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Social Dialogue

in the Hospital/Health Care Sector

On 20 of September 2006, after six years of preparation, EPSU (the European Federation of Public Service Unions) and HOSPEEM (the European Hospital and Healthcare employers’ association) launched the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital Sector (SSDC HS). [For EPSU affiliates: For more information on this preparation phase 2000-2006 you can read an article uploaded to the member’s section (pass-word protected), see article at the bottom of the page].

The Committee has adopted in its first years (2006-2008) a joint declaration on health services and a Code of Conduct on Ethical Cross-border Recruitment and Retention (for follow-up activities see the implementation and evaluation report of September 2012).

A first joint project to build up capacities of the sectoral social partners and to strengthen the structures of social dialogue in the new EU-Member States was run and sucessfully concluded.

On 23 June 2008 the Committee adopted their second Joint EPSU-HOSPEEM Work Programme 2008-2010 centred on 5 main themes:
- Recruitment and retention
- Strengthening Social Dialogue Structures
- The ageing workforce
- Tackling third-party violence and harassment
- New skill needs

In July 2009 the Framework Agreement on the Prevention of Sharps Injuries that later became Directive 2010/32/EU was endorsed. In December 2010 EPSU and HOSPEEM signed a Framework of Actions "Recruitment and Retention".

Within this framework both the project "Strengthening Social Dialogue in the Hospital Sector in the Baltic States (2010/2011) - run by HOSPEEM and supported by EPSU - and a project to promote the "Multi-sectoral guidelines to tackle third-party violence and harassment related to work", involving three EU-level trade union federations and 5 EU-level employers associations were started.

The third Joint EPSU-HOSPEEM Work Programme 2011-2013 was adopted on 1 July 2011. By 12 December 2013 nearly all planned activities have been tackled and finalised, except for the two topics "Well-being of workforce" and "Diversity of workforce".

In this framework the project "Prevention of sharps injuries & Promoting the Implementation of Directive 2010/32/EU" (2012/2013) was jointly run and finalised by EPSU and HOSPEEM.

The forth Joint EPSU-HOSPEEM Work Programme 2014-2016 was adopted on 6 March 2014.

You can also access the main outcomes of the joint work of EPSU and HOSPEEM in the context of the Sectoral Social Dialogue for 2013 and for 2012.


- see also our Key Documents section



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