Reinforcing social dialogue as an instrument for stability

The Assembly today expressed its concern with regard to the “lower significance and changing role of trade unions” which “could further increase social and economic inequalities”.

While insisting on “the need for a strong social dialogue, based on a healthy balance of power, an open and trustful dialogue and full respect of international standards”, the parliamentarians adopted a resolution, based on a report by Ögmundur Jónasson (Iceland, UEL), which calls member States to “ratify and fully implement the European Social Charter and its Additional Protocol Providing for a System of Collective Complaints”.

The text calls furthermore upon member States to “co-operate closely in designing modern labour market policies and institutions, capable of continuously adapting to socio-economic changes”.