EPSU Collective Bargaining and Social Dialogue Conference 2012 (2 days)
9.00-17.30 13 December and 9.00-14.00 14 December 2012 International Trade Union House (ITUH), 5 Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 1210 Brussels
This briefing provides a short introduction to the various sessions of the conference, highlights the main issues and provides links to relevant documents.
Collective bargaining work plan
The 2009 collective bargaining conference discussed a work plan based on the resolution passed at Congress earlier that year. We have updated the work plan to indicate what progress has been made so far and what remains to be done in the year and a half before the next Congress at the end of May 2014.
Main themes of the conference
This year’s conference will include major debates on:
economic governance and its impact on wages and collective bargaining;
the continuing impact of austerity measures on public service workers;
attacks on collective bargaining and trade union rights; and
evaluating the European sectoral dialogue.
There will also be a choice of workshops. The final list has not yet been confirmed but the current proposals include: coordinating collective bargaining at national level; responding to outsourcing; dealing with decentralised bargaining; and closing the gender pay gap - an EPSU common demand?
Confirmed speakers so far include:
ETUC economic advisor, Ronald Janssen on economic governance
Damien Grimshaw (Manchester University) and Stephen Bach (King’s College, London) coordinators of two research projects on austerity and social dialogue in the public services
ETUI senior researcher, Stefan Clauwaert on the attacks on collective bargaining rights across Europe
Interpretation at the conference will be provided to and from English, French, German, Czech, Swedish, Italian and Romanian while participants will be able to speak but not listen to Danish, Norwegian, Spanish and Portuguese.
This conference is organised with financial assistance from the European Commission.
First draft agenda
EPSU GEN 11 Invitation to CB Conference
Collective bargaining resolution work plan
Hotel list in Brussels
Collective bargaining Conference report
This project receives a financial contribution from the European Commission