Social Issues

With an industry as large as print which faces the challenges and opportunities of the digital reality, it is vital that employees are treated fairly while the industry evolves. This means monitoring labour conditions, endorsing training and working with social partners and the EU to achieve what is best for the future of the industry.

Developments in labour conditions

Intergraf monitors developments in national labour relations, and creates an overview of outcomes of negotiations.

Intergraf keeps continuously updated on the labour conditions in different European countries, with the help of member federations. Each year a summary is made on the negotiations with the labour force in the graphic sector. The summary allows for members to share experiences and learn from the varying conditions between countries.

There is also a working party, operating within Intergraf which deals exclusively with social issues in different countries. This way, member federations are up-to-date and informed on the situation in other countries.

Completed EU projects

Intergraf completed two European funded projects on Restructuring in the printing industry. As the industry changes and contracts, it is vital that restructuring takes place in a controlled and socially responsible way. To this end, Intergraf teamed up with its trade union counterpart, UNI Europa Graphical to work on an analysis of the industry and come up with guides on how to restructure effectively and responsibly.

The first project, completed in 2010, resulted in a study of the state of the industry and a step by step toolkit.

The second project, completed in 2012, held workshops in the use of the toolkit in seven different countries across Europe.

Our latest project on skills identification in the industry was completed in 2014. The report, based on questionnaires, can be downloaded here
European Social dialogue

Following on from these projects, Intergraf and UNI Europa Graphical decided to continue their cooperation at European level and applied for a social dialogue agreement. This agreement means Intergraf and UNI Europa Graphical will work closely together, with the help of the European Union over the period 2016-2018 to discuss what is best for the industry. The social dialogue will focus on technological, social and economic trends, promotion of the results of the previous EU project and, developing skills in the industry.