This article explores the social partners' role in a gender quality agenda in construction at skilled operative level. It draws on a survey of the European construction social partners that investigated the presence of women in skilled trades and the policies, collective agreements and practices that play a role in women's integration. The responses indicate that the construction industry still displays inertia and conservatism, and that the social partners coroborate rather than counter this. They express a "discourse" of gender equality, but this does not automatically lead to equal opportunity policies or programmes. The social partners have a platform to make inroads and to change the industry from within, but need further encouragement to put this on their agenda.
|Journal||European Journal of Industrial Relations|
|Pages (from-to)||151 - 179|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|