On 2 December, the Social Employers participated in the kick-off meeting of a new project they are partner of, the Sowell (Social dialogue in welfare services) project. The meeting was hosted online by the project coordinator, the University of Milan’s Department for Social and Political Sciences.
The two-year project is co-financed by the European Commission (DG Employment) and brings together seven partners from different EU countries, mostly research institutions, plus the EU social partners in social services: the Social Employers and EPSU.
Sowell will examine employment relations, the labour market and social actors in European care services and will focus on two specific sub-sectors: early childhood education and care (ECEC) and long-term care (LTC).
The project will look at the labour market in care services at national level in 6 countries: Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the Slovak Republic and Spain. It will examine the overall structure and characteristics of the labour market and map how it is regulated in terms of working conditions.
A second objective is to look at the employment relations in care services at national level in the same countries, in terms of the main characteristics of employment relations system and social dialogue institutions, including a mapping of all actors involved on the unions’ and on the employers’ side.
Sowell will also analyse the European arena of care services, its actors and initiatives, with a focus on European sectoral social dialogue. A report will focus on how sectoral social dialogue is evolving, which topics the social partners treat as a priority, and what the formal and informal relationships between the European and national social dialogue are.
The Social Employers will work on this project in close cooperation with the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and the University of Milan. The Social Employers will offer support in identifying and providing relevant information and documentation for the EU-level report and make use of their EU-wide network, identifying possible experts that could contribute to the research. The Social Employers will also contribute to the dissemination of project findings.
Read more about Sowell here.