DEVCOBA examines the care labour market and its industrial relations, with a focus on early childhood education and care (ECEC) and long-term care (LTC). The project aims to explore the dynamics, mechanisms and impact of the development of collective bargaining and representation as a way to improve working conditions and reduce staff shortages in the care sector.

Duration: January 2024 – December 2025

Funding: European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion




  • A national-level mapping of collective bargaining and representation structures in the care sector in six countries (Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and Slovakia).
  • Case studies identifying actions and initiatives adopted by social partners in each country to extend collective bargaining coverage.
  • Analysis of workers’ individual positioning and perceptions on job quality, working conditions, and collective representation.
  • Comparative analyses of the situation between the six countries.
  • National and international dissemination activities.

  For more information, please contact:

  Alina Pavicevac
Project & Policy Officer