The IWT sector can largely contribute to a more sustainable transport system and can also offer new chances for Europe´s mobility, however only if transparent and adequate social conditions attract skilful and qualified personnel. This goal still needs a wider European support as laid down in the NAIADES action plan.

Within the IWT Platform, our partners – EBU and ESO – take part in the IWT sectoral social dialogue and are contributing to a more sustainable labour relations and workforce.

On 6 July 2021, the European Commission’s services have published the latest edition of the Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review.

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It gives us valuable insights in recent developments and brings important information within the scope of the social dialogue. For example, ESDE review clearly shows that the social impact of the COVID-19 crisis has been diverse. Some of the main findings show that the employment grew in jobs that are critical, can be carried out from home and require low social interaction. The geographical impact of the COVID-19 crisis has been uneven at several levels. Well-performing labour markets proved to be better protected against the economic downturn. At the same time, the crisis has had a varied impact on the national social dialogue and collective bargaining power across the EU.

The 2021 ESDE review emphasizes that in order not to jeopardize EU’s successful response to COVID-19 crisis, a strong social dimension needs to accompany our economic recovery!

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Ingrid Bloom

Social and Education Committee