The industrial relations sector examines decentralized collective bargaining at the enterprise and local levels and adopts an approach consistent with the theory of labour relations: the analysis encompasses all the relationships developed between social actors at different levels of negotiation. In addition to the treatment of traditional bargaining processes (working time, wages, etc.), the sector attaches great importance to the quality of relations between employee representatives and managers, but also between workers` representatives and employees, as well as with management and employees. There is a dual method of studying labour relations: a quantitative method through a database covering all decentralized collective agreements and a qualitative method that aims to understand the new dynamics of labour relations. Particular emphasis is placed on the impact of technological and organizational changes on labour relations and, more specifically, on worker participation. The quality of decentralized collective bargaining and labour relations is closely linked to the innovation capacity of companies; Innovation processes and collective bargaining play a crucial role in managing the workforce, improving the quality of professional profiles and defining the competitive strategy of the regional economic and industrial system. – Organization of work, lifelong learning and worker participation, IRES Emilia-Romagna is a social and economic research institute established in 1982 by the CGIL trade union confederation of Emilia-Romagna. The IRES ER aims to carry out, in collaboration with associations, agencies, universities and scientists, economic and social research and documentation activities, empirical analyses, databases and observatories on economics and collective agreements. Eurispes has signed international cooperation agreements with: – the Europeanisation of labour relations (i.e. the role of the EECs, the participation of workers in companies within the framework of the status of European society, the transnational negotiation of agreements at the enterprise level), ISTEL (Istituto di Studi Toscani di Economia e del Lavoro) was established in the 1970s as cultural studies on economic and labour issues to support the trade union activity of Cis Toscana. Over time, the Institute has undergone many changes, while respecting and respecting its mission defined in its Statute.Today, the objectives of ISTEL are: The publications of the book of IRES Emilia-Romagna appear in the catalogues of different publishers. ISTEL covers several areas such as the labour market, local and regional development and policy analysis, industrial relations and labour law. – the framework for socio-economic regulation and labour law in Europe; – the creation of European works councils; – the integration of workers into companies within the framework of the status of European society; – standards of national experience in worker participation and labour policy.

In the development of these activities, the IRES ER focuses on social and economic developments, in particular: in May 2016, the direction of the new foundation was defined. The president is Giuseppe Gallo, who leads the general aspects and research areas of the Foundation.