Dialogue between management and labour
The particular responsibility of employers and employees has
been referred to on many occasions. In its action programme, the Commission
suggests two ways in which management and labour can create a Europe of
industrial relations. At European level, the social dialogue should cover
subjects of general internal market policy, such as social security, equality of
treatment, training and further training. It is also considered desirable that
contacts be decentralised to the sectoral level. In this way, the agreements
reached during the Val Duchesse discussions could be fleshed out and implemented
at the level of Member States, branches or particularly affected areas.
In view of the considerable changes faced by economies in the
industrial technological and social spheres, the two sides of industry have an
important part to play in regulating the process of completing the internal
market. Management and labour must recognise that they share the responsibility
for dealing with these changes. This must also be accepted at sectoral level.
Both sides of industry must overcome any internal differences and
inconsistencies. The Commission cannot be expected to do this. As the
representatives of employers and employees organisations are partly
responsible for shaping the social dimension, it is imperative that they break
with old traditions and learn to think in new ways.
An intensive exchange of ideas between management and labour,
governments and the Commission can be beneficial in this