The Collaborative Laboratory for Labour, Employment and Social Protection mobilises resources from academia, companies, public administration and social and solidarity economy organisations, with a view to gleaning a more in-depth understanding of the present and foreseeable problems in three central areas of activity: a) work and employment; b) social protection; and c) the social and solidarity economy. More >>

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Decent work and collective bargaining

The debate around the Decent Work Agenda is one of the most relevant political moments of the present decade, whose guidelines will help to define the course of labour reforms, with social and economic implications that will be projected into the future, with collective bargaining to assume an unavoidable centrality in the aforementioned Agenda.

Collective bargaining is a valuable tool for business management, as useful to employers as to workers, which can solve or mitigate in advance numerous conflicts, obstacles and contingencies of business and labour activity, in areas as diverse as the organization of working time, geographic and functional mobility or career progression.

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Labour, employment and social protection were conceived politically in the post-war period within the framework of economic policies aimed at full employment and social policies based on the mutualisation of risk protection (with public guarantee) linked to unemployment, illness and ageing.

Nowadays, in a context of further economic, technological, and demographic changes, heightened international economic and financial integration the correlation between work, employment, and social protection as we know it seems to be at risk. The concomitant vulnerabilities of the employment and social protection regimes with the ensuing reshaping of inequalities and the appearance of new societal risks, constitutes the problem which motivates and justifies the creation of CoLABOR.

CoLABOR aims to:

  • Mobilise and expand the knowledge that is now spread across different types of organisation in order to devise (public and organisational) policy responses to the current and emerging problems in the fields of work, employment and social protection;
  • Capacitate public administration, companies, and social and solidarity economy organisations, strengthening analytic and intervention tools, instruments to help anticipate technological and socio-economic changes, and tools to support decision-making both on a micro level – regarding technological reconfigurations, management and organisation methods – and on a macro level – on institutions that regulate new technologies, labour relations, and social protection;
  • Qualify employment by training managers and creating scientific employment, directly through engagement in CoLABOR activities, and indirectly at organisations where CoLABOR is asked to intervene.
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