Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
European section of United Cities and Local Governments

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Local and regional governments employ over 17 million workers across Europe to deliver essential public services. As employers, they share many common interests and face common challenges: working time and conditions, equal access, and new employment patterns. In this regard, social dialogue appears as an essential tool for both workers and employees to ensure proper working conditions and relations.

The European social dialogue refers to discussions, consultations, negotiations and joint actions involving organisations representing the two sides of industry (employers and workers) and it can take place at all levels including regional, national, and European. In this regard, the European Commission is responsible for developing social dialogue at the European level. As a representative of local government as an employer, CEMR works to influence European employment-related proposals and promotes the development of social dialogue in EU member countries.

Focus group on local and regional government as employers

Our focus group works to ensure proper working conditions for the local and regional public sector. Concretely, it represents employers’ organisations within the European Social Dialogue Committee on Local and Regional Government – jointly coordinated with our European trade union partner, the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU). Employers and unions discuss employment policies as well as changes to the labour market and to European regulations.
Our objectives:
  • To ensure the specificities of local and regional authorities (including the public services they provide), as workplaces are reflected in any EU legislation on employment;
  • To raise awareness of the public sector as a workplace and key public service provider vis-à-vis the European institutions;
  • To exchange experiences on working conditions and policy themes related to employment, including demographic change, public services and sustainable development;
  • To participate in and to help further develop social dialogue at both the national and European level;
  • To collarborate with EPSU to discuss, negotiate and agree on common solutions for EU employment-related policies via social dialogue;
  • To represent employers and trade unions in the local and regional government sector via social dialogue as outlined in treaties.

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