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Title: Working conditions and social dialogue — Belgium
Authors: Vael, Thomas
Van Gyes, Guy
Issue Date: 3-Apr-2008
Publisher: Eurofound (EIROnline European Industrial Relations Observatory)
Abstract: Firstly, recent research on social dialogue and the OHS issue is summarised. The OHS topic is high on the agenda of social dialogue. These studies make furthermore clear that the Workplace Prevention and Protection Committee is an accepted instrument at company level. The functioning is considered as satisfactory. Nevertheless, influence on OHS decision making is not considered always as high by employees. Trade union presence makes a difference in this regard, but differences remain high according to occupational status. Secondly, opinions of the social partners on the question ‘social dialogue and OHS issues’ are presented. They consider the contribution of social dialogue in the OHS field as very important and productive. This point of view is illustrated by good examples of national and sectoral activities. As important factors of the success are mentioned the representativity of the social partners, the enforceability of the system and the political support (trade unions), the available expertise and broadly based support (employers’ side). As prior improvement is mentioned by the unions the extension of formal dialogue at workplace level to SMEs. Respondents from the employers’ side suggest as possible improvements a further professionalisation or stronger possibilities to obtain custom-made measures within a general agreed framework.
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Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: ER
Appears in Collections:Research Group Work and Organisation

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