Presentation on theme: "European Social Dialogue in the Chemical Industry Reinhard Reibsch Secretary General EMCEF HLG Follow-up-Conference Usti and Labem."— Presentation transcript:
European Social Dialogue in the Chemical Industry Reinhard Reibsch Secretary General EMCEF HLG Follow-up-Conference Usti and Labem
Legal and political background of the European SD Social dialogue mechanism is fixed in the Maastricht- (1993) and Amsterdam Treaty (1997) as a part of the Social Protocol Background was deadlock of social issue in preparing of the European Single Market in the late 80th Jacques Delors, President of EU-Commission a that time understood the SD-mechanism as a way to solve the deficit in European social policy, but also to promote and establish European Labour relations
3 EU Social PolicyAgenda Open Method of Coordination Employment Social protection EuropeanSocialFunds EuropeanSocialDialogue Legislation Mobility - Gender equality Health and Safety Social Dialogue and EU Social Policy
Precondition and role of the Social partners and the EU Commission Social partners have to be/have: representative for the sector organized at European level the capacity to negotiate agreements Only the SP decide on the working program, rules and agendas EU Commission offers consultation and administrative support 4
Mechanism of the SD Legal bases of the European Social Dialogue is Art. 139 TEC 3 levels of agreements: Common position Recomendation Binding agreement, that can lead in place of the legislative procedure to lawful rulings 5
6 European Social Dialog in the Chemical Industry The European Social Dialogue in the chemical industry is recognised since December 2004 The social partners: EMCEF, the European Trade Union Federation for Chemicals, Energy and Mining ECEG, the European Chemical Employers Group
Preparation of the social partners in chemical industry for SD Since 2000 several activities on issues of common interest had been arranged to discuss and evaluate issues for SD Issues were: qualification (Milano 2001, Madrid 2002, Helsinki 2004), industrial policy (Berlin 2001, Madrid 2002, Paris 2003) and Health and Safety (Madrid 2002, Helsinki 2004) Since 2003 these conferences had been organised by ECEG and EMCEF, before they had taken place on invitation of national social partners 7
Biannual Working Plans 1st Working plan 2005/06 Education/ Training / Lifelong Learning Responsible Care Reach and H&S Management in Chemical and Downstream Users Industries Follow-up of the EU enlargement in 2004 and preparations for possible next steps of enlargement 2nd Working plan 2007/08 1st working plan was continued with the addition of Industrial Policy, Competitiveness and Employment 8
Project REACH REACH was the first project of the SD REACH as part of European industrial policy – background and importance for the Chemical Industry in Europe Common position adopted by the third Plenary Meeting on 15 September 2005 in London. Social Partners clarified their position on the suggested legislation Engagement for the improvement of H&S conditions while handling chemical substances in the Chemical Industry 9
Project H&S at workplace Improvement of Health and Safety at the workplace as target for Social Dialogues "Going beyond REACH - Health and Safety: a responsibility for social Partners Main objectives of the project: strengthen the SD in the Member States with particular attention to new Member States Best practices Encourage cross-sector cooperation of Social Dialogues. Contribution to the Lisbon Strategy of the EU by developing recommendations to enhance the quality of employment conditions in the chemical and downstream industries.
11 Project H&S – Outcome Final Report: Occupational and Health Protection at the workplace in respect to chemical substances in the European Union CD-ROM and website Translation in 7 languages available (CZ,DE,EN,ES,FR,HU,IT,PL) A contribution on occupational H&S issues
Project on Restructuring In 2007 and 2008 ECEG and EMCEF have carried out a project on restructuring in the chemical industry Examples of good practise had been discussed Conclusions give recommendations to national social partners how to deal with restructuring 12
Social partners and ECRN R egional differences and cooperation will play a more important role There are other areas of common interest, like skills and qualification or also industrial policy which has an impact on investments and social conditions ECEG and EMCEF are interested in a close cooperation in the future 13
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