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Luxembourg: New report examines characteristics of social sector and social dialogue

September 17, 2019

Luxembourg: New report examines characteristics of social sector and social dialogue

The report outlines the main characteristics of the social services sector in Luxembourg. It also focuses on the different actors involved in social dialogue and collective bargaining agreements in the sector.


The social services sector (together with health services) in Luxembourg represents about 11% of the total workforce in the country. Thanks to state support and the development of specific long-term care insurance schemes, the labor force of the sector constantly grew over the last decade.

The social services labour force is female dominated and very diversified, with employees being both Luxembourgish and non-Luxembourgish residents and a large share of transborder employees coming from the three neighbouring countries, Germany, France and Belgium.

Social Dialogue in the sector is described as well developed.

The most important Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) in the sector is the CLA for employees in the care and support sector. This CLA is signed by the two trade union federations OGBL and LCGB on the one hand and by the three employers’ organisations, COPAS, FEDAS and EJMG. It regulates labour and employment relations in a comprehensive way and covers 100% of the employees in the sector, as it has been extended by a legislative decree.

Read the full report in English here 

This report was published within the framework of the PESSIS+ project, supported by the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). The aim of the research done within PESSIS+ is to redress the lack of qualitative and quantitative data on labour and social dialogue issues in the social services sector, from the perspective of employers.

Find out more about the PESSIS+ project here.

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