Social Dialogue and Collective Bargaining

At the end of the course the students will
have a good understanding of the actors, processes and regulations regarding collective bargaining ;
have a good knowledge of national models of bargaining and key trends in collective bargaining ; have a thorough understanding and knowledge of the ILO Standards and the EU legislation regarding social dialogue ; be able to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of the regulations and practices regarding the European social dialogue.

Social dialogue and collective bargaining are key elements of the European Social Model. Collective bargaining has been recognized as a fundamental social right at international and EU level, while a strong social dialogue is a core EU objective. They give employer and workers representatives a key role in the regulation of the labour market at European and national level. This course deals with the regulation and processes of social dialogue and collective bargaining at both levels. In this course, attention will be paid to the relevant EU provisions and to the respective case law of the European Court of Justice. Also, a comparative analysis of the national legal-institutional setting of industrial relations and collective bargaining systems of several EU Member States will be provided. In this course, the student will acquire a thorough understanding of the relevant EU-rules and processes and will be able to undertake a comparative analysis of the collective bargaining systems in various EU Member States.

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