UNI-Europa Commerce (formerly Euro-FIET) (2000)



EuroCommerce (1993)

Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee (SSDC)

Informal working group:



November 1998

Internal Rules:

30 November 1998

Work Programme:


General overview

The commerce and distribution sector encompasses all types of wholesale trade (agricultural produce, non-food consumer goods, industrial equipment, etc.) and retail trade (large supermarkets, shops selling food, pharmaceuticals, perfumery, etc.), including the motor vehicle trade.

Participants and challenges

An initial “informal working group” was set up in 1985 by the social partners in the commerce sector, who had first made contact with one another in 1983. At that time the participants were Euro-FIET (now UNI-Europa) for the trade unions, and three employers’ organisations – CECD, Fewita and GEDIS – which founded EuroCommerce in 1993. This embryonic social dialogue was officially recognised by the European Commission in 1990.


Commerce could be said to be in a league of its own among the 36 sectors currently organised into Sectoral Social Dialogue Committees. The momentum achieved by the social partners in this sector is quite unlike any other.

Joint texts

The “commerce” sectoral social dialogue has resulted, since 1988, in the adoption of 26 joint texts.

ETUI and Observatoire Social Européen (2010) European Sectoral Social Dialogue Factsheets. Project coordinated by Christophe Degryse, online publication available at

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