Rethinking social dialogue in times of globalization and informalization

Social dialogue includes all types of negotiation, consultation and exchange of information between or among representatives of governments, employers and workers on issues of common interest relating to economic and social policy. Social dialogue gives people a voice and a stake in their societies and workplaces. It is, therefore, central to the functioning of the ILO itself.

In conjunction with the 107th International Labour Conference, this event seeks to raise awareness about opportunities and challenges associated with social dialogue, highlighting its potential and limits in our societies, as well as to facilitate a creative discussion on the different positions and approaches to reinforcing Social Dialogue within and beyond the ILO, at the national and local level. The event also intends to focus on cases where social dialogue is important to create new understandings for the need to protect informal workers and other vulnerable groups in precarious work situations.

For more information on the topic, consult ILO Reports “Social Dialogue and Tripartism” and “Ending  violence and harassment in the world of work”.

Download here the flyer of the workshop.

In conjunction with 107th Session of the International Labour Conference
Wednesday, 30 May 2018
10:00 - 13:00

International Catholic Center of Geneva (CCIG), Kolping international/German Commission for Justice and Peace (GCJP), International Coordination of Young Christian Workers
(ICYCW), International Young Christian Workers (IYCW), and World Movement of Christian Workers (WMCW)
In cooperation with Women in Informal Economy: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
And with the support of World Council of Churches (WCC)


Moderation:  Ms. Hildegard Hagemann, Kolping International/GCJP

10:00 – Welcome
Prof. Dr. Isabel Apawo Phiri, Deputy General Secretary for Public Witness and Diakonia, World Council of Churches
Ms. Maria D’Onofrio, Secretary General, CCIG

10:10 – Opening Remarks
H.E. Mgr. Ivan Jurkovič, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the UN

10:20 – Keynote speech: Social Dialogue as a means to promote decent work for ensuring non-violent places of work?

Ms. Jane Hodges, Former Director, Gender Equality, ILO

10:40 Sharing of experiences of especially vulnerable groups challenging Social Dialogue: Addressing Gender based violence at the workplace - Ms. Leizyl Salem, Asia Pacific Coordinator, IYCW

Empowering migrant workersMs. Floriane Rodier, National Secretary, YCW France Collective bargaining and self-employed informal workers - the example of street vendors - Ms. Lorraine Simbanda, President of StreetNet, ZIMBABWE – partner of WIEGO

11:00 – Questions and Discussion

11:30 – Panel Discussion followed by Plenary Debate
Ms. Jane Hodges, Former Director, Gender Equality, ILO
Ms. Odile Frank, Representative, Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors
Ms. Anna Biondi, Deputy Director, Bureau for Workers’ Activities, ILO
Ms. Sarah Prenger, International President, IYCW
Employers’ Representative, TBC

12h55 - Concluding Remarks
Ms. Marilea Damasio, General Secretary, WMCW - TBC

Main Hall
World Council of Churches 1 Route des Morillons
1218 Grand Saconnex, Switzerland
Bus 5 and F – Stop: “Crêts des Morillons”


Simultaneous interpretation in English and French.
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Report on the panel on social protection as a human rights imperative, held on 30 April , 2018 during the 62nd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR), Nouakchott, Mauritania

The organisers (the Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) and the Global Coalition on Social Protection Floors in conjunction with the Chairperson of the Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) proposed the panel to - create awareness among states and other stakeholders on the human rights importance of social protection measures; educate states and other stakeholders on the relevance of ILO Recommendation 202 on Social protection Floors in addressing poverty and inequality and; elicit debate on the provisions of the Draft Protocol to the African Charter on the Right to Social Security/Protection. The panel was the first of its kind on social security in the history of the African Commission and thus garnered a lot of interest, first for its relevance in the African context and secondly to garner support for the Commission’s draft protocol on social security.

The panel was moderated by Commissioner Jasmine King, the Chairperson Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. She also gave opening remarks on the relevance of Social Security and its Protection as a Human Rights Imperative in Africa. The first presentation was anchored by Ms Allana Kembabazi, representative of Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), and focused on the Draft Protocol to the African Charter on Social Security and Protection: Lessons for Uganda. The second presentation was anchored by Ms Oluwafunmilola Adeniyi, joint representative of Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape and Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors. The presentation focused on the ILO Recommendation 202 on Social Protection Floors.

In summary, the presentations emphasised the parameters of a rights based approach to social security and how the draft protocol entrenches this. The presentations also highlighted the need for African states to move from a piece-meal, welfare approach to a human rights based, coordinated approach for social protection.

Many State representatives in response to the presentations, attempted to highlight their efforts towards social protection for vulnerable groups in their States, what seemed a common thread was the missing sense of coordination among these efforts and in some instances a human rights based approach. Participants questioned whether the draft protocol contained funding mechanisms, including minimum budgetary allocations, which states could employ to ensure the sustenance of whatever social protection measures they employed. Participants also questioned whether the draft protocol included provisions to combat corruption and diversion of resources allocated for social protection.

Download here the report (pdf version).

Funmilola Adeniyi
Doctoral Researcher
Socio Economic Rights Project (SERP)
Dullah Omar Institute
Law Faculty
University of the Western Cape
South Africa

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