The paper presents and discusses the results of a research supported by the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) concerning the implementation of occupational welfare schemes across Europe by means of social dialogue. Information was collected through the review of secondary sources, a first-hand examination of collective agreements, and in-depth study of companies located in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Spain and Sweden. The research adopted a broad conceptualization of occupational welfare, encompassing measures consisting in cash benefits, services or benefits in kind, and changes in work organisation as well. In so doing, the research looks at occupational welfare as a field of intervention that provides new opportunities for social dialogue and collective bargaining to implement juridical-organizational regulations consistent with a high-road approach to competitiveness and thus capable of meeting both the organization requirements for greater competitiveness and the individuals’ needs related to the quality of working life and work-life balance. The research results contribute to increasing the knowledge base concerning the implementation of occupational welfare practices in different European industrial relations systems. In all the cases under examination occupational welfare operates at best as a compensation for workers’ acceptance of the company requirements for greater flexibility and productivity, rather than as a part of a win-win negotiation strategy aimed at changing the work organization so that to meet jointly the long-term competitive organizational aims and the individuals’ needs. In light of that, the paper concludes by highlighting some conditions necessary to direct occupational welfare programmes towards a high-road pathway.
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|Titolo:||Executive Summary [Going Up the High Road: Rethinking the Role of Social Dialogue to Link Welfare and Competitiveness agreement no. vs/2013/0349. Final Report]|
|Autori:||Curzi, Ylenia; Senatori, Iacopo|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Mese di pubblicazione:||Marzo|
|Collana:||QUADERNI FONDAZIONE MARCO BIAGI|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Working paper|
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