Social Dialogue and Collective Bargaining

“Social dialogue” is a term widely used in Europe to denote all instances of negotiation, joint working or even simple exchange of views between employers’ and workers’ representatives. It is a wider and more inclusive term than “industrial relations” or “collective bargaining.” The latter of course denotes the specific collective negotiation between employers and workers on remuneration and working conditions, for a given sector, company or workplace, resulting in a bargained agreement. This web section is an information resource drawing on the international experience of FIA’s membership regarding collective bargaining at all levels, offering access, among other things, to model clauses and examples of collective agreements.

It is also the gateway to up to date information on FIA’s work within the framework of the sectoral social dialogue at European level.  Sectoral social dialogue is an instrument of EU social policy and industrial relations and consists of negotiations and joint working between the European trade union and employer organisations of a specific sector of the economy. FIA is involved in two sectoral social dialogue committees: the “Live performance” committee and the “Audiovisual” committee. There are more details on the members, key achievements and the ongoing work of these committees in the dedicated sections below. The Commission’s “Vademecum” offers a helpful and comprehensive introduction to social dialogue at EU level.