Increasing capacity of the trade unions in the Czech Republic

2021/336362 (NF914922)
RILSA Principal investigator:
Mgr. Aleš Kroupa
RILSA Co-investigator:
Mgr. Renata Kyzlinková, Ph.D., PhDr. Štěpánka Lehmann, Ph.D., Ing. Robin Maialeh, Ph.D., Ing. Jana Váňová, Ing. Soňa Veverková
Principal investigator:
Kristin Alsos
Grant provider:
EEA and Norway Grants by Innovation Norway
Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs (RILSA)
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Project end:

The goal of the project is to develop a strategy for stabilizing and possibly strengthening the membership base of trade unions based on research and using the experience of the Norwegian partner.

On the basis of in-depth interviews and a questionnaire survey, existing motivators and barriers to joining unions will be identified among unorganized employees and at the same time among existing union members. The research subject will also be the determination of the attitudes of small businessmen toward organizing themselves in trade unions. In this case, motivators and barriers to entry will also be mapped at the level of entrepreneurs themselves, including legislative and institutional obstacles.

The project will also focus on trade union organizations in the culture sector. Due to the specificity of trade unions and their members in this sector, attitudes to trade union organization among members of trade unions associated with the Confederation of Arts and Culture will be mapped with the help of a survey.

Based on the aforementioned analyses, materials containing basic principles and procedures will be created, which should help union representatives gradually stabilize and eventually strengthen the union base.

The project is supported by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014–2021, from the program “Social Dialogue – Decent Work”.


Project final conference. 30 April 2024

Possibilities of collective representation of the interests of self-employed persons. Renata Kyzlinková (RILSA) (only in CZE)

How do trade unions recruit members? Experiences from Norway. Kristin Alsos & Johanne Stenseth Huseby (FAFO)

As the trade unionists see it. Soňa Veverková (RILSA) (only in CZE)

Trade unions and trade union organization. Aleš Kroupa (RILSA) (only in CZE)

The relationship of non-employees to trade unions and trade union organization. Štěpánka Lehmann (RILSA) (only in CZE)


Guide to the development of the union membership base, 2024. (only in CZE)

HUSEBY, Johanne Stenseth & Kristin ALSOS, 2024. How to unionise freelancers and the solo selfemployed? Experiences from Norway. FAFO Brief.