The present comparative study explores the state of play and the outlooks of industrial relations and social dialogue in six new EU Member States and a candidate country during the post-crisis recovery period. The recent trends cover the period between 2012 and the end of 2016, while future development is projected in the short- and medium run.
The report is powered by a methodology which was developed in a collaborative and coordinated way with partner institutions from Bulgaria (Center for Economic Development CED), Croatia (Institute for Development and International Relations IRMO), Czech Republic (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs RILSA), Estonia (University of Tartu-CASS), FYR of Macedonia (Centre for Research and Policy Making CRPM), Poland (Institute of Public Affairs IPA), Romania (Institute for Public Policy IPP). This was also used for developing the national studies on industrial relations in the relevant countries in the same period.
The use of a consistent methodology results in a uniform design of the national reports and in the application of coherent research approaches, certainly adapted to national specificities. They included desktop research of information and key publications by the most prominent national institutions and experts working in the area of industrial relations. The national studies were informed by analyses and research papers from all major worker and employer organisations in all participating countries.
Highly valuable information on industrial relations trends in CEE in general and the relevant countrues in particular comes inter alia from the studies conducted by the European Commission and by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND).
The sources of statistical information included EUROSTAT, national banks, national statistical offices, and the relevant ministries and state agencies in the participating countries.
The present report builds on the researchers’ studies and analysis of industrial relations and social dialogue in Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, FYR of Macedonia, and Poland which crystalized in the reports developed in the framework of the project titled ‘The Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Industrial Relations National Systems: Policy Responses as Key Recovery Tools’ (2011-2012, Reference VP/2011/001).