The quest for Social Justice: supporting social dialogue in CEE countries

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In recognition of the UN-declared World Day of Social Justice, a day which focuses on the rights of workers and guaranteeing fair outcomes for all through employment, UITP is pleased to announce the launch of a recent project dedicated to social dialogue in central and eastern European countries.

‘Social dialogue’ refers to all types of negotiation, consultation or exchange of information between employers and workers. The objective of social dialogue is to help both employers and workers resolve important economic and social issues, and develop agreeable work conditions and legislation so that all parties are satisfied, and thus, the process offers stability and economic growth in its outcome.

A particularity of the social dialogue in urban public transport in many Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries is the high level of decentralised representation with a lack of sectoral or national organisations.

Social dialogue in CEE countries is organised predominantly in the tripartite—three-part— body, thus being a dialogue between government, employers and labourers. The national Social and Economic Councils, as they call it, make decisions at the state, branch or company level and for different topics.

Because a functioning social dialogue is important for economic growth and employment, the European social partners of the urban public transport sector, UITP, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and EVA Akademie, kicked off a project in December 2017 to support the social dialogue in the CEE countries.

To do so, the project plans joint seminars to exchange experience and information between experts and social partners in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia.

As the ultimate goal, the project aims to strengthen the capacity of social partners to develop the national social dialogue, as well as to improve the knowledge of the European social partners about national concerns and demands in these countries.

For more information, contact Brigitte Ollier.


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