The BARCOM Conference - Brussels February 28 - 2018

The night before - February 27 - 7 pm - Dinner at Restaurant Madou's Folie  •  Rue de la Presse  23  Drukpersstraat   •   1000 Brussels


Hotel - Husa President park


BARCOM final Conference, Brussels, Wednesday 28 February 2018

Understanding Collective Agreements in the Commerce Sector in EU

We are happy to see you for our final conference in Trade Union House, Boulevard Roi Albert II 5, Brussels
9.00 – 9.30

  • Registration and coffee


9.30 – 10.30

10.30 – 11.00

  • Coffee break


11.00 – 12.30




12.30 – 13.30

  • Lunch will be provided


13.30 – 15.00






15.00 – 15.30

  • Water / Coffee


15. 30 - 16.00

  • Collective agreements and social dialogue : conclusion and perspectives.- Barbara Bindner, UNI Europa Commerce. - Nick Dornheim, EuroCommerce

16.00 – 16.15

  • Conclusions, - Prof Kea Tijdens University of Amsterdam/AIAS, project manager BARCOM

16.00 -17.00 - Drinks


 Link to Project BARCOM page



Practical information

Language and interpretation: Main language English – Interpretation on request for Swedish and Italian

Venue / timetable: The seminar will take place on Wednesday February 28, 2018, at the Trade Union House, Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 5B - 1210 Brussels, Belgium. Presentations and debates have been scheduled from 9:30 until 16.15.

Public transport information: The Trade Union House/ The International Auditorium is 6 minutes’ walk from Train Station Brussels North and less than 30 minutes by train/bus from Airport Zaventem.

Arrangements for travel: Participants are encouraged to book travel/flights connected as closely as possible to the seminar timetable assuming most non-Netherlands based participants will arrive on Tuesday February 27, or early February 28. (if you didn’t book yet, please do asap!) and try to obtain low-cost flight/train options. Try to book as such that you need one hotel night.

Travel costs: Travel costs will be refunded based on the attached Claim Form. The usual EU rules apply; taxi costs will not be refunded. If your departure is after February 28, you may include 50 Euro for dinner February 28. Submit claim form before March 15, 2018.

Issues? Please mail: office ad  For all questions concerning payments, please also contact Paulien Osse; at the seminar, she will be present to facilitate the refunding of costs.

Advance payment: For practical reasons there is no advanced payment this time.

Room accommodation: We booked hotel rooms in Brussels. Please, do not book your own accommodation. Each of you got a separate email with info about the hotel and nights booked! In most of the cases one night (night 27/28 February), in some cases two nights 27/28 and 28/March 1). If you can’t come for whatever reason. Let us know the soonest. We share cancellation cost.

Link to the official website of the Husa President Park hotel

Hotel and catering costs: Accommodation fees, seminar lunches and catering, as well as the seminar dinners, will be paid directly by the organisation. The accommodation arrangement includes breakfast.

Seminar dinner: Seminar dinners will take place on Tuesday 27, 19:00; Restaurant Madou's Folie  •  Rue de la Presse  23  Drukpersstraat   •   1000 Brussels

Target audience: Trade union negotiators, bargaining coordinators and union organizers from 28 EU member countries, responsible for Commerce.

Organizer: Paulien Osse, researcher UvA-AIAS and director WageIndicator Foundation. email: office ad / paulienosse ad .

Telephone: +31 6 53977695



About the BARCOM project: April 2016 – April 2018

With innovative tools for bargaining support in the commerce sector (BARCOM): Improve expertise in industrial relations in the commerce sector by an innovative approach to analyse the content of collective agreements and relating this to the sectoral bargaining systems, resulting in 3 widely available publications, and 28 WageIndicator websites with access to national Collective Agreements, full text and annotated/coded.

The official project site:

Lead partner:

  • University of Amsterdam/AIAS - Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies


  • Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI), Bratislava
  • University of Economics in Bratislava (EUBA), Bratislava
  • EuroCommerce – The Retail, Wholesale and International Trade Representation to the EU, Brussels
  • UNI Europa – Uni Global Union, Brussels

Associate Partner:

  • WageIndicator Foundation, Amsterdam

Where can we find our Collective Agreements?

  • All CBA’s are presented at this web page:

Questions: Please be in touch at office  ad or +31 6 539 77 695.

BARCOM is funded by European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, VP/2015/004