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Workers’ representatives

European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) (1958)


Employers’ representatives

European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois) (1952)


Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee (SSDC)

Informal working group:




Rules of procedure:

17 June 1994 and 12 March 2001

Work programme:

2006 - 2007 - 2008

General overview

The woodworking industry has become increasingly prominent in the European Union with successive EU enlargements (Sweden, Finland, etc.). Having experienced a lengthy crisis period and then been faced with growing international competition, the European woodworking industry adopted a strategy of specialisation, diversification and sustainable management of Europe’s forests.

Participants and challenges

Health and safety, working conditions and sustainable forestry are the three principal strands of social dialogue in the woodworking sector. This social dialogue struggled to find its feet at first, but seems to have reached cruising speed in the early 2000s. The Comité du dialogue social sectorielSectoral Social Dialogue Committee brings together the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) for the workers, and the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois) for the employers.


So far, social dialogue in the woodworking sector has developed mainly thanks to joint opinions on sustainable forestry, joint tools and exchanges of information on more specifically “social” issues (vocational training, health and safety, etc.), and its code of conduct on working conditions.

Joint texts

The “woodworking” sectoral social dialogue has resulted, since 1994, in the adoption of 8 joint texts.

ETUI and Observatoire Social Européen (2010) European Sectoral Social Dialogue Factsheets. Project coordinated by Christophe Degryse, online publication available at www.worker-participation.eu/EU-Social-Dialogue/Sectoral-ESD