Name:Analyses of social dialogue and flexible forms of work in selected EU countries
Project leader:Mgr. Aleš Kroupa
Provider:Svaz průmyslu a dopravy ČR
Team member:PhDr. Štěpánka Lehmann, Ph.D. , Ing. Soňa Veverková
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Start of project:2011
End of project:2012
Project recipient:RILSA
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1. Analysis of Social Dialogue Systems in Selected EU Countries. The purpose of the part of this project was to work out analytical studies on national systems of social dialogue and collective bargaining in selected European countries (Slovakia, Austria, Poland, France, United Kingdom, Ireland). Based on these national monographs, built according to a pre-defined uniform structure depicting development in recent ten to fifteen years, a general comparison of system components has been drawn, including:
a)Legislative framework of social dialogue and collective bargaining; b) Social partnership system; c) System of employee interest representation; e) Representation of employee interests at work; f) Tripartite social dialogue and impact of tripartite bargaining on the social and economic sphere; g) Bipartite bargaining and its capacity; h) State support of collective bargaining; i) System barriers preventing collective bargaining development.
The study has been supplemented with an analysis of multinational negotiations and bargaining for multinational collective agreements. The topic is rather lesser known, however, in view of the growing operation of multinational companies its potential is relatively significant.

2. Analysis of flexible forms of work in selected EU countries. The aim of the project was to assess, based on the international comparison, a potential for implementing relevant measures leading to an increase in flexibility in the Czech Republic. The countries selected for the international comparison were Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Slovenia and Slovakia. Labour markets in these countries were analysed, especially with regard to application of flexible forms of work and their effect on employment, or non-employment, labour productivity and enhancement of company competitiveness. Moreover, the legislative regulation of flexible forms of work has been analysed. Findings of a secondary analysis of information sources and literature (both at the general level and for each selected country) had been used for preparing a detailed outline according to which national experts worked out national studies. The subsequent international comparison and evaluation of use of flexible forms of work in the selected countries and their potential implementation in the context of the Czech Republic was carried out using a SWOT analysis. Findings discovered, namely possibilities of their implementation in the Czech context, were put to discussions among representatives of employers, employees and the state. Recommendations and main barriers have been identified as far as the potential implementation of selected proposals in the context of the Czech Republic is concerned.