EUROFER and industriAll Europe (former EMF) have jointly submitted a project proposal to the Commission (Budget heading 04.03.03.01 - Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue) concerning the possible setting up of a European Sector Council on Jobs and Employment for the steel industry in 2011.
The main objective of the project “Towards a European steel council on jobs and skills? Identifying the actors” is to identify the existing structures in each Member State including those organisations active at national and sub-national levels, such as education and training institutions and public authorities responsible for the steel sector.A conference was organised to present the project results and to assess the possibility to create formal EU sector council on jobs and skills for the European steel industry.
The final report as welll as other documents related to this European project are available on EUROFER extranet. Further information on the final conference can also be found on the EMF website
The project aimed at developing a training module for mechanical, industrial and electrical technicians in the EU steel industry.
For further information about the GT VET project: A sustainable Training module for the European Steel Industry
The EU Social partners in the steel sector launched a recent publication on psychosocial constraints in the steel industry, released by Eurofound.
The main objective of the report "Industrial relations practices related to psychosocial constraints at work in the steel sector" is to look at some specific company and sectoral features triggering psychosocial risks and their prevention. Company practices were assessed, focussing on the following three steel companies: ArcelorMittal in France, Rautaruukki in Finland and Salzgitter AG in Germany.
The report highlights that the three companies have developed specific actions to deal with, reduce or prevent the incidence and negative impact of psychosocial constraints on both workers and the company. Concrete measures are therefore taken to implement awareness-raising programmes, train managers and prevent detrimental outcomes.
Information arising from the study will be disseminated in the framework of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee on Steel. It is also expected that the study will be of value and interest to the respective members in their work.