Unionisation and the twin transition

The aim of the study „Unionisation and the twin transition. Good practices in collective action and employee involvement” was to provide the Members of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) of the European Parliament with a broad overview and specific examples of good practices concerning social dialogue, collective bargaining, and employee involvement in the workplace in the twin transition context.

Digitalisation and the transition to a climate-neutral economy are transforming the EU economy and labour markets. They affect workplaces, including work content, working conditions, new skills requirements and access to social dialogue. Green and digital transitions can affect workers both positively and negatively, and their shape depends to a great extent on inclusive and well-thought-out policy-making.

The study „Unionisation and the twin transition. Good practices in collective action and employee involvement” provides a synthesis of the existing research on the twin transition impacts on the labour market (Chapter 1) as well as an update on the state-of-play and specificities of social dialogue in response to the challenges stemming from digitalisation and greening, including good practice examples of national or sectoral initiatives targeted at and delivered by trade unions (Chapter 2). The publication includes also a case study analysis of establishment-level good practice examples of employee involvement in (digital and/or green) technology adoption processes (Chapter 3), and an overview of the main legislative and policy measures adopted at the EU level to foster employee involvement (Chapter 4). The concluding part of the study (chapter 5) includes a set of recommendations which can inform future policy-making aimed at achieving a just and sustainable twin transition.

The study is based on triangulated results obtained from a literature review (including academic literature, applied research reports, policy documents, collective agreements, social partners’ positions, etc.) and primary data collected for this publication.

The study „Unionisation and the twin transition. Good practices in collective action and employee involvement” was prepared by CASE and Visionary Analytics as part of the project “Best practices in unionisation, collective bargaining and employee involvement in the green and digital sectors and the green and digital transitions”.

 

 

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Authors:

Jan BEDNORZ, Visionary Analytics

Audronė SADAUSKAITĖ, Visionary Analytics

Jan CZARZASTY, CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research

Barbara SURDYKOWSKA, CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research

 

With contributions from:

Andrea GIMENO-SOLAZ, Visionary Analytics

Agnieszka KULESA, CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research

Dominik OWCZAREK, CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research

Boris NAJMAN, CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research