In many developing countries, there is no strong tradition for social dialogue between trade unions and employer and business organizations. This increases the risk of labour conflicts quickly becoming critical and resulting in social turbulence, low productivity and job insecurity. A situation that does not benefit neither workers, businesses nor society.
The precondition for a productive social dialogue is the existence of strong and equal organizations on each side of the table. Who trust each other to keep their promises.
When each party is able to organize, engage in constructive dialogue, and negotiate binding agreements through democratically elected representatives, they are better able to create long-term solutions. This applies to issues such as salaries, social security, work environment, as well as technical and vocational education and training.
Strong labour market organizations contribute positively to the development of democratic societies. With the support from their members, they can contribute to public debate and influence legislation within policy areas like trade, social security, gender equality, health and education.
The Danish Trade Union Development Agency, the Confederation of Danish Industry, and 3F each work to support sister organizations in taking part in social dialogue at bipartite and tripartite levels.