Webinar: Joining forces for social dialogue

DIEH - Dansk Initiativ for Etisk Handel


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Type: Webinar
Start dato: 27.10.2021
Start tidspunkt: 13:00
Sted: Online

Spotligt on collaborations between trade unions and buyers for social dialogue in producing countries.

Workers as well as businesses benefit from safe and productive employment with respect for labour rights. This needs to be actively supported at production sites, sector and industry level and at national as well as international level.

Social dialogue – including all types of negotiation, consultation and exchange of information - between workers, employers and government is a vital mechanism in the continuous development of a sound labour market. It can contribute to safeguarding core labour rights and plays an important role in the achievement of SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth.

A range of examples demonstrate the potential of direct collaboration between trade unions and buying companies or their business associations to motivate and facilitate social dialogue between the social partners:

  • The Freedom of Association Guideline in Myanmar is an agreement between local trade union IWFM and employers supplying garment, textile and footwear to brands that are members of the ACT initiative, on effective implementation of the right to freedom of association.
  • The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety is an agreement between signatory companies sourcing garments from Bangladesh and the two international union federations IndustriALL and UNI Global Union to finance and implement safety inspections, remediation and trainings.
  • Establishment of a negotiated minimum wage in Ugandawhere the National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU) and the Federation of Uganda Employers jointly worked for the Government to adopt a minimum wage, with support from the Confederation of Danish Industry and the Danish Trade Union Development Agency.

With this webinar, we will present results, learnings and aspirations from these collaborations between trade unions in producing countries and buying companies or their business associations. 

You will hear: 

  • Jesper Friis, chief consultant at the Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Khaing Zar, President of Industrial Worker's Federation of Myanmar, 
  • Andrei Vasiliev, social impact manager BESTSELLER,
  • Douglas Opio, Executive Director of Federation of Uganda Employers.
  • Jesper Nielsen, head of international department at 3F United Federations

The webinar is free and open for all. Sign up here. 

The webinar is part of the MYPOD project, funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the DMDP Programme.

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