ACTIVITY 1: setting up new EWCs in transport.
PILLAR ONE: HOW TO NEGOTIATE AN EWC AGREEMENT? LAW AND GOOD PRACTICES
During this activity, participants were divided according to their sector of origin in order to stick to their day-to-day realities and to reach a reasonable size for working groups. Three meetings were organized:
- Civil aviation including ground handling companies, airlines and airports
- Maritime sector including seafarers and port authorities
- Road transport, rail and truck transport of passenger, freight and public transportation where applicable
During Civil aviation and Maritime and ports meetings, Bruno Demaitre, Education officer for the European Trade Union Institute, joined to share.
Participants are transport company level representatives (elected by workers and/or nominated by trade unions) and trade union officers.
The objective of this pillar is to provide information on the national and European legislations that rule workers participation and EWCs.
At the end of the meeting, participants are encouraged to adopt work plans in order to launch the EWC negotiation processes.
PILLAR TWO: ON THE SPOT SUPPORT AND ADVICE BY EXPERTS TO LAUNCH THE PROCESSES, SET UP SNBS AND START NEGOTIATIONS.
The objective of Pillar two is to advise workers representatives and trade unions at all stages of the negotiation processes and ensure their development towards signing new EWC agreements. The ETF and Syndex experts will be “on call” i.e. answering to ad hoc requests by any SNB requesting support.
PILLAR THREE: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE: STATE OF PLAY OF NEGOTIATIONS
The objective of Pillar three is to analyze the content and state of play of EWC agreements drafts and to identify new best practices from participants. Assessment of negotiations and / or agreements will be carried out during the sessions in order to share knowledge and solutions. One meeting by sector will be organized.
ACTIVITY 2: Strengthening workers ‘effective participation in transport companies future
Depending on the definition of “transport” or the company’s main activity, there are currently between 29 and 39 EWCs in place in transport (e.g.: UPS, Stef, Gefco, Keolis, Transdev, Air France- KLM. Deutche Bahn, XPO, Geopost, Kühne & Nagel, Hapag Lloyd, DP World, Scandlines, Easyjet, LSG skychefs, TUI, Thomas Cook, Aviapartner).
A significant number of them face concrete issues to carry out information-consultation of workers. Others are looking for innovative working methods to better anticipate change and influence decision-making processes by management.
PILLAR ONE: ADOPTING AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE
- a) The 2009/38/EC Directive is an asset. However, the 2015 study reveals that a significant number of EWC members do not use the rights recognised to them. Thanks to the recast of the directive, agreements should specify the articulation between national and European levels. This activity will so aim at a) encouraging EWC agreements re-negotiations to be in line with the 2009 Directive and b) identifying future training needs for any newly SNB/ EWC appointed person.
- b) Assessing the sector trends: Syndex will carry out a desk research to analyse the European trends in the transport sector to facilitate the anticipation of change (6 days desk research).
- c) Connecting EWCs and European Social Dialogue Committees: can EWCs and SDC feed each other to be more efficient?
- d) How to improve training of EWC members? Participants will identify possible recommendations to improve current practices and standards.
- e) Using legal tools: Introduction to directive 2014/95/EU on the disclosure of non- financial and diversity information by certain large undertakings and groups. How can EWC members influence sustainability reports (economic, social but also environmental issues) to make them become more reliable?
ACTIVITY 3: Dissemination
A report will be drafted for each activity. On this basis, an overall report will be produced for the final conference.
- A booklet will be drafted to disseminate good practices and ETF recommendations.
- A final conference (70) with major achievements (new EWC agreements signed, booklet presentation, social network presentation) will gather all sectors covered by ETF.
- A training program framework will be drafted and circulated to all representatives joining an SNB or EWC for the first time. This document will have a major impact regarding its multiplier effect because it will set up a four years training process (usual length of mandates) to the benefit all new SNB/ EWC member.