New ILO book highlights Spain’s achievements in social dialogue during COVID-19
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New ILO book highlights Spain’s achievements in social dialogue during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the main business and trade union organisations in Spain, together with the Spanish Government, have adopted a series of agreements through social dialogue to address key issues such as employment, occupational health and safety, protection of the most vulnerable, work flexibility, training and adaptation to new working realities.

A new book, promoted by the Office of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Spain, brings together these significant tripartite social dialogue agreements of 2020 and 2021. The publication aims to highlight the key role played by all participants in this historical process, emphasizing the priority of national and civic interests over individual ones. It shows the activation of all available dialogue experiences and resources for the common good, proving that consensus and common ground can be found even in the most difficult times.

The agreements detailed in the book go beyond the years covered by the study, contributing to the modernization of the labor market, economic recovery, and the promotion of workers’ and social rights. They serve as an exemplary model of the benefits of social dialogue, consistent with the goals, objectives, guidelines, and international standards for the promotion and defense of workers’ rights and social dialogue established by the ILO. This example aims to inspire other countries and international actors to achieve social justice.

The book can be purchased in the virtual bookstore of the Spanish Ministry of Labour and Social Economy, the department responsible for its publication.