A new initiative in social dialogue for the fitness sector gets underway in Bucharest, Romania on 9-10 of June. The EU funded action (with DG EMPL) with UNI-Europa as the contract holder and EuropeActive as the co-applicant in a series of meetings in Romania, Finland and Poland. The so-called “Supporting the test phase of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Sport and Active Leisure sector”, involves both employers and employees from the fitness and outdoor sectors (which comprises the active leisure sector). Separate meetings are convened for professional and not-for-profit sport. The European Confederation of Outdoor Employers is cooperating with UNI-Europa and EuropeActive to stage the active leisure meetings schedule.
The definition of social dialogue as provided by the International Labour Organisation states that ‘social dialogue is meant to include all types of negotiations, consultation or simply the exchange of information between and amongst the representatives of governments, employers and workers on issues of common interest related to economic policy’.
The employer and employee representatives of active leisure sector will have the opportunity to discuss issues which are relevant to them – such as matters of health and safety, contracts of employment, and education and training. The first meeting in Bucharest will also have representatives from Hungary and Bulgaria attending, and the outcomes will feed into a larger, plenary meeting in Berlin in early 2017. This in turn will help to inform future planning and consideration for the further development of social dialogue which is seen as an important ingredient in the new skills agenda of the European Commission.