What is this survey about and why are we asking you to complete it?

According to the EU Health Programme 2014-2020, a key priority of the EU 2020 strategy focuses on healthy ageing practices, good health standards of the working population and tackling chronic diseases in order to facilitate active and healthy ageing. This project aims to investigate the key role played by social partners, most important trade unions and employers’ associations across the EU member states, in meeting these EU-wide goals. In particular, the project aims to evaluate the role of industrial relations actors in facilitating return to work of workers that face(d) chronic diseases and subsequent reintegration into the labour market in the case of a longer absence from work.

Definitions of key terms:

Chronic disease: a disease of long duration and slow progression which is not passed from person to person, for example, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, certain respiratory diseases and diabetes, etc.

Return to work (RTW): refers to procedures and initiatives aimed at facilitating the workplace reintegration of persons who experience long term absence from work or work under restricted health conditions coupled with a reduction in work capacity or capability, whether this is due to illness or invalidity.

Return to work policies: regulation at international, national or regional level which regulates the return to work after being diagnosed with illness or invalidity.

Social dialogue: interactions, such as negotiation, consultation or exchange of information, between or among social partners and public authorities

Trade union: an organization representing the interests of employees where members can seek help and support in work-related issues

Employer association: an organisation representing the interests of a group of employers

Scope to add additional country-specific definitions (e.g. specific names of country-specific organisations that we know are active in RTW issues)

This survey is carried out in the framework of a research project Negotiating return to work in the age of demographic change through industrial relations (REWIR), Project No. VS/2019/0075, commissioned by the European Commission (EC) to the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and its project partners (Central European Labour Studies Institute Slovakia, University of Tallin Estonia, University of Lucian Blaga in Sibiu Romania, ADAPT Institute Italy, Dublin City University Ireland).