The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that social dialogue is an efficient tool to deal with the multiple challenges that have arisen because of the crisis. It has played a key role in maintaining jobs despite a sudden collapse in demand, and in contributing to safer and better protected workplaces against COVID-19.
The 1st edition of the Global Deal Annual High-Level Social Dialogue Forum will bring together a wide range of policy makers, practitioners, and experts in social dialogue to explore how a strong process of dialogue, consultation and negotiation between governments and social partners can help in addressing the longer term issues brought about by the pandemic. It will also examine how to manage the accelerated introduction of digitalisation and automation in the workplace generated by the COVID-19 crisis.
The Forum will feature high-level panel discussions over four days, as well as sessions led by Global Deal partners on specific topics such as skills development, decent work, social partner agreements, access to social protection and social dialogue and Artificial Intelligence.