The ECEG has been participating as main or co-beneficiary over the past years at numerous EU projects, which have been receiving a grant by the European Commission. Currently, ECEG is main coordinator of one project.
On 19 January 2018, European social partners of the chemical industry, industriAll European trade union and the European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) launched their new social partner project. The project will deal with “The impact of innovation and digital transformation in the workplace: a sector-specific study of the European chemical, pharmaceutical, rubber and plastics industry”.
Based on an EU-wide research survey and expert interviews, project partners aim to formulate a social partner joint action plan as to how to anticipate, prepare and manage change in the workplace as a result of innovation and digital transformation in three domains: skills, working patterns and health & safety.
Over a period of 24 months, 16 experts out of 8 EU Member States will steer the project, each bringing their specific sectoral knowledge and experience from national trade unions and employer associations in the areas of social dialogue, digital transformation and employment policy.
A stakeholder conference is envisaged for 18-19 October in Tallinn, Estonia.
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Intensifying global competition, the economic crisis, demographic developments, technological progress, climate change, energy costs, and shift in work patterns, are having a serious impact on competitiveness and employment in the chemical sector. After 10 years of existence, the SSDC for the European Chemical Industry takes the opportunity to step up its commitment to social dialogue via a joint Roadmap for 2015 – 2020.
The action built around the following aspects:
Launched in December 2015, the project is managed by the ECEG, industriAll Europe, and FECCIA, representing the chemical sector within the EU 28. The project aims to encourage young workers who look for employment opportunities in the chemical industry to increase their voluntary mobility to seek job opportunities across Europe. The focus lies on offering these workers qualified support through a dedicated mentoring network, supported by both employees and employers, to help them to improve their working life.
The project includes a Mobility Mentoring Portal (MMP), a collation of current mobility patterns, an E-handbook for mentors, four Mobility Mentoring Workshops (MMW) and two international conferences.
ECEG, industriAll Europe and FECCIA carried out a demographic study and showed that there is a large unutilized potential of female workers in the chemical industry which is set to grow even more in the future. The findings of this project are intended to help companies, associations and national governments from the EU 28 to develop appropriate strategies, such as combining training opportunities, jobs and careers with raising children and the increasing need to look after elderly parents and other family members, to achieve equal participation of women in the European chemical industry.
Brochure “Case studies and best practices”, by Ana Isabel Martinez Garcia, SYNDEX, December 2013.
ECEG and industriAll Europe aimed to set up a European sector council on employment and skills needs for the chemical sector. As a preparatory task, they carried out two workshops on skills anticipation in their sector: the first aimed at mapping existing observatories at national level, exchanging on best practices and bringing together experts on skills anticipation for the first time; the second asked more concrete questions about whether to set up a sector skills council at EU level. The feasibility study was conducted and finalised in 2013.
This agreement on job competences and training covering the chemical sector in all 27 European Union countries is the first of its type in the chemical industry and only the second across all European sectors related to training, education and lifelong learning. This is a vivid example as to how both trade unions and employers’ organisations in the chemical sector have worked to help businesses and workforces through the global economic crisis and build a platform for sustainable growth. Main drivers in the negotiation of this agreement included future needs for good training and skilled workers in times of demographic changes and ageing workforce.
Anticipating demographic risks and preparing to tackle this challenge is a key issue for the future of a sustainable European chemical industry.
Framework agreement, April 2011
Addendum, October 2015
Demographic change is one of the main issues for the highly-specialised chemical industry in Europe. The age structure of employees in the chemical sector is very different from the age structure of the active working population. The study entitled ‘The effects of demographic change on the chemical industry in Europe’ commissioned collectively by the main European chemical industry associations, the European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Federation (EMCEF), the European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) and the ‘Fédération Européenne des Cadres de la Chimie et des Industries annexes’ (FECCIA, European Federation of Managerial Staff in the Chemical and Allied Industries) showed that there will be a serious impact on the chemical industry if it does not succeed in increasing the employment quota of older workers.
In this project, the impact of demographic change on the chemical industry in Europe is studied in seven countries: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. The presentation starts with a demographic overview, followed by a brief analyses of both national and regional demographic developments in each of the above mentioned countries. Finally, national labour supply of the Chemical Industry is studied and projected onto the demographic structure in 2030.
Brochure “The Impact of Demographic Change on the Chemical Industry in Europe”, by Thusnelda Tivig, Daniel Eggert, Claudia Korb, 2010.
The project was managed by the ECEG in partnership with the European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Federation (EMCEF) and a number of national European social partners of the chemical industry. ECEG received financial support for the project from the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
This report was prepared in the frame of the EU Project “Improvement of Health and Safety at the workplace as target for social dialogues”. One of the main objectives of the project was to strengthen the social dialogue in the Member States (MS) with particular attention to new MS and to encourage cross-sector cooperation of Social Dialogue. The project in this perspective also contributed to the objectives of the Lisbon Strategy of the European Union by developing recommendations to enhance the quality of employment conditions in the chemical and downstream industries.
Joint position “REACH: Safety and Workability”, October 2006.
You can find further information by visiting the library which comprises work programmes, agendas, minutes and other documentation from the sectoral social dialogue committee.