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December 2018

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About DIRESOC

DIRESOC (Digitalisation and Restructuring: Which Social Dialogue?) is a research project funded by the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion), that aims to better understand the impact of digitalisation on companies’ restructuring and social dialogue in European societies.
 
The project is led by the LENTIC (HEC-University of Liège) and carried out by 9 partners from 8 different EU countries: Belgium (University of Liège), Bulgaria (European Labour Institute and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), France (Association Travail Emploi Europe Société), Germany (Arbeitsforschung und Transfer e.V.), Italy (Fondazione Giuseppe Di Vittorio), Portugal (Universidade de Lisboa) , Spain (Fundación 1° de Mayo), and Sweden (Gothenburg University).
 
With a focus on tourism, bank and insurance, postal and logistics, and manufacturing sectors, the research team plans to capture developments and policies set up at a national level to address the challenges of digitalisation and the implementation of new technologies. Researchers have also to map the impact of these policies on business, employment, and working conditions. In order to do this, they will conduct a literature review, interviews with experts, a transnational survey, and several country case studies.
 
In assessing the capacity of social dialogue to anticipate and manage the social impact of restructuring, DIRESOC aims at identifying inspiring solutions for the fruitful participation of social partners, as well as improving the expertise and knowledge on industrial relations at EU level, revealing convergences and differences between the participating EU member states.

The kick-off meeting of DIRESOC took place on February 28, 2018, in Brussels. 
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First Workshop in Madrid

The first transnational seminar of the DIRESOC project took place in Madrid on September 18 at Fundación 1° de Mayo. It gathered 40 participants from academia, trade unions and business, who took part in stimulating, intense, and fruitful discussions.
 
First, the workshop presented the preliminary results of the first work package (WP1), focusing on the national reports addressing the situation in the eight countries covered by the research.
 
Then, the partners presented an analysis of the investigations conducted in the four sectors covered in the different countries: manufacturing industry in Germany, banking sector in Italy, logistics and parcel delivery sector in Spain, tourism sector in Sweden.
 
The final discussion presented the views of the social partners in Spain in the four sectors: chemical industry, logistics, bank sector, and tourism.

Read the full review.

WP1: Literary review and experts' interviews

The first work package of the project is dedicated to the "state of the art" among the eight countries covered by the DIRESOC project. A transversal analysis highlights the common features but also the national and/or sectoral peculiarities of the impact of digitalisation on the restructuring processes and on the way social dialogue is facing them. The eight national reports and their transversal analysis are presented here.

WP2: Transnational survey

The DIRESOC partners are currently involved in the second work package of the project, i.e. the launching of an European survey. Targeting the social partners from the 4 sectors covered by DIRESOC, it aims to better understand to what extend they are ready to manage the potential future impacts digitalisation might have on restructuring and social dialogue. The survey will be dispatched around March 2019.
News & Events
Dr. Vassil Kirov appointed member of a EU high-level expert group

Dr. Vassil Kirov, Associate Professor from the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Science and a member of the DIRESOC team, was selected by the European Commission to be part of the High-Level Expert Group on the Impact of the Digital Transformation on EU Labour Markets. This group will advise the EC on how to shape the transformation and how to identify potential social impacts of digitalisation. The kick-off meeting of the Expert Group took place on September 18, 2018, in Brussels.
Joint declaration on the impact of digitalisation in the banking sector

European social partners for the banking sector signed on November 30 a new "Joint declaration on the impact of digitalisation on employment", which addresses the effects on employment of digitalisation and automation processes in the sector. The declaration focuses on data protection and privacy, training and competence development, healthy working conditions and work-life balance, as well as social dialogue. Click here to read the full declaration.
 
Agenda
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