EU sources -Social dialogue under strain -April 11, 2013

A report published by the European Commission shows that the on-going economic crisis poses a serious challenge to the dialogue between workers' and employers' representatives and governments. Recent government reforms have not always been accompanied by fully effective social dialogue, leading to increasingly conflictual industrial relations in Europe. The report acknowledges that countries in which social dialogue is well-established and industrial relations institutions are strong, generally are those where the economic and social situation is more resilient and under less pressure.



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