As defined by the International Labour Organisation – ILO, social dialogue includes all types of negotiation, consultation or simply exchange of information between representatives of [public authorities], employers and workers.
At our premises, social dialogue should be the means by which the Commission, as an employer, discusses with your trade union representatives (Trade Union or Professional Representatives or OSPs) any matter relating to the staff policy and working conditions of officials and other servants. Relations between the OSPs and the employer are laid down in Article 10c of the Staff Regulations and are governed by a framework agreement (the “Framework Agreement” concluded on 18 December 2008).
Social dialogue was not always honest or fully respected by the previous Commissions, but with the current one it is reduced to chagrin. Indeed, with the notable exception of decisions on working time and harassment, there has been no social dialogue. More information