Independent workers and industrial relations in Europe. The social dialogue between traditional and innovative forms of collective representation – I-WIRE

The number of independant workers is growing rapidely within the European labour market. Are their specificities adequately addressed in the industrial relations?

I-WIRE is a research project that aims at analyzing in a comparative perspective the emergent market-based and association-based regulation regimes of new autonomous workers in the EU. The focus will be both on the protection offered and on the capability to reach these goals through social dialogue.

Partners of the projects are currently:
– mapping the international experiences and the co-ordination forms and practices , through desk analysis and country case studies which will focus on the role of trade Unions, quasi-Unions and labour market intermediairies. Nine national case studies will be based on focus groups and in-depth interviews to identify needs and constraints of the various stakeholders, as well as on good practices ;
– designing a transnational web-survey to assess the types and needs of new autonomous workers as well as their links with traditional unions and new representation oranizations.

The results will be discussed and analyzed with representatives of industrial relations actors, to spell out analytical results, empirical insights and policy recommendations.

Start date: 31/03/2016

Finish date: 30/03/2018

Financing: European Commission – DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (Agreement number VS/2016/0149)

Responsable researcher: Antonio Martín Artiles

Team: Oscar Molina, Alejandro Godino

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