Report reveals how strong industrial relations can deliver on efficiency and equity

Europe

A new report from the Eurofound research agency, Measuring key dimensions of industrial relations and industrial democracy, provides concrete evidence for policymakers to promote the strengthening of industrial relations. It found that six Member States (Austria, Germany, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden) show how mature systems of industrial relations can combine efficiency, equity and voice. Top of the overall Industrial Relations Index, these countries are among the highest seven performers on the Industrial Democracy Index and Industrial Competitiveness Index, as well as coming in the top eight on the Social Justice Index. The report also includes a cross-time analysis of Eurofound’s Industrial Democracy Index from 2008 to 2021, revealing a very moderate trend of upward divergence, meaning that the EU27 mean score increased slightly, and differences between Member States were mostly stable.