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    (2012-2013)

 
 
 
Providing welfare through Social Dialogue:
A renewed role for Social Partners?

 

The OSE and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), together with the Institute for Economic and Social Research (IRES, Italy), the Fundaciòn Primero de Mayo (Spain), the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (WSI, Germany), the Oxford University (United Kingdom), the Vienna Chamber of Labour (Austria), the National Institute for Working Life and The Swedish Trade Unions in Co-operation (SALTSA, Sweden) and the Trade Union Forum (FZZ, Poland) successfully proposed a research project to the European Commission on “Providing welfare through Social Dialogue: A renewed role for Social Partners?” with the aim of analysing the “voluntary occupational welfare” (VOW) or “contract welfare”, a phenomenon that consists in the provision of supplementary welfare benefits through collective bargaining and(or) unilateral bargaining by employers.

The main purposes of the PROWELFARE project is to map the increased role of contract welfare in eight EU member states (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK), through the analysis on three policy domains (health care; vocational education and training; reconciliation of work and family life) and on three policy sectors (manufacturing, public and services sectors) in order to identify the main consequences for Social Dialogue. 

The main outputs of the project will be the reports on the national case studies, a final synthesis report and the publication of the results of the survey conducted. The OSE will provide its expertise managing the scientific coordination and the dissemination of the research findings, taking care of both the internal and external communication of the project in progress.

 
Specific objectives
  to map and assess the increased role of ‘contract welfare’ in eight EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK;
  to illustrate the gradual diversification of welfare rights in specific policy domains (health care, vocational education and training, and provisions for reconciling work and family life and care) and policy sectors (manufacturing, the public sector and the services sector); 
  to improve the understanding of the main outputs and outcomes of ‘contract welfare’ and to identify its main consequences for social dialogue (especially as far as trade unions’ role is concerned). 
Main activities
  First, data collection and information gathering, including the systematic analysis of primary and secondary literature as well as of the documentation related to industry level contracts, interviews with key stakeholders, and a survey which will provide information about the trends in the specific areas and sectors under scrutiny.
  Second, dissemination and follow-up activities especially addressed to trade union representatives and other stakeholder (including the construction of a database, the organization of several meetings and the launch of a webpage and a blog).
  The main outputs of the project will be the draft of eight reports on the national case studies, a final synthesis report and the publication of the results of the survey conducted.

Topics: Industrial relations, Social dialogue, contract welfare, governance

  Document
 
  Results of the comparative analysis of Voluntary Occupational Welfare
Executive Summary (PDF)
 
  Agenda
 
  Final conference
5 December 2013 - Brussels

Programme (PDF) | More info
 
  ProWelfare Webcast
17 September 2013 - 15.00
 
  National Workshop 
24 June 2013 - Brussels
 
  National Workshop 
26 April 2013 - Rome
 
  Kick-off Meeting 
of the PROWELFARE project
6 February 2013
 

 

  

    Partners
ETUC  The European Trade Union Confederation (Belgium)
AK Portal  The Vienna Chamber of Labour (Austria)
Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) in the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (Germany)
IRES  Institute for Economic and Social Research (Italy)
FZZ  Trade Union Forum (Poland)
Fundaciòn 1° de Mayo  (Spain)
SALTSA  European work life research (Sweden)
The University of Oxford  (United Kingdom)
Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) in the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (Germany)
 
    Documents
The Political Economy of Occupational Family Policies: Comparing Workplaces in Britain and Germany  PDF
Call for proposal
 
 
This is a project financed by the European Commission under Budget Heading 04.03 03 01 (VP/2012/001)