By the EESC Workers' Group

Collective bargaining, despite being one of the cornerstones of industrial relations in Europe, varies wildly among the Member States, with varying degrees of coverage and protection of workers.

It is part of the process of social dialogue, which is also one of the priorities of the Spanish presidency of the EU Council. The Workers' Group is working closely with the Spanish government on this, particularly through the 'Green Collective Bargaining' and 'Democracy at Work' opinions, issues that will be discussed at the High Level event on Social Dialogue in Santiago de Compostela on 21 and 22 September 2023, organised by the Spanish presidency.

The Workers' Group will be discussing the importance of social dialogue and collective bargaining on 20 September, and also expects to gain a better understanding of and provide clarity on the complex picture of collective bargaining at EU level through the study it is carrying out, which is open for expressions of interest until 8 September here.