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AGREEMENT NUMBER - VS/2020/0101 Expanding and Improving Workplace Democracy as a Prerequisite for Humanising Labour and the Work Environment – DIRECT II



To reach the above described aims and operational objectives the project will implement a set of activities, which will be organised in a duration of twenty-four months (01/2020 – 01/2022). The main activities will be divided into eight work packages, providing a clear time frame and defining the responsibility and involvement of each co-applicant, as follows:

  1. Establishment of a project Steering Committee, made up of nominated representatives from the national co-applicant organisations, which will be responsible for developing a process and practices for successful project management and monitoring and establishment of Project Research Team responsible for the research and analytic activities - the elaboration of six National Reports, a Comparative report and a ‘Handbook’ of guidelines to assist management and employee representatives to smoothly facilitate the introduction of new technologies through enterprise level joint steering committees and joint implementation groups;
  2. Carrying out research in each partner country on the links between direct participation and other forms of employee participation and representation, in the context of their direct influence on humanising the work environment, improving skills and workplace welfare, improving work satisfaction and worker motivation, including the impact of new technologies;
  3. Development of six National Reports based on the data analysis and research in each co-applicant country;
  4. Organising and carrying out of six National Workshops (one in each co-applicant country) for discussion, exchange of experience, capacity building in terms of knowledge and skills related on the specifics of direct participation and its links with worker representatives (including the trade union representation);
  5. Carrying out three European Round Tables involving the project team and external experts, representing national and European social partners, managers, employers and academics for discussions on the role of direct participation in the context of its social dimensions at national and transnational levels, as it relates to the introduction of new technologies;
  6. Development of a Comparative Report and a ‘Handbook of Good Practice Guidelines’ to assist management and employee representatives to smoothly facilitate the introduction of new technologies;
  7. Organising and carrying out a Final International Conference;
  8. Dissemination and mainstreaming activities including elaboration of project logo, creation of a project web-site, project leaflets.

The research methodology will be developed by the project research team, led by the Bulgarian research team leader, which will provide the guidelines, instructions and content for the data collection and research at national level and the requirements for the content and structure of the national reports, the Comparative report and the Handbook of Good Practice Guidelines.

The project will examine direct participation in two business sectors (one services sector and one manufacturing sector) through an agreed survey questionnaire, followed by an agreed number of interviews with management and employee representatives in a number of enterprises operating in these business sectors in the participating EU Member States.

In order to promote the project outcomes, all the findings from the research and analytic activities will be presented and reviewed during the six National Workshops, the three European Round Tables and the Final International Conference.