Grant agreement VS/2019/0047 and its amendments VS/2020/0083, VS/2020/0105
Short description of the action
In the EFBWW project on Strategies for targeted information and consultation for EWCs, we have drafted four strategic guides for EWC workers' representatives on the topics: Health & Safety, Demographic change, Subcontracting, and Skills & Qualifications. The four guides are available in English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Polish and Romanian on the EFBWW website. The guides build on best practice examples for meaningful information and consultation procedures in EWCs in the EFBWW sectors. Four sectoral seminars for EWC members and coordinators from the wood, building, cement, and building materials sectors took place in Spring 2021. The online seminars included a brief introduction into the four guides and interactive working groups on the subjects covered by the guides. We received a positive feedback, especially on the interactive working groups.
Before the background of the very positive feedback we received a follow up project called STIC II, which will focus on digitalisation and climate change related challenges in information and consultation procedures in EWCs. STIC II is foreseen to be concluded in 2023.
Main objectives of the action
The project's objective was to support workers' representatives and trade union coordinators in EWCs in establishing meaningful information and consultation on important topics such as Health & Safety, Demographic change, Subcontracting, and Skills & Qualification. The guides developed during the project implementation have become central tools for the EFBWW to deliver more targeted support to the EWCs in the building, building materials, cement, and woodworking sectors.
The four guides will help EWCs to start social dialogue on the addressed matters with the support of the EFBWW and the trade unions from the countries in which the multinational company is active. For more advances EWCs, the guides contain proposals and best practice examples about how they can take company social dialogue with management to the next level. The guides show that there is a lot of good practice out there which should teach both companies and policy makers the lesson that meaningful social dialogue and more democracy at work is a right for workers and brings an added value both to workers, to the company, and to democratic societies as a whole.
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