Sectoral social dialogue

Since 1998, sectoral dialogue committees have been promoting the dialogue between the social partners in the sectors at European level. The Commission decision of 20 May 1998 – 98/500/EC, sets the rules concerning the establishment, representativeness and work procedures of new sectoral committees, intended as central bodies for consultation, joint initiatives and negotiation.

To date, several sectoral social dialogue committees exist at EU level. They are coordinated on the trade union side by the European Industry Federations. They are an important tool for tackling industry-specific questions at a European level. Almost 300 joint texts have been adopted, including joint opinions and agreements, guidelines and codes of conduct.

For updated information on activities and texts adopted at EU sectoral social dialogue level, please visit the EC Database.

You will find below an overview of recent initiatives developed by some of the European Industry Federations in the framework of Social Dialogue.

 European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Federation (EMCEF)

Social dialogue EMCEF  web page, with direct access to social dialogue committee' developments in the following sectors: chemical, electricity, extractive industry, and gas.
 European Metalworkers’ Federation (EMF-FEM)

EMF social dialogue portal , with direct access to sectors' webpages metal, steel, shipbuilding. 
 European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)

 European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE-CSEE) 
Dedicated website for all education actors in Europe working towards the establishment of a European sectoral social dialogue in Education.

 European Trade Union Federation - Textiles Clothing and Leather (ETUF-TLC/ FSE-THC)

  Portal for the capacity-building of social TCL partners (EURATEX, COTANCE and ETUF:TCL).

 Union Global Union (Europe)
with direct access to sectors' webpages commerce, graphical, hair & beauty, postal, property services, telecom. 
  • 14 March 2008,  Multi-Sectoral Social Dialogue meeting on “Third Party Violence at Work”, Brussels. Sectors involved are: the local and regional government sector, commerce the hospital and private security.