Social Dialogue is key to balancing the interests of workers and businesses in industrial relations, while respecting national, cultural and regional traditions. In doing so, it has a track record in promoting quality labour conditions and productive corporations. Social Dialogue is thus an essential element to ensure decent work and economic growth, one the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Given the significant challenges that the world of work is currently facing, Social Dialogue needs to re-invent itself to sustain its added value for workers and businesses. The World Employment Confederation-Europe is the recognised, EU Sectoral Social Partner for temporary agency work, representing the employers in the sectoral social dialogue wth UNI Europa.
The World Employment Confederation-Europe is the recognised EU sectoral social partner for temporary agency work at EU level and has been engaged in EU Sectoral Social Dialogue since 2001. The counterpart representing workers’ organisations is UNI Europa.
Every two years, the sectoral social partners agree on a new work programme focusing on different aspects related to regulation of temporary agency work, EU employment policies, capacity building and joint research.
The latest sectoral social dialogue work programme was adopted in 2018. It will focus on social innovation, notably through a new joint research project concentrating on innovative practices in the areas of access to training and social protection, as well as on the role of social dialogue in fostering social innovation in the temporary agency work industry.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented, major challenge to economies and societies around the world and it has also severely impacted the temporary agency work sector.
Building on a long-standing tradition of social dialogue, the World Employment Confederation-Europe and UNI-Europa decided to address this challenge together and issued joint recommendations on 29 April 2020 to both mitigate the immediate impact of the crisis and prepare for the recovery of the labour market and the economy.
Through their various projects, the World Employment Confederation-Europe and UNI Europa agreed several joint recommendations and declarations on topics of relevance to the agency work sector, such as:
For more information about the joint research projects on agency work conducted by the World Employment Confederation-Europe and UNI Europa, visit our page dedicated to the Agency Work sector.