Hemispheric Workshop on Social Dialogue

Topics: 
LABOR
LABOR RELATIONS
Social dialogue
Event date: 
07/12/2022 to 07/13/2022
Host Country: 
Colombia
Objectives: 

The Workshop “Social Dialogue for a sustainable, just and equitable recovery” will take place in hybrid format, thus, participants will be able to join in-person in Bogota, Colombia, or virtually. It will gather representatives from Ministries of Labor, representatives of workers and employers -through COSATE and CEATAL- and international organizations to exchange and analyze experiences on social dialogue, per the objectives set forth below.
This is an activity of the Inter-American Network for Labor Administration (RIAL), hosted by the Ministry of Labor of Colombia, and is a part of the Draft Work Plan 2022-2024 of the IACML.
 
General objective:

  • Strengthen the human and institutional capacities of the Ministries of Labor and social actors to promote, consolidate and achieve more agreements through institutionalized national social dialogue mechanisms.

 
Specific objectives:

  • Exchange and analyze experiences on the functioning of social dialogue instances during the pandemic, especially those where responses, solutions, and policies to address the health and economic crisis were agreed upon in a tripartite way.
  • Identify elements or characteristics within the social dialogue instances that allow the achievement of agreements.
  • Prepare recommendations to strengthen institutionalized national social dialogue instances.

 

Organizers: 

The Inter-American Network for Labor Administration (RIAL) in partnership with the Ministry of Labor of Colombia 

Relevant documents: 

Links to recordings

Morning, July 12  Passcode: Z3?xdXdU
Afternoon, July 12   Passcode: Z3?xdXdU
Morning, July 13   Passcode: v&9qeQ38

Presentations: 

Panel 1 - Social dialogue in response to the pandemic: How did social dialogue instances work in the immediate response to the pandemic and during 2020 and 2021?

The first panel had introductory presentations from Jamaica, Argentina and Barbados, as well as an open space for dialogue, and had the objetive of answering to the following guiding questions: 

  1. What instances of tripartite social dialogue were activated or created to give immediate response to the crisis generated by the pandemic in 2020? What were the successes and challenges of these mechanisms?
  2. Do you consider that the immediate response to the health emergency strengthened or weakened institutionalized social dialogue in your country? Why?
  3. Did reaching responses through tripartite consultations, favored its application and/or contributed to a better environment for labor relations during the pandemic?

 

Moderator: 
Isis Andrea Muñoz, Vice-Minister of Labor Relations of Colombia
Jamaica's presentation, by: - Gillian Corrodus, Divisional Director of Industrial Relations and Allied Services, Ministry of Labor and Social Security - Helene Davis-Whyte, President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions - David Wan, President of the Jamaica Employers Federation
Argentina's presentation, by: - María José Olguin, Analyst, International Affairs, Ministry of Labor - Daniel Funes de Rioja, Chair, Industrial Organization of Argentina - Marta Pujadas, Representative of the General Trade Union Confederation
Barbados' `Presentation, by: - Alison Elcock, Senior Safety and Health Officer, Ministry of Labour and Social Partnership Relations - Sheena Mayers-Granville, Executive Director, Barbados Employers' Confederation

Panel 2 - Social dialogue in the recovery: How to strengthen institutionalized social dialogue in the region?

The second panel had introductory presentations from Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Panama, and had the objetive of answering to the following guiding questions: 
 

  1. Based on your experience, particularly in the recent period, which are the main elements or characteristics that social dialogue mechanisms should have to reach tripartite agreements?
  2. What recommendations does your institution have to strengthen institutionalized social dialogue in your country?
  3.  ¿What recommendations does your institution have to further develop and ensure the full exercise of freedom of association and collective bargaining?

 

Colombia's presentation, by: - Mauricio Rubiano, Director of Fundamental Rights at Work, Ministry of Labor - Alberto Echavarria, Legal Vice-President of ANDI - Ligia Alzate de la Central Unitaria de Trabajadores (CUT), Edwin Guzman, Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT), Rosa Fleréz de la Confederación de Trabajadores de Colombia(CTC)
Paraguay's presentation, by: - Verónica Lopez, Director of International Standards, Ministry of Labor and Social Security - Miguel Zayas, Chair, National Workers’ Confederation - Carlos Machuca, General Manager of the Paraguayan Industrial Organization
Peru's presentation by Jorge Larrea, Technical Secretary of the National Council of Labor and Employment Promotion, and Cabinet Advisor of the Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion
Panama's presentation, by Carlos Ayala, Advisor to the Minister of Labor and Workforce Development and Juan Antonio Ledezma, representative of the employers