ASEM Labour and Employment Ministers, when they met in Hanoi (October 2013) recognised the importance of social dialogue taking place in many countries based on mutual trust and shared objectives, in helping implement policies to accelerate a job-rich recovery, shaping a more stable and inclusive path for the global economy as well as buiding up social cohesion.

The event contributed to a mutual knowledge of common challenges thanks to exchanges of experiences and good practices in the area of social dialogue among ASEM countries, also in the context of ILO work.

The international seminar addressed “Social progress through social dialogue in a rapidly changing business environment” by highlighting two topics :

  1. The strengthening of institutions and processes of social dialogue, collective bargaining, and workplace cooperation.
  2. How to encourage bipartite cooperation and cross-border social dialogue to address workplace challenges in plants integrated in international supply chains?