An Executive Council Statement to the 1998 Annual Delegate Meeting - Social Partnership.
Download: Social Partnership EC Statement 1998
Date Posted: 8 April 1998
There are several reasons for this. Social
partnership is very fashionable right now. It seems as if everyone
is talking about partnership. It has become the new "buzzword" in
The new Government, the TUC and the CBI are
all promoting partnership at work. Every week there is another
conference held somewhere in the country on the topic of
There is a huge amount being written about
the issue. Industrial relations commentators are saying this is the
most exciting thing to happen to UK industry in years. No-one is
talking about any other approach to industrial relations. Social
partnership has become the only show in town.
At a time when everyone is talking about
partnership, the Union needs to get involved and get on board. This
is a new and challenging area of work for the Union as Social
partnership is a very recent development in the UK. It will mean
both unions and companies learning to do things differently. Some
of the traditional ways we have had of doing things may need to
change. Social partnership means new ways of working for us
Because partnership has only arrived here in
the last few years, employers and unions are still coming to grips
with what it means.We do not have one definition of social
partnership which everybody agrees with. Instead, partnership is
talked about as being a set of broad principles. It is still being
debated and defined.
The Union needs to be part of this debate.
We have an important contribution to make to the debate on
partnership, not least the experience of our members. An ADM paper
on social partnership will help us to prepare ourselves for the
challenges ahead, and to contribute to and influence the debate
which is taking place.
Social partnership EC Statement was
correct at date of publication April 1998.