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13-14 May 2008

Regional Conference to develop the theme: The Future of European industrial relations in the Public Services, 13-14 May, Berlin



Regional Conference to develop the theme: The Future of European industrial relations in the Public Services

13-14 May 2008

Bildungs- und Begegnungszentrum, Clara Sahlberg, Koblanckstraße 10, 14109 Berlin

We would like to invite you to take part in a conference on collective bargaining and social dialogue in Berlin on 13-14 May. This is the first time that EPSU has organised regional meetings on collective bargaining and we hope that this might be a good way of encouraging more detailed discussion and debate on key issues on which affiliates in neighbouring countries might be able to co-ordinate their policy. The size of the conference (+/- 40 participants) should also provide a better opportunity for affiliates to get involved in each debate.

The draft programme for the meeting is attached. Briefing documents will be sent out shortly. You will see that the main themes of the conference will be:

  • Making the sectoral social dialogue more effective - the twin challenges of the sectoral social dialogue are about securing concrete agreements at European level and ensuring their implementation at national level - what scope is there to learn from the experience of other sectors and co-ordinate policy on common issues that affect all sectors?
  • Collective bargaining co-ordination - for several years now EPSU has been trying to maintain and improve the flow of information between affiliates with a view to this laying the foundations of a more effective co-ordination of policy. The federation now has a number of policies on equal pay, working time, low pay and affiliates are currently considering a new policy on age management. How can we ensure that these are followed up at national level? In the lead up to Congress 2009 perhaps the federation should also be looking at specific initiatives at a sectoral or cross-border level??
  • Future of social dialogue and collective bargaining in the public services - this was a debate that was initiated at the 2007 collective bargaining conference with affiliates invited to express their views on where they hope we will be in five-10 years’ time in terms of co-ordinating policy across sectors and between countries.

Further information on EPSU Collective Bargaining work can be found at http://www.epsu.org/r/87

This will be the second of three such conferences. The first took place in London and the third will be in Rome (9-10 September). Affiliates from the following countries are invited to send delegates to the Berlin meeting: Germany, Austria, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Poland.

The funding for the event means that places will be limited to around 40. We would aim to get a minimum of two and no more than four delegates from each country. Please agree these registrations amongst yourselves.

I refer you to the appended practical information sheet for further information and kindly request you to complete and return the appended participation form by 12 March 2008 at the very latest.

We would ask you to note in particular the early deadline for room bookings.

- Practical information sheet (document translated into, French, German, Czech, Hungarian, Bulgarian and Polish) + travel information (English and German)

PDF - 29.9 kb
practical info
PDF - 18.2 kb
travel info - EN
PDF - 18 kb
travel info - GE

- Participation form

Word - 139.5 kb
part form

- meeting documents EN - FR - DE - PL - CZ - BG - HU


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