Empowering the industrial unions to shape the consequences of the digital transformation on working conditions and work organisation in our sectors

With financial support of the EU - VP/2018/002/0019

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We are pleased to inform you that industriAll Europe has successfully applied for EU funding to carry out a two-year project aimed at empowering the industrial unions to shape the consequences of the digital transformation on working conditions and work organisation in our sectors.

Industry 4.0 describes the organisation of production processes based on technology and devices autonomously communicating with each other along the value chain: a model of the ‘smart’ factory of the future where computer-driven systems monitor physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralised decisions based on self-organisation mechanisms. The concept takes account of the increased digitalisation of manufacturing industries where physical objects are seamlessly integrated into the information network, allowing for decentralised production and real-time adaptation in the future.

The detailed objectives of the project are to:

  • Carry out an in-depth analysis of the consequences of the digital transformation focusing in particular on the working conditions and the work organisation in our industrial sectors;
  • Identify the tools and the responses developed by the trade unions to shape the social consequences of the introduction of digital technologies;
  • Identify some recommendations to support trade unions’ actions, taking into consideration the differences in the trade unions’ capacity for action in the various countries.

The first steps of the project consist of:

  • Carrying out a survey on the impact of the digital transformation and on the trade union responses provided through information/consultation processes, company agreements and collective bargaining agreements in our sectors. 11 EU countries have been selected taking into account the geographical balance and sector representation in each country. These countries are: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Spain. The survey is based on a questionnaire which will be supplemented by interviews.
  • Organising three regional workshops focusing on the Southern, Central/Northern and Central and Eastern Europe regions (the workshops will not be limited to the above-mentioned 11 EU countries).

We are aware there are several other projects and surveys on the digitalisation currently carried out in our sectors. Our aim is not to duplicate any work already done but to specifically focus on the perception and strategies of trade unions.

Given the sectoral focus of this project, we believe it is important that the questionnaire is filled in by national trade union officers in charge of sector activities. We therefore kindly ask you to fill in this questionnaire and return it to Patricia.Velicu@industriall-europe.eu before 25 March 2019. We also encourage you to distribute this questionnaire to colleagues you think could contribute further to the questionnaire.  


The consortium Syndex/Wilke Maack und Partners will be conducting the survey. Should you need assistance filling in the questionnaire, do not hesitate to contact Patricia Velicu Patricia.Velicu@industriall-europe.eu. She will put you in contact with a consultant from the Consortium who speaks your language. At a later stage the consultant will contact you for the interview.

Please find enclosed the questionnaire in the following languages: Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish and Spanish.