Energy sector workshop on social dialogue and collective bargaining in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, 30 January 2008
bargaining in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg
and the Netherlands
30 January 2008 - 9.30-17.30
EPSU building, 45 Rue Royale, Brussels
7th Floor - Room “Conseil”
Regional Conferences to develop the theme:
The Future of European industrial relations in the Public Services
Industrial relations in the energy sector
We would like to invite you to take part in a workshop on the social dialogue and collective bargaining in the energy sector, with a particular focus on Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
One of the main aims of the workshop will be to discuss the prospects of co-ordinating social dialogue and collective bargaining policy in this sector. As background to this we will discuss key developments in the sector and the extent to which some of the large European energy companies are operating in the same market.
The workshop will provide an opportunity to exchange information on social dialogue and collective bargaining issues and pay and conditions in the sector. We would hope to get a clearer picture of when and how collective bargaining takes place, including the relative importance of sectoral and local bargaining, for example. We will also discuss recent trends and the extent to which EPSU affiliates in these countries are facing similar pressures and negotiating on similar issues. We will then consider the possibilities for co-ordination of policy among EPSU affiliates in the sector in these countries or perhaps closer co-ordination among affiliates in specific transnational companies.
The meeting will take place on the 7th floor of the EPSU building at 45 Rue Royale, Brussels and interpretation will be available to and from Dutch, French and German. We have also requested that you may speak but not listen to English.
The workshop is funded as part of a European Commission-financed project that we are running in 2008. Following the workshop we will organise three regional meetings on collective bargaining in London (3-4 March), Berlin (13-14 May) and Rome (09-10 September). These will be open to all EPSU affiliates. We hope that the discussions and conclusions from the workshop in January will provide useful and interesting information to feed into these regional meetings.
EPSU expects affiliated unions to cover the travel and accommodation expenses of their participants.
European Commission funding means that financial assistance is available for a limited number of delegates. In case of questions please do not hesitate to contact the secretariat.
A hotel list offering preferential tariffs to EPSU / ETUC is attached. Please return the enclosed participation form to the EPSU Secretariat by 15 January 2008 at the latest.
Participation form and list of hotels