8 October 2019
Building Bridges: How social dialogue benefits people and business

8 October 2019
Building Bridges: How social dialogue benefits people and business

Mondiaal FNV Conference
8 October 2019

Everything you always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask….

Mondiaal FNV seeks to raise awareness of the concept of social dialogue (SD) and to draw attention to the benefits for all stakeholders: workers, employers, governments and civil society. This is why the conference “Building Bridges: How social dialogue benefits people and business” will focus on why social dialogue is vital for development and how to promote it in practice at all levels, from companies to countries.

Participants will include speakers from different countries and backgrounds, government officials, local trade union leaders, employer representatives, company managers, researchers and global union representatives.

The registration for the conference is closed. If you want to register for a place on the waiting list, click on the button below.

“Stable industrial relations, bargaining processes and dialogue are fundamental to obtaining decent work for all. There are challenges that we need to face if we are to establish genuine bargaining and dialogue processes.”

Captured the moments: photos and cartoons of this year’s event


The opening of the conference by Han Busker, President of FNV, will be followed by two plenary sessions and two rounds of break-out sessions, offering you a choice from many inspiring and noteworthy examples from various sectors and countries. Representatives from the world of science, governments, NGO’s, companies and trade unions will give lectures and participate in the discussion panels and break-out sessions. Keynote speaker is Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, founder of Number 5 Foundation. Facilitator of the conference is Alette van Leur, Director of the Sectoral Policies Department at the ILO in Geneva.


Welcome with coffee and tea and opening by Han Busker, president FNV.
Morning session
Keynote: Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Founder Number 5 Foundation
Introduction of SD, how SD contributes to development and panel on WHY social dialogue is necessary for development
First round of break-out sessions and lunchbreak
Afternoon session

Presentation and debate on HOW to build effective social dialogue
Second round of break-out sessions
16.30- 17.30
Closing and drinks


Break-out sessions

Capacity development for social dialogue at company level
Social dialogue at national level – Nepal and Peru
Inclusive social dialogue for informal workers
Respecting trade union rights – approaches for business


The conference will be held in “De Veerensmederij”, situated right next to Amersfoort Central Station .

Address: Soesterweg 330, 3812 BH Amersfoort (NL)


About Mondiaal FNV

Mondiaal FNV is part of the FNV trade union confederation. Mondiaal FNV supports projects in over 100 countries located in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe through resources from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, of FNV and its affiliates.

1. Capacity development for social dialogue at company level

Bargaining at company level in the South. Is it important? Yes, it is. Is it a fundamental right? Yes, it is. But is it easy? Not always.

Mondiaal FNV is able to support trade unions in facilitating dialogue and bargaining processes. How do we do that? In this break-out session we will explain this by way of concrete examples and we will discuss a case together. Alejandro Arrieta Pongo, Manager of fruits and vegetables company Camposol from Peru will explain successful experiences in building a social dialogue structure with the local union, with the support of Mondiaal FNV and DECP (Dutch Employers’ Cooperation Programme). Janepher Nassali, Secretary General of the young trade union UHISPAWU, will speak about how they have been trained in collective bargaining and social dialogue by FNV, and how it helped to improve the social dialogue, wages and labour conditions at flower farms.

2. How do you build up a social dialogue at national level in a new context? Experiences from Nepal and Peru.

The king is gone: new forms of social dialogue are emerging in Nepal! Since the ending of the monarchy, Nepal has entered into a new era. Social partners and the government are reviving their abilities to enter into social dialogue in order to improve labour conditions.

During this break-out session, Mr Binod Shrestha of the Nepalese trade union platform JTUCC and Mr. Chandra Prasad Dhakal of the Nepalese Chamber of Commerce FNCCI, will tell you all about their experiences in social dialogue. In Peru the employers’ organisation SNI and trade union centre CGTP established a bipartite table, without the government, in addition to the tripartite table. Why did they choose to do so? José Luís Correo Naranjo, Director of SNI, will tell you all about it in this workshop.

3. Inclusive social dialogue: Informal workers claiming recognition and negotiation spaces

With an increasing number of informal workers across the globe (both in formal and informal sectors), making social dialogue inclusive to these workers is crucial for establishing stable peaceful industrial relations.

Researcher Zjos Vlaminck will present her study on informal workers in 8 countries carried out for Mondiaal FNV. Jyoti Macwan, General Secretary of SEWA, India will present the case study of street vendors in India, to show how informal workers have claimed negotiation spaces by matching their organisational strength with windows of political opportunity. Specific attention will be given to the coalitions that informal workers have built, the enabling or obstructing conditions encountered and the roles played by the different social partners (e.g. companies, government departments, politicians). Participants will be asked to reflect on the presented cases from their own knowledge and experience in an interactive session.

4. Respecting trade union rights in global supply chains: practical approaches for business

Respecting freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining remains for most companies one of the most challenging areas in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Nevertheless, it is critical that companies become more effective – not least because effective implementation of trade union rights is an enabler for many other rights areas. Based on research conducted by Shift and Mondiaal FNV, together we will introduce a new tool to help companies diagnose internal and external challenges; learn about inspiring examples from companies and their stakeholders; and explore together what has worked, what hasn’t, and how to take action that can make an actual difference for workers.

With: David Vermijs, senior advisor at Shift.