The project WIM3 will help to deepen the understanding in participating countries of an importance of workers' participation schemes, and will serve employers' and workers' representatives as a tool to exchange know-how and experience. It will be helpful to familiarize all relevant stakeholders with EU law and policies, as well as serve as a facilitator for new developments to prepare/improve new/existing legislation on employee involvement, taking into account EU law and policies.
ZDS is actively involved in several international and Slovene projects as the project manager and as a partner. Regularly, we are applying for new projects for foreign and domestic competitions. The projects presented are an important channel of international lobbying and for gaining new knowledge.
Changing traditional mindset through collective agreements in the western Balkans – The role of social partners in enabling work-family reconciliation and gender equality
The promotion of reconciliation of work-family life and legislation in this field has become a necessity for a range of reasons. Measures traditionally originate from gender equality concerns. They also support the economy as they facilitate the participation of individuals in paid work, can have a positive effect on fertility rates, and can also boost pension systems. For all of these reasons reconciliation has become an increasingly important topic.
Improving knowledge on the impact of central- and Eastern European social partners on competitive labour market reforms facing the global crisis
The financial and economic crisis had a strong and persistent impact on the European economy. As a response to these circumstances, European countries introduced different measures to change the labour code to mitigate the negative labour market effects of the economic downturn and increase competitiveness of Europe. Labour law measure were core elements of these changes and were observably adjusted in many European countries. The labour market reforms often affect the quality of collective bargaining.
Tourism is people: working together for strong social dialogue in the tourism and hospitality sector
TH sector is one of the largest and most dynamic growth industries in today’s global economy. However, this sector is often characterized by many problems and difficult working conditions. To continue its sustainable growth for the benefit of employers, workers and the world economy, the problems should be taken into account. This project will address them, particularly through social dialogue that builds on openness, trust and the involvement of the main stakeholders. Within this project social partners at national level will be informed about the importance of the European level social dialogue where their voice can be heard by the national and European authorities.
On the basis of successfully implemented project “WIM: Workers involvement for better and sustainable management in undertakings in Slovenia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia”, which identified the current situation and existing legislation on employee involvement in undertakings in Candidate Countries, as well as initiated actions to familiarise the social partners and actors at company level with the content of EU law on employee involvement, project partners expressed their interest to participate in the follow-up project WIM 2. The project WIM 1 opened some interesting issues in the companies and directed them to address employees’ involvement as an integral part of their corporate policies.
Arguments for gender balance in economic decision-making focus on three levels. At the macro or societal level, gender balance in decision-making is desirable because of arguments for social justice and gender equality. At the opposite end, at the micro or individual level, the debate has centred around individual rights for women and the need to dismantle glass ceilings and achieve parity for pay.
Strong TLC: strong partnership for an enhanced social dialogue in the textile, clothing and leather sector in Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia
The project will contribute to integrating social partner organizations in participating countries and support future activities in the frame of European social dialogue, with a view to strengthen the capacity of social partners in social dialogue both at national and European level.
A model for measures aimed at reducing the risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases within the workplace health promotion programme
The objective of the project entitled "A model for measures aimed at reducing the risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases within the workplace health promotion programme" is to maintain and enhance employee physical and mental health, improve employee lifestyle and reduce employee risk taking, raise health awareness of employees, employers and the general public and disseminate good practice for management of health-related absenteeism, presenteeism and turnover.
Following an invitation to tender for co-financing the projects of social partners for the years 2013 and 2014 the Association of Employers of Slovenia (ZDS) was awarded the project entitled "Negotiation skills training – training of negotiators in collective bargaining" in August 2013. The project is aimed at strengthening the capacities of employers to comprehensively train the negotiators to take into account the importance of all categories of collective agreements in the conclusion of collective agreements and pursue the establishment of a flexible and competitive economy. The project partner is the Association of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia.