Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue Programme of the European Union - Directorate- Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Project “INWORK”: A European study to identify and share the best practices of the industrial relations of Craft enterprises sectors: representation beyond administration, the possible leadership of SME.
Total Budget: €143,128.31
Coordinator: Consorzio Unione Artigiani (Italy)
- Carpathian Foundation Slovakia (Slovakia),
- Labour Institute of the General Confederation of Greek Labour (Greece),
- Balkan Middle Class Office (Bulgary),
- Carpathian Foundation Hungary (Hungary),
- Istituto Europeo per lo Sviluppo Socio Economico (Italy),
- Interfusion Services (Cyprus)
The project will aim to improve expertise in industrial relations and to promote the exchange of information among parties actively involved in industrial relations. In particular, the project will deal with industrial relations of Craft enterprises sector and their employees. In particular, the project will aim to realize a study at two different levels. Top-down: to understand the impact of Craft enterprises in the economy. Bottom-up: to identify the best practices of leadership in the representation of craftsmen. Then, an international conference will be organized in Alessandria to present the results of the project.
The project has been elaborated according to the experience of all the partners involved. The partnership is heterogeneous involving organisations linked to industrial relations as: Research centres and institutes, Non-profit making organisations and Craft Unions in order to represent all the target groups and stakeholders and coming from 6 countries: Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Hungary, Greece.
The partners have identified two different target groups: the workforce that is employed in SME and specific categories of workers of Craft enterprises who are represented by trade unions of different sectors.
Finally, the project expected results will be: 1. Identification, collection and analysis of the available best practices of the industrial relations of Craft enterprises in Europe to compare the different situations in the participating countries. 2. Exploitation of the identified best practices to raise the knowledge about the impact of SME’ craft in EU economy and the leadership in the representation of craftsmen work. 3. Organisation of an international conference in Alessandria to present the study results and to share experiences and best practices and involve counterparts, stakeholders and other EU countries.
According to the Call for proposal, the project will aim to improve expertise in industrial relations and to promote the exchange of information among parties actively involved in industrial relations. In particular, the project will deal with industrial relations of Craft. At present, debates on industrial relations and representation of Craft enterprises are focused on administrative aspects: protection and regulation. But, assuming as point of reference the overall competitiveness and growth of the economy, the project aims to investigate the contribution of Craft enterprises to this growth and their impact on the industrial relations and representation on the rest of the economy considering the equality of people respect their work.
In particular, the project will aim to realize a study at two different levels: 1. Top-down: to understand the impact of Craft enterprises in the economy. Statistics about craft enterprises report data only about the employers and not about their employees. Therefore, the project will have an economic approach to reconcile the statistics on Craft enterprises work over the total work (7-35%) with the statistics on employment in SME over the total employment (50 -80 %). 2. Bottom-up: to identify the best practices of leadership in the representation of Craft enterprises work to investigate if the economic reality of employers and employees are getting closer to each other than they are to the rest of the economic actors at a representation level. To identify the best practices, the partners will have to investigate if there are instances of representation of Craft enterprises work showing a positive self-perception and political influence beyond the interests of the individual category and glimpses of work ethic, social responsibility, accountability of work, quality of work, skills.
Then, an international conference will be organized in Alessandria to present the results of the project.
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