Collective Bargaining Conference 30/11-01/12
and Collective Bargaining Conference
As part of the Social Dialogue and Collective Bargaining in the Public Services - a web-based Resource Project
International Trade Union House (ITUH) - Room Auditorium
5 Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 1210 Brussels
EPSU is organising a Social Dialogue and Collective Bargaining Conference in Brussels on 30 November and 1 December 2006. This conference will discuss key issues in collective bargaining at both European and national levels. It will develop important areas of EPSU policy that have featured in recent conferences (young workers and migrant workers) as well as examining new areas (older workers and pensions equality).
Speakers from the ETUC and the ETUI-REHS institute will start the conference with overviews of inter-sectoral social dialogue and collective bargaining.
There will then be a detailed discussion on social dialogue and collective bargaining in the public services. This will include consideration of the third EPSU annual report on collective bargaining and updates on key policy issues such as low pay, outsourcing and working time.
The main themes separate debates will then be:
- Young workers - presentation of a draft policy document on what kind of collective bargaining policies can help tackle the challenges facing young workers;
- Older workers - there will be an initial debate on the issues facing older workers in the public services and the extent to which these can be addressed through collective bargaining.
- Migrant workers - a draft policy document will be presented setting out the main ways in which affiliates can negotiate policies on migrant workers through collective bargaining and social dialogue;
- Pensions - there will be workshop discussions about how to achieve equality in pension schemes.
The afternoon of the second day will provide an opportunity to assess progress and look forward to the key areas of work for 2007.
The conference is open to all affiliated unions and is targeted at colleagues who are involved in and have responsibility for collective bargaining.
We would particularly encourage affiliates to help us improve the gender balance at this event by nominating women delegates.
Interpretation has been requested to and from English, French, German, Czech, Swedish and Italian. We have also requested that you may speak but not listen to Danish, Norwegian, Spanish and Portuguese.
The Conference will take place in the Auditorium of the International Trade Union House, 5 Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 1210 Brussels, starting at 09:00 on Thursday 30 November 2006 and ending at 16:30 on Friday 1 December 2006.
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 from the New Member States and Candidate Countries. Please see the note below explaining this. It will be up to the affiliates in those countries to agree who should apply for financial assistance. 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 31 October 2006 at the latest. Thank you.
Collective Bargaining policies on older workers - Background Briefing
Reconciling work with private and family life - Background Briefing for Working Groups
Young workers, collective bargaining and the public services - A draft policy document
Migrant workers, collective bargaining and the public services - A draft policy document
EPSU Collective Bargaining Annual Report 2006 - Summary
Croatian version: EPSU Collective Bargaining Annual Report 2006 - Summary
Croatian version: Collective Bargaining policies on older workers - Background Briefing
- Croatian version: Young workers, collective bargaining and the public services - A draft policy document
- Croatian version: Migrant workers, collective bargaining and the public services - A draft policy document
- Reconciling work with private and family life - Background Briefing for Working Groups
- Document For information (document contains 325pg) The Right to Organise and to Bargain Collectively in the Perspective of the Council of Europe: The Case Law of the European Social Charter - Analysis of the State of Application of Articles 5 and 6 of the European Social Charter in the 25 EU Countries and in the 5 Candidate ones with regards to the Public Sector and the Essential Services (please that this document is a work progress and not the final report - document contains 325 pages)