BargainUp – Bargaining Upfront in the Digital Age aims at empowering workers’ representatives to harness the full potential of collective bargaining in striking a balance between pressures for competitiveness and social and ethical standpoints in the digital age. The main rationale behind this project is that «nobody has a crystal ball to look into the digital future and there is no such thing as technological determinism related to digitalisation» (ETUC 2016), that’s why workers’ representatives, along with other political and social players, are now urged to take action to collectively shape the future of work.
BargainUp draws from the experience of the previous project SUNI – Smart Unions for New Industry, with a view to maximise its impact by better concentrating on collective bargaining and social dialogue initiatives (found to be particularly relevant for a successful co-determination and co-management of digital future) and extending the scope of the initiative to the whole manufacturing industry and more EU countries. BargainUp thus gathers 10 partners among workers’ organisations and research centres/universities from six European countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden), to which is added the support of IndustriAll Europe as associate organisation.
BargainUp is co-funded by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, under budget heading VP/2019/002 (Grant Agreement VS/2019/0289), Information and training measures for workers’ organisations.