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Social dialogue & collective bargaining

This section provides a closer look at the work of the ETUI in three core activities/processes in which the (European) trade unions are involved: social dialogue, social legislation and collective bargaining.

Firstly, there is the European social dialogue, as institutionalised in Articles 152-155 of the Lisbon Treaty, which takes place mainly at both inter-industry and sectoral levels. However, this section also provides information on developments in relation to the negotiation and conclusion of transnational company agreements in multinational companies (MNCs).

A second subsection - social legislation - deals with the crucial role trade unions try to play at both European and national levels in the shaping of European (labour) law, both primary law (e.g. new/amended Treaty provisions, EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, etc.) and secondary legislation (e.g. Regulations, Directives, etc.). Attention is also given to the increasingly important role of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in interpreting this European law.

And finally, in a third subsection, the work of the ETUI in the field of collective bargaining on wages and working conditions at the national (inter-sectoral, sectoral and company) level and the transnational coordination of collective bargaining by trade unions is presented.

Contacts: Zane Rasnača 

The themes covered in this section are: