Developing the culture of social dialogue in France
Type of text :
Opinion and report
Type of referral :
Working group :
Section for Labour and Employment
Date adopted : 05/25/2016
Social dialogue encompasses all forms of negotiation, consultation, information and dialogue, irrespective of the level, between or among representatives of employees and employers and possibly the public authorities, on issues of common interest relating to economic and social policy.
It typically calls on a whole host of rules and institutions which are designed and analysed by specialists in social law in particular. But it also implies perceptions and practices of industrial relations stakeholders and society itself which are firmly entrenched in our social history. It is this cultural dimension that we focus on in this opinion.
If the culture of social dialogue in our country is to improve, first and foremost the stakeholder organisations and public authorities must be able to communicate clearly about its contribution to the running of a democratic State and about its practical utility for companies and public authorities. On the one hand social dialogue helps to foster balanced, dynamic work collectives (companies and public authorities); on the other, it ensures that workers and employers alike take part in the different forms of public action that are grounded in work and production (social protection, vocational
training, industrial policy and so on).