What it is about

The Consortium of DIRESOC project has the pleasure to invite you to the virtual final conference of the DIRESOC project on Tuesday 20th October 2020. The final conference will be organised around three presentations exposing the main results of the project, followed each time by a discussion panel of experts, union and employers representatives. An open discussion on the subject will close the event. Translations available in French / English / Portuguese / Spanish / Bulgarian Virtual room: a link to the virtual room will be sent a few days before the event.

Final conference invitation 

Digitalisation and restructuring: which social dialogue? Tuesday 20th October 2020 Register on https://ulghec.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_25CrxOLMSzTYFUh


The DIRESOC project is implemented by members of Irene network, composed of independent experts’ organizations and individuals: universities, research centers, NGOs, trade unions, consultants etc. Their work is focused on the social and economic dimensions of corporate restructuring in Europe. The aim – to promote working models, responsible and innovative practices.

The project’s specific objectives are:  to improve the expertise and the knowledge on industrial relations through analysis and research at EU level and to identify convergences and differences in the industrial relations systems in different EU member states. The sectors that will be investigated in the partner countries are tourism, bank/insurance, postal/logistic and manufacturing industries.





  • We do not want to undergo ongoing processes, but to govern them. To know, to share the knowledge, to train the unions’ delegates, are the pillars of the confederations’ strategy”: “We must go and look for workers where they are. And many of them, today, are hidden by the apps intermediation; the algorithm management. As always, we the unions need to start from the workplaces. Since many workplaces are today digital platforms, we’ve also to go there. To be more and more digital unions. But it’s not enough. Found the platform workers, the problem can be to find his/her employer. Who is the employer in the times of algorithms? Well, we must go and look for them too. Then, we must become able to bargain with the algorithm

    Alessio Gremolati, Nat. Resp. Digital work and Industry 4.0, CGIL-Italy
  • Obviously, the main challenge of the digitalisation is addressing the employment, both in quantitative and in qualitative aspects. Even if there are new jobs, it's not clear who's going to occupy them in the absence of suitable workers. There are challenges related to the framework of the working time, the reconciliation of the professional and the private life, the working conditions (mental exertion, stress).

    D-r Ekaterina Ribarova, Scientific secretary of the Institute for social and syndicate researaches at CITUB, Bulgaria
  • The occupational reduction of these years will carry on, though with a different intensity, taking care of the negative social impacts. About the future, estimates vary between a prudent 20.000 to a shocking 100.000 in 2022, that would be the 30% of the current number of jobs. “Five-ten years ago, we had restructuring and jobs cuts costs saving driven. Today, they are driven by the digitalization and its impact

    Giuliano Calcagni, Nat. Off. FISAC-CGIL –Italy