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.