To support capacity building for collective bargaining in the services sector, BARSERVICE seeks to provide a complex analysis of industrial relations in the services sector in 9 countries (6 EU Member States and 3 Candidate Countries). Knowing the current situation, its challenges, and opportunities is the prerequisite for improvements in bargaining processes and coverage. The project will map the structure of collective agreements (which companies have them and what is their content), involvement of unions and employers’ organizations, opinions and views of the social partners regarding (sectoral) collective bargaining, organizing rates, and obstacles to organizing, the power position of trade unions and strategies to combat undeclared work in the service sector. The project will focus specifically on several areas of services: commerce, finance, social care, and publishing. Combining a quantitative and qualitative analysis, BARSERVICE will equally focus on the challenges that the services sector faces in terms of transforming under and emerging from digital and green transitions, especially in the case of social care, the impact of Covid-19 on working conditions, and bargaining. An important aspect of the project will be uncovering the likelihood and incidence of undeclared work and strategies to mitigate it and support declared work via decent working conditions and collective bargaining. The changing economic and labor market context in services after COVID-19 has increased the urgency for social partners to find joint approaches and stimulate mutual learning to find suitable solutions across EU member states and at the EU level to secure improvements in bargaining and bargaining coverage. The project places a high priority on mutual exchange, co-creation, and interactive learning tools among social partners between those member states that have more developed collective bargaining already and those where bargaining in services needs to be enhanced and strengthened.
Project Coordinator: STREDOEUROPSKY INSTITUT PRE VYSKUM PRACE – CENTRAL EUROPEAN LABOR STUDIES INSTITUTE (CELSI)
· STICHTING LOONWIJZER/WAGEINDICATORFOUNDATION – WIF
· UNI-EUROPA ASSOCIATION – UNI EUROPA
· DOKUZ EYLUL UNIVERSITY OF IZMIR – DOKUZ EYLUL UNIVERSITY OF IZMIR
· ACADEMIA DE STUDII ECONOMICE DIN BUCURESTI – ASE Bucuresti
· INSTITUT ZA RAZVOJ I MEDUNARODNE ODNOSE – IRMO
· EKONOMSKI FAKULTET, UNIVERZITET U BEOGRADU