EU Amb Michael_Reiterer briefed journalists about "social
dialogue" organised by @euinkorea, FKTU and KCTU on April
10th morning in the European Union Seoul Office. European
experts presented diverse systems in the EU with one
msg:"Social dialogue is in the DNA of the EU, contributes to
growth, more/better jobs, overall welfare of society."
European social dialogue refers to discussions, consultations,
negotiations and joint actions involving organisations
representing the two sides of industry (employers and
workers). It takes two main forms:
a tripartite dialogue involving the public authorities,
a bipartite dialogue between European employers and
trade union organisations. This takes place at cross-industry level and within sectoral social dialogue committees.
Social dialogue at all levels is therefore built into the
economic and social life of the European Union and contributes
to the creation of growth and jobs.
In the context to spread Social Dialogue concept, The
Delegation of the European Union, jointly with the Federation
of Korean Trade Unions, the Korean Confederation of Trade
Unions, organised the first workshop on Social Dialogue,
bringing in the European Union perspectives, on 10 April,
in Seoul. The Social Dialogue workshop was designed to
share, with South Korean social partners, the EU's experience
of social dialogue at different levels (European, National,
Industry and Enterprises).
The discussions focused on the role that government,
trade unions and businesses have played in building
political trust in the process of social dialogue and in
setting up a legal infrastructure for tripartite cooperation,
according to EU Delegation Seoul.
To that effect, a wide range of experts have been invited,
including officials from the European Commission, the
International Labour Organisation (ILO) and representatives
from the European Trade Union Confederation, European
Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public
Services and Services of general interest and the countries
of Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands. Speakers from
the Korean Economic and Social Development Committee,
the Federation of Korean Trade Unions, the Korean
Confederation of Trade Unions and the Korea Employers
Federation [as well as representatives from the Korean
Employers Federation and the Ministry of Employment and Labour].