Project financed by EU, European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Social Dialogue, Industrial Relations (Agreement number. VS/2014/0530) Duration: December 2014 – December 2016. Project Management: University of Amsterdam (AIAS-HSI). Coordinators: Prof. Dr Evert Verhulp and Dr Nuria. E. Ramos Martín.
International research project 'Dialogue for Advancing Social Europe' (DIADSE).
The research team of the project will carry out a comparative analysis of labour law reforms and social dialogue initiatives in several EU Member States. This project will investigate how the social dimension of Europe both at the supranational and national levels has been affected by the latest socio-economic adjustments and how the EU social model might be re-constructed and advanced through social dialogue. The research team will examine the involvement of the social partners in labour and social reforms at EU Member States level – in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Poland, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal, and Belgium – in light of what have been the effects of those reforms.
The DIADSE research project will investigate the role of the social partners in the reforms of collective bargaining systems and labour protection legislation occurring in several EU Member States and will study to what extent these reforms are efficient in achieving the objectives that they are aiming at: namely, enhanced employability, reduced labour market segmentation, and flexibility. The research will cover the reforms taking place in the last years, since the economic crisis started (2008-2015).
The project applies a juridical analytical framework combined with a qualitative analysis.
For further information on this project, please contact Dr Nuria Ramos Martín, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DIADSE project will examine the role played by social partners in reforming social legislation and
enhancing employability and preserving job quality. Attention will be paid to the impact of national reforms in the areas of employment protection legislation and collective bargaining structures leading to greater flexibility in fixing working conditions, including working time adjustments and setting of wages.
Many of the labour law reforms, adopted by the EU Member States in the last lustrum in the context of the economic crisis, are fighting labour market segmentation and promoting more active employment policies as a response to a paradigm shift from job security to employment security. The research team will focus their analysis on:
The research approach of this project is interdisciplinary, involving a legal analysis of the reforms of employment protection legislation in the relevant EU Member States since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2008 and a qualitative research based on interviews with social partners and policy makers at both national and EU level on the role of social dialogue in the reform of labour market institutions, social protection systems and industrial relations in these EU Member States. The research team will follow a mixed-method approach. The research team of the DIADSE project will use primarily:
The main groups directly concerned by the project are social partners and policy makers around the EU. The project will provide updated information on the involvement of the social partners in the reforms of collective bargaining systems and labour protection legislation occurring in several EU Member States and will examine to what extent these reforms are efficient in achieving the objectives that they are aiming at: namely, enhanced employability, reduced labour market segmentation, and flexibility. Therefore, the action DIADSE aims to promote cross-country share of knowledge and mutual learning on industrial relations and improve the capacity of the social partners to enhance their role in designing reforms of labour and social law that are effective in achieving the pursued objectives of reducing unemployment rates and tackling the duality of the labour market.
The project DIADSE has four transnational dimensions:
A scientific committee is set up for the purpose of monitoring the adequate progress of the research and the organization of diffusion activities. This committee will be integrated by the following persons: Dr. Paul de Beer, Co-Director of the Amsterdams Instituut voor ArbeidsStudies (AIAS) – University of Amsterdam; Prof. Dr. Maarten Keune, Chair in Social Security and Employment Relations and Co-Director of AIAS – UvA and Prof. Dr. Evert Verhulp, Director of the Hugo Sinzheimer Instituut (HSI) and Director of the Department of Labour and Social Security Law - University of Amsterdam.
Apart from the daily management of the research project by the project leader, Professor Verhulp, in collaboration with Dr. Nuria Ramos Martin, as co-coordinator, Prof. Keune and Prof. De Beer are available for consultancy and monitoring of the study. They will comment upon the draft design, provide contacts from their networks if required, and comment upon the draft and final reports.
In three ways the foreseen research, seminars and conference will have added value and will be
The proposed research and information DIADSE action will provide new knowledge on the role of social partners in transforming industrial relations and advancing fundamental social rights. The research team will examine how industrial relations are organised at Member State level and try to identify successful initiatives of the social partners for informing the reforms of labour law and collective bargaining, promoting employment growth and active labour market participation of citizens.
During the research project, the HSI-UvA website: hsi.uva.nl/en will act as the project website. This fully publicly accessible website will be used to provide information about the project to the public at large, and to post documents and information concerning the seminars and main conference. In the follow-up phase, the results of the reports and of the conference will be communicated to trade unionists, employers’ representatives, researchers, representatives of the EU institutions and European social partners, policy makers, journalists and other stakeholders throughout the EU interested in workers’ rights, working conditions, industrial relations, and collective bargaining.
This communication related to the action DIADSE is made by the beneficiaries and it reflects only the author’s view. The Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.