PESSIS - Promoting employers'social services in social dialogue

Final European Report, Jane Lethbridge - 20 September 2012


The aim of the research project ‘Project PESSIS: Promoting employers’ social services in social dialogue’ was to provide a detailed understanding of how social dialogue is organised and structured (or not) in the social services sector in Europe.

It aimed to identify barriers to increased cooperation among employers in the sector as well as highlighting examples of good practice. Eleven national studies contributed to an overall European perspective of social dialogue in the social services sector, which are included in this European Synthesis Report. The research project involved
studies of social dialogue in the social services sector in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland, Slovenia and Spain.

The Final European Report draws together the mapping of social dialogue in the social services sectors from each national report. Each national report presented a ‘picture’ of how social dialogue is organised at local, regional and national levels and addressed the following six research questions:

1. What is the size of the social services sector, both in terms of workforce and of employers in aggregated value?

2. How well represented is the sector in terms of number of employers and
workers covered by collective agreements?

3. What are the types of social dialogue or collective agreements that exist?
4. How many employers of the sector are involved in social dialogue and at what level?

5. What are the key labour issues dealt with and at what level?

6. Are there any labour issues that could be dealt with at European Union (EU) level?

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