Project duration: 09/2020 – 07/2022

Client: European Commission, DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Project coordinator: Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (UMCS) Lublin

Project partners:

      • Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb
      • Central European Labor Studies Institute (CELSI) Bratislava
      • Association of Electrical Engineering Industry of the Slovak Republic (ZEPSR) Bratislava
      • University of Tartu (UT) Tartu

Leader of the IRMO team: Hrvoje Butković, PhD

The project aims to collect data and provide empirical insight into how trade unions, employers and other stakeholders address issues stemming from employment of non-EU workers. In order to gain sufficiently deep and comparable data, it will analyses 5 sectors: healthcare, metal industry, construction, services and digital economy (platform work) in 6 Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries: Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The project has following specific objectives: i) identify and analyze the challenges that social partners face in addressing and potentially improving the social rights of migrant workers; ii) analyze the role that industrial relations, processes and outcomes are playing in improving the working conditions of migrant workers; iii) provide insight in the experiences of trade unions regarding organizing and representing migrant workers; iv) analyze international networks that trade unions, employers and other stakeholders engage in within the process of recruiting migrant workers; v) map and evaluate the main legal frames and labor market characteristics related to working conditions of migrant workers; vi) draw implications for research and policy making for the national and the EU level sectoral stakeholders regarding the role of the social partners in revising the migration policy.

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