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, that the organizations on each side of the table are strong and equal. And that they trust each other because they keep their promises.
When each party is able to organize, engage in constructive dialogue, and negotiate binding agreements through democratically elected representatives, they can much more easily create long-term solutions. This applies, for example, to salaries, social security, work environment and 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 LO/FTF Council, the Confederation of Danish Industry, and 3F each work to support sister organizations in taking part in social dialogue and negotiations at both bipartite and tripartite levels.