Fair working conditions: exploring the contribution of cooperation initiatives between Social Partners and Labour INspection authorities (SPLIN)

Zeitraum: 03/2019 - 02/2021
Status: fortlaufend
ProjektmitarbeiterInnen: Bettina Haidinger, Ulrike Papouschek, Cornelia Prentner
AuftraggeberIn: European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Kooperation: Partners: notus, Spain; University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (JYU), Finland; Foundation Institute of Public Affairs (ISP/IPA), Poland. Associate Partners: Bauarbeiter Urlaubs- und Abfindungskasse (BUAK), Austria; Trade Union BUDOWLANI, Poland; Fundacion Laboral de la Construcción des Principado de Asturias (flc), Spain

SPLIN will scrutinize two different types of innovative measures for safeguarding fair working conditions, involving both social partners and labour inspectorates: 1) ‘Co-enforcement actions’, defined as ongoing coordinated efforts of labour inspectorates and social partners to jointly produce labour standard enforcement; and 2) ‘Transnational trade union enforcement action’, defined as coordinated efforts led by a transnational trade union to develop and enforce labour standards, implemented in cooperation with national and local trade unions. Traditional labour inspectorates’ and social partners’ instruments to
generate and enforce labour standards seem to be limited when unlawful business strategies deprive workers of their rights; or when complex and transnational business models exploit regulatory loopholes and spoil fair competition. Hence, strategic and innovative practices as those approached in the SPLIN project are necessary to make the enforcement of labour standards more effective, especially in sectors with a high incidence of precarious employment and noncompliance. Methodologically, SPLIN will apply a combination of research and information exchange. First, SPLIN will analyse and compare cases of co-enforcement initiatives developed in three highly different national institutional contexts (AT, ES and PL) and one sector (construction); and the implementation of a transnational trade union enforcement action developed in the maritime transport sector in three different countries (ES, FI and PL). Second, SPLIN will assess the transferability of research outcomes through an action research approach to other regions, sectors and countries in a range of stakeholder workshops at national and EU-level. Third, SPLIN will disseminate research findings and workshop outcomes to a wider audience and will formulate policy recommendations for future and strategic cooperation between labour inspectorates and social partners.