Roundtable Social dialogue – Valencia

    April 9, 2019 - April 10, 2019

    On Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 April 2019 a roundtable took place in Valencia on digitalisation and the challenges i timplies for social dialogue and social consultations. The roundtable was organised by the Consejo Economic i social de la Communitat Valenciana (CES-CV) and was the fifth meeting of the international projectpartners of the ESF-project ‘Social partners on the digital fast track’. Some 60 participants attended the meeting.

    Mr. Alfonso Mellado, president of CES-CV, opened the meeting by welcoming the participants and introducing the topic of the roundtable. Subsequently, mr. Arturo León López (general secretary of the CCOO-PV trade union), mr. Ismael Sáez Vaquero (general secretariy of the UGT-PV trade union), mr. Salvador Navarro Pradas (president of the Confederación Empresarial de la Comunitat Valenciana) and mr. Agustín Domingo Moratalla (director of the Valencian office of UIMP) on how their organisations deal with the digital revolution and how it impacts their internal organisation.

    Ms. Isabel Caño Aguilar (vice president Communications Relations of the European Economic and Social Committee EESC) presented the transitions observed in a digitalised labour world. Afterwards, Ms. Olivia Estrella López (general secretary of the Valencian Innovation Agency AVI). She explained the innovation strategy of the Valencia region. Finally, mr. Francisco Javier Mínguez Pontones (director at the Institut Valencià de Competitivitat Empresarial IVACE) introduced the innovative and industrial agenda 4.0 of the Valencia region.

    Dr. José Goerlich Peset (professor labour law and social security at the Law School of Valencia University) gave a first keynote lecture on the impact of robotization on human resources and the framework of labour relations. A second keynote was given by mr. Jorge Aragón Medina, economist at the Spanish Social and Economic Council and research director at the ‘1 May’-foundation). He presented the challenges resulting from the digital revolution and added some propositions to give a new impetus to social dialogue.

    The second part of the morning consisted of the presentation of three best practices concerning social dialogue in Spain, each within a different sector: agri-food (Consum), industry (Ford Spain) and services (Bankia). The presentations were given by the following speakers:

    • Fransisco Javier Quiles Bodí (director external relations at Consum)
    • Eduardo Guillamos Estornell (director Human Relations Ford Spain) and Carlos Faubel Climent (president of the Workers Committee of Ford Spain and vice general secretary of the UGT-PV trade union)
    • Marina Mateo Ercilla (director labour and social relations at Bankia) and Anselmo Martínez Jareño (secretary of the CCOO-PV trade union at Bankia)

    After lunch, Tim Buyse (advisor at the Social and Economic Council of Flanders, SERV) presented a recent SERV-report on the impact of digitalisation on the process of social dialogue. He presented some key challenges for social partners and social and economic councils and also presented some potential answers and new future pathways to be explored.

    To end the day, the international project partners presented their own view on the aforementioned SERV-report and also presented best practices from their own region. The speakers were ms. Sophie Musset (CESER Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), mr. Petr Teply (ASO Czech Repbulic), mr. Jens Hofmann (SBG Dresden), ms. Freia Polzin and mr. Peter Eitner (QFC Sachsen-Anhalt) and ms. Heike Gebhardt (MITZ-Merseburg).

    On the second day of the meeting, the international delegation visited Colorker SA, a ceramic tiles producer. The company is pioneer in the implementation of a smart factory. During the visit you may appreciate the implementation of the SME´s Innovation Project to adaptation to Industry 4.0. that will enable to become an intelligent production 4.0 ceramic industry obtaining massive data from productive process. The deployment system within the project enables to digitally transmit the process information from the different integrated systems through the corporation value chain, having access in real time to manufacturing costs and processing conditions.

    During the visit, insight was given in the way in which this company transformation forwards a smart factory impacted the labour conditions and required skills and competences and on how employees (and thus social dialogue) were involved in the transformation.

    A more elaborate report with the main conclusions of the roundtable will be published in the coming weeks.