Brussels asks to extend the social dialogue to the ‘riders’ and new forms of employment


The European Comission has asked this Wednesday the governments of the EU that broaden the scope of social dialogue to include new and ‘atypical’ forms of work, such as platform workers, known as ‘riders’. In this way, Brussels intends to update and adapt the framework of this tool to the current context. The Economic Vice President, Valdis Dombrovskis, and the Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, coincided in highlighting, in a joint press conference, that the EU is facing a period of great transition and transformation of the labor landscape in which a reinforcement of the social dialogue is necessary.

Both have also warned of the accused decline in union membership and they have warned that some sectors even lack a complete social dialogue, while youth, platform workers and the self-employed are the groups least likely to be represented.

The measures advocated by Brussels

In this context, Brussels has urged Member States to strengthen social dialogue and collective bargaining at the national level, by ensuring stakeholder consultation on the design and implementation of economic policies, encouraging social partners to explore new forms of work and non-standard employment, and to report widely on the benefits of social dialogue and on the collective agreements that have been established.

It also advocates allow increasing the capacity of workers’ and employers’ organizations, ensuring that they have access to relevant information Y secure support of national governments. “The objective of this package is to promote social dialogue throughout Europe, taking into account national diversities and its functioning in the different Member States”, explained Schmit, who has insisted that social dialogue is a “key” tool for stabilize the economy.

Other measures proposed by Brussels go through modernize the European social dialogue frameworksupport the agreements of the social partners, strengthen the participation of the social partners in the elaboration of European policies or increase the effectiveness of the technical and financial support of the EU to the social partners.

In addition, the Community Executive has asked the social partners that they negotiate and conclude more agreements and improve affiliation and the representation of trade unions and employers’ organizations, while it has pledged to continue promoting social dialogue on an international scale. The Member States will now have to discuss the proposal and, if approved in the Council, it will invite the Commission to present a series of measures whose implementation will be monitored in the context of the European Semester.

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