Marta Kahancova invited speaker in the Thematic Liaison Forum "15 Years of EU Sectoral Social Dialogue – Quo Vadis?"
Published on March 17, 2014
Marta Kahancova explained the pillars of the European social model of industrial relations (developed by Streeck 1992; Traxler 2002; Visser 2006), which help to assess the quality of industrial relations across the EU member states. She stated that EU enlargement brought growing diversity, e.g. through the comparatively lower level of bargaining coordination in the new member states. After having assessed the challenges and implications of this diversity in industrial relations, she assessed the interactions between the national and the EU-level developments in sectoral social dialogue. She concluded that the challenge would consist in strengthening the 'missing link' of sectoral-level bargaining coordination in the new member states, through capacity building, in particular on employers' side. Despite the missing link and the diversity across the EU, integration of social partners in EU-level social dialogue structures would raise their motivation and commitment through showing clear benefits to social partners of their operation in both the national and European dimensions.