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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