The project aims to enhance the social dialogue and quality of employment by guiding social partners towards a better understanding of digital transformation implications on the collective labour agreements (CLAs).

In particular, it covers two major areas: an agile and adaptive organisation of work, also called ‘smart working’, as well as the need to promote the development of digital skills in work-places. The project will analyse how these two areas impact the state-of-play in the workplace, how they are currently reflected in the social partners’ collective bargaining practices and, particularly, in the collective labour agreements.  The project will strengthen the social dialogue by providing guidelines and recommendations to enhance smart working and digital skills development.

The project results and recommendations will strengthen collective bargaining and social dialogue by:

– contributing to the debate around and knowledge about the new forms of work (from the smart-working perspective);

– increasing flexibility of the labour market and work arrangements by offering the potential to update and modernise the existing CLAs;

– supporting employment in SMEs, fostered by the increased supply in the labour market facilitated by smart working arrangements;

– supporting digital skills development by introducing on-the-job training to the CLAs;

– improving SME resilience to crisis situations (such as COVID-19) by clarifying smart-working arrangements and suggesting on-the-job training of digital skills;

– increasing the businesses’ (especially, SMEs) innovation capacity and potential to benefit from the digital transition through the developed digital skills.

– WP1: Project coordination, risk management and quality assurance will ensure a smooth management of the project by coordinating consortium’s work by securing the high quality of project outputs and deliverables along with implementing monitoring, quality assurance and risk management system across all WPs

– WP2: Preparatory desk research, fact finding and interviews with social partners will produce one of the project milestones: Report on the state-of-art regarding the smart working and digital skills development in the social dialogue practices and the Collective Labour Agreements.

– WP3: Expert workshops and results’ validation. Under this WP, expert workshops with the national social partners (worker unions and employer representatives) from across the EU will be organised. These workshops will foster collaboration and enable knowledge sharing among the social partners, will engage the social partners and their support towards the project results, ensuring the sustainability and uptake of the developed recommendations

– WP4: Development of Recommendations aims to develop recommendations for social partners on addressing smart working and on-work digital skills development within the CLAs and through social dialogue practices.

– WP5: Communication, stakeholder engagement and impact amplification will ensure visibility, uptake of the project outcomes and a long-term sustainability of the developed recommendations by planning and conducting communication activities.

The project consortium is led by Confimi Industria, Italian employers’ federation representing around 40.000 enterprises, supported by its affiliates Confimi Industria Digitale and Confimi Servizi.  The consortium is also formed by:

European DIGITAL SME Alliance, Europe’s first and largest ICT SME association, representing more than 45,000 enterprises in total;

– ADAPT Associazione – an Italian research centre dealing with labour market and labour relations issues, supported by its affiliate Fondazione ADAPT,

– FIM-CISL Veneto – a regional Italian trade union organization representing metalworkers, with the collaboration of its affiliate – national FIM-CISL

In the framework of the project, Confimi Industria will provide inputs and feedback to the preparatory desk research and drafting of the state-of-the-art report, as well as the final recommendations to the social partners. Confimi Servizi will support Confimi Industria in administrative and financial project management, monitoring, risk assessment and quality assurance activities. Meanwhile, Confimi Industria Digitale will provide organisational support to one of the 3 expert workshops organised in order to foster collaboration and enable knowledge sharing among the social partners.

ADAPT Associazione, together with its affiliated entity ADAPT Fondazione, will contribute to conduct and promote studies and research in the field of labour law and industrial relations. Furthermore, ADAPT will lead the development of the project’s milestone deliverables: Report on the state-of-the-art and the Recommendations on addressing the smart working and on-the-job digital skills development within Contract Labour Agreements and social dialogue practices.

European DIGITAL SME Alliance will coordinate expert workshops, ensuring their smooth organisation, the coordination of social partners’ opinions and negotiation of common positions, as well as the recruitment of employer representatives from various EU member states. Moreover, it will plan and implement the project’s communication and stakeholder engagement activities, while ensuring the
sustainable uptake of its recommendations. FIM CISL Veneto will contribute to the experts recruitment, provide feedback to the main project outputs sustaining the approach of trade unions and provide organisational support to one of the experts workshops.

Finally, the project will be supported by an associated entity, IndustriALL Europe, committed to support the project by recruiting national workers unions’ representatives from across the EU to participate in the expert workshop.

Stakeholder engagement activities, mostly directed towards the social partners across the continent, are crucial in order to ensure that social partners across Europe are aware of the project results and make a use of the developed recommendations.

In this framework, the consortium launched a call to appoint experts representing national employers and unions to contribute to the work on social dialogue. Selected experts participate in the discussion and provide their inputs on the project’s key outputs. Experts’ feedback will be collected through the online consultation tools and during 4 international events: 3 expert workshops and the Final Conference.

The following experts have been selected as part of the European Stakeholder Board:

Employers Representatives Workers Representatives 
Andrei Kelemen, 3B ICT Network Isabelle Barthes, IndustiALL
Paul Roevens, UNIZO Ewa kedzior, solidarnosc
Stanislav Orchanov, BASSCOM Alena Paukrtova, ČMKOS
Jokin Garatea, CONETIC Warda Ichir, FGMM
Amadine Zimmerle, DIGITAL SME FRANCE Paolo Gubitta, Digital Work Research Center
Andrea Ardizzone, ASSINTEL Antje Utecht / Thomas Habenicht, IG Metall
Eduard Filippovs, Latvijas Biznesa savienība Giuseppe Guerini, CECOP-Europe
Maximilian Buchleitner, WKO Stefania Marassi, Researcher



Report on the state-of-the-art regarding smart working and digital-skills development in social dialogue practices and CLAs [Updated version – July 2022]

Competenze digitali e lavoro da remoto nelle PMI: i risultati preliminari del progetto IRESDES4.0

A spotlight on remote work and digital skills preliminary findings from the IRESDES4.0 project

Report on the state-of-the-art regarding smart working and digital-skills development in social dialogue practices and CLAs [Updated version – February 2022]

The IRESDES4.0 project has received funding from the European Commission under the grant agreement No VS/2021/0052.

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