social dialogue

Social dialogue brings together workers, employers, and the government (the so-called tripartite actors) to explore and discuss issues of common interest and negotiate solutions. In practice, this means that social dialogue allows for the negotiation of salaries, social protection mechanisms and the general conditions of work (e.g., decent working hours or time-off work to care for family members that are ill).
It is important that social dialogue is inclusive, as it can contribute to a more equitable society and the interests of different groups may differ. As such, social dialogue plays a key role in achieving the ILO’s objective of achieving decent work for men and women.