Partners' Second Transnational Meeting

Venice, Palazzo Malcanton Marcorà
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 18:00
 The two main objectives of the second transnational meeting in Venice were the discussion of the research results achieved by the partners during the first six months of the project and the planning of the research activities to be carried out during the following second semester. As for the former target, the discussion led to the adoption of a comparative report on the relevant legal contexts of three member states involved. It can be found in the Deliverables section of the website. As regards the planning of the second semester, mainly focused on the analysis of selected case-studies, the partners reported the results of the discussion with the national social partners and a selection of possible case-studies. A case-study grid was then elaborated as a common standard for the analysis and for the following comparison of results. The project «Close the Deal, Fill the Gap» addresses the need to assess the interaction and interdependencies between two different EU policy targets: the involvement of the social partners in the reduction of the GPG, on the one hand, the prompting of higher level of de-centralisation in the bargaining process, on the other hand. The main questions the project is meant to answer throughout the analysis of the case-studies are: what is the interdependence between the model of industrial relations/the level of decentralisation of collective bargaining/the coverage of collective agreements and the possibility for the social partners to play an effective role in the reduction of the GPG? what are the variables that affect the possibility for the social partners to play a role in the reduction of the GPG and the factors that affect the effectiveness of their actions?can decentralisation of collective bargaining result in a widening of the GPG? what are the variables that can trigger or, on the contrary, prevent from this result? Is there a consideration of the impact on equal pay of arrangements concerning part-time work and fixed-term contracts, as well as of arrangements introducing systems of performance-related pay? Are there arrangements to improve the transparency of pay, to assess and compare the real value of jobs, to carry out pay audits? On a micro-level, the analysis of selected case studies is aimed at pointing out best practices in the use of negotiated instruments tackling or fostering a reduction of the GPG, at national, territorial or company level. This analysis is required to address questions like:  what kind of tool is it? Legally-binding? Collectively agreed? what was the role played by the social partners as regards its adoption, how was the negotiation process carried out, and what are the foreseeable possible developments? what are the normative/industrial relations’ aspects that have fostered the introduction of this instrument or, on the contrary, that have frustrated its implementation? was it effective? What was its impact in terms of wage equality between men and women in the workplace?