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Project “Improving Social Dialogue in Industry Sector in Lithuania”

Published: Wednesday, 25 March 2020

On December, 2019, the Project “Improving Social Dialogue in Industry Sector in Lithuania” was launched. It is carried out by the Lithuanian Industry Trade Union Federation (LPPSF), the project partner is the United Federation of Trade Unions „Fellesforbundet“ and sponsor – the „Innovation Norway“.

This project will be implemented in the industrial companies (chemical, energy, construction, utilities, aviation), whose trade unions belong to the LPPSF.

The aim of the project

Social dialogue is the regulation of employer-employee relations based on collective bargaining, and an essential condition for its success is the motivation of both parties to negotiate. Social dialogue cannot develop or take place unless at least one side is willing or is motivated to do so. In Lithuania, employers are less motivated to engage in social dialogue, especially at company level, while employees and their representatives have a high level of motivation for collective bargaining and that is for understandable reasons.

Therefore, the main objective of the Project “Improving Social Dialogue in Industry Sector in Lithuania”  is to improve the cooperation model of social partners, principles and mechanisms of collective bargaining and to accelerate collective bargaining at company and national level. This will be achieved by exploring the motivation of business (employers) for collective bargaining and the opportunities and perspectives for promoting it in companies and /or their groups, as well as across the sector.

The project implementation steps

The first step of the project is a thorough analysis of the existing collective agreements of selected companies. It will be done by experts - prof. dr. Daiva Petrylaitė and sociologist, analyst of the public institution “Enterprise Lithuania” Marius Kalanta. A review of the regulatory framework will be presented at the first remote meeting of the Project Steering Committee on March 26, 2020. The meeting will discuss the main issues and challenges in the field of collective bargaining, as well as a plan for collective bargaining training (for the social partners).

Subsequently, the approved training plan will include roundtables and training. We intend to invite experts from the „Fellesforbundet“ and labor law experts from Lithuania to these events. The purpose of the roundtable discussions and trainings (seminars) is to create a strong negotiating team in the companies.

The final project report will be conducted by Vida Petrylaitė and Marius Kalanta. The final report will include recommendations on collective bargaining for the social partners. It will discuss problem areas for collective bargaining at company and sector level, possible solutions and recommendations to public authorities.

The final project conference, which will present the final report and project results, as well as a short film (social advertising) to be used in future activities of the Federation. Representatives of public authorities, employers, politicians and social partners will be invited to this final conference.

 

PROJECT EVENTS:

A round table discussion in Vilnius, on June 26, 2020. 

Training for negotiators on drafting collective agreements in Vilnius, on September 10, 2020.   

A regional workshop on collective bargaining in Kaunas, on October 16, 2020.

A round table discussion, on December 17, 2020.

Two days training for trade union activists from Lithuanian regions in Panevėžys, on  September 9-10, 2021.