Website: http://direct-project.org/

Donor institution: European Commission – Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion DG

Total Budget: € 321 321

Geographical area of intervention: International

Role in the project: partner

Partners:

  • Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB)
  • Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA)
  • Cyprus Workers’ Confederation (SEK)
  • Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (United Kingdom)
  • Fondazione Guiseppe di Vittorio (FDV), Italy
  • Szkola Glowna Handlowa w Warszawie, SGH, Poland
  • Institute for the Development of Employee Advancement (IDEAS), Ireland

• To study trends in direct employee participation in six EU member states (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Italy, Poland and the UK) and to identify the main sectors, forms, mechanisms and exiting company framework /or more broad regulations, if such exist;

• To specify similarities and differences in approaches and practices of the direct workers participation in the various countries;

• To study and analyse the relations between forms of direct participation and other forms of employee representation and industrial relations at company level;

• To analyse the impact of direct employee participation on the company strategy, effectiveness and sustainability, labour productivity, social issues at company level, labour relations, working conditions, human resources development;

• To consider how far direct participation can help in facilitating the development of stronger forms of stakeholder governance and contribute towards more sustainable corporate forms;

• To improve the capacity, knowledge and skills of shop-stewards/ workers’ representatives, managers and employers, as well as that of the workers/employees in relation to the use of systems or practices of direct participation in order to enhance the better integration of direct workers participation in the existing systems of industrial relations and to improve the performance of the mechanisms of industrial relations at company level for the protection of workers’ and trade union rights;

• To disseminate the research results and good practices examples among employer and trade union representatives, in order to promote implementation of a model of direct participation that is in line with workers rights and to contribute to upgrading existing social dialogue at company level;

• To develop ideas for establishment and improvement of national legal provisions, which concern the implementation of direct participation in regards to the sustainability of the workers/ employee rights and the process of industrial relations;

• To define ideas for initiatives at EU level (optional framework, policies etc.), to promote good practices of direct workers participation, including a balance between employers’ and workers’ interests.

• Employers’ and workers’ representatives, trade union representatives at workplace, both involved or not involved in the special information and consultation bodies (including EWC);

• Trade union representatives at national, sectoral and regional level

• Employers at national, sectoral and regional level or their representatives, delegated to deal with industrial relation issues;

• Employees and Employers from the surveyed companies  n the framework of the project.

Dimiter Brankov
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1.Establishment of a project Steering Committee, made up of nominated representatives of the national co-applicant organisations, which will be responsible for developing a process and practices for successful project management and monitoring;

2.Carrying out of Research in each partner country on the direct participation in two business sectors (one services sector and one manufacturing sector) through an agreed survey questionnaire, followed by an agreed number of interviews with management and employee representatives in a number of enterprises operating in these business sectors in the participating EU Member States. 

3. Development of National Reports based on the data analysis and research;

4.Organising and carrying out six National Workshops (one in each co-applicant country) for discussion, exchange of experience, capacity building in terms of knowledge and skills of the workers’ representatives and employers, and for collecting suggestions for innovations and improvement of direct participation and social partnership at company level;

5. Carrying out three European seminars involving the project team and some external experts for sharing information, building experience and finding solutions to the issues to be surveyed;

6. Developing and organising a Final International Conference;

7. Developing, translating and publishing a European Comparative Report;

8. Dissemination and mainstreaming activities.

1. Carried out research of the existing literature, previous analysis and survey data related to trends in direct employee participation in six EU member states specifying similarities and differences in approaches and practices of the direct workers participation in the various countries;

2. Data collection at the national level of the processes, mentioned in the project aims and developed National reports on the impact of direct participation in each partner country;

3. Organized and carried out six National Workshops (one in each co-beneficiary country) for discussion, exchange of experience, for capacity building, knowledge and skills of the workers’ representatives and employers and for collecting suggestions for innovations and improvement of the direct employee participation at company level;

4. Organised and carried out three European seminars for sharing information, building experience and finding solutions on the issues to be surveyed;

5. Developed, published and translated in the languages of the co-beneficiaries an European Comparative Report on the impact of Direct participation on the issues defined in the project aims, based on the results of the national research and the exchange of experience and good practice examples between the partners during the national workshops and the European seminars;

6. Organised and carried out a Final International Conference in order to present the results of the research findings; to spread the knowledge and good practice examples to a broader public and other countries/regions and to enhance the mainstreaming of the project results into other national and regional contexts;

7. Developed and maintained web-site of the project - a platform for all stake holders interested in the topics of Information, Consultation and Direct participation;

8. Maintained and improved network for an exchange of experience between the partner countries, other countries and stakeholders in the sphere of information, consultation and employee participation.

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