) sectoral social dialogue committee.


How to promote a fit for purpose European sectoral social dialogue

From its start, the Juncker Commission has highlighted the importance of a well-functioning Social Dialogue and took an initiative to relaunch Social Dialogue. Ceemet and industriAll Europe are in general supportive of the “A New Start for Social Dialogue” statement. Representing the biggest industrial sector, both want to set out their 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.


EU Alliance for Apprenticeships - focus on VET excellence say social partners

Ceemet & industriAll Europe welcome the Commissions renewed efforts to speed up and facilitate education reform, but stress the need to properly involve sectoral and local level social partners and caution against oversimplifying benefits of dual systems.


EU interference in wage setting is not supported by Ceemet, ECEG, EURATEX & industriAll

EU interference in wage setting lacks legal basis, ignores social partners’ autonomy and is opposite of what industry needs to bring Europe out of the crisis. The EU must rather look more into aspects of improving international competitiveness of manufacturing industry and do so with an improved, transparent procedure of social partner involvement, in particular from the sector level. IndustriAll Europe, Ceemet, ECEG and EURATEX are the EU recognised social partner organisations for their respective sectors.


Joint statement on adaptability and flexible forms of employment

Following social dialogue meetings in 2011 and 2012, trade union and employers developed a joint view on how to increase the ability of companies and their workforces to meet the challenges of adaptability and flexible forms of employment and adapt to change.


Ceemet, ECEG & indistriAll publish joined view on Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision

Revision of Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORP) Directive must not lead to higher costs and shrinking occupational pensions. Ceemet, ECEG and industriAll Europe publish a joint statement on the planned initiative on IORP within the context of the White Paper on “an agenda for adequate, safe and sustainable pensions”. All three believe that it is unnecessary to change the regulation.


Attracting people to the educational pathways leading to MET industry

This publication bundles the experiences and actions undertaken by Ceemet and EMF members to attract and lead people to MET industry jobs.


Ceemet-EMF_Joint statement on Competitiveness

The statement is social partners' contribution to strengthen the industrial base to realize the "Europe 2020" strategy and further develop social partnership.


Reply to consultation of Commission Communication on Social Dialogue

Dialogue between the social partners at sector level can contribute to improving the economic and business environment that supports the development of competitive and profitable companies in the best possible way, thus also helping to promote sustainable employment and conditions in the industry sector. Ceemet therefore finds it unacceptable and irrelevant that the Consultation on European sector social dialogue was open to the general public and not exclusively addressed to the parties involved, i.e. the social partner organisations.


Position on the announced initiative on a "Optional framework for transnational collective bargaining"

Ceemet considers that the trend towards more flexibility in and the greater decentralisation of collective bargaining arrangements that are now evident in many EU Member States is in sharp contrast to the Commission’s idea of establishing a framework for transnational collective bargaining. In the important area of collective bargaining, which is the core activity of many of our national member organisations and which reflects their different industrial relations histories and cultures, particularly in the enlarged European Union, such an intervention would be totally inappropriate.


Position on Communication on "Enhancing the contribution of European social dialogue"

Ceemet acknowledges that the ”Partnership for change in an enlarged Europe - Enhancing the contribution of European social dialogue” demonstrates the importance that the Commission attributes both to the enlarged European Union and to social dialogue at Community level. An autonomous dialogue in the appropriate form between the social partners at inter-professional and sector level can contribute to creating a more favourable economic climate and therefore help to improve competitiveness, innovation and growth. This can then lead to improved employment opportunities and enhanced social cohesion.

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