SOCIAL DIALOGUE : CONFERENCE BRINGS TOGETHER ALL 31 SECTORS.

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aA conference on the European sectoral social dialogue held in Brussels on 13 March, brought together representatives from the unions and employers in 31 sectors with sectoral dialogue committees (ranging from textile to agriculture and construction to chemistry). The conference was charied by Nikolaus van der Pas, who was recently appointed as Director General for DG Employment.

"Sectoral social dialogue has a specific role to play", explained Vladimir Spidla, the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, in his opening speech. "The representatives gathered here today are better placed to judge the current state of the European economy based on the specificities of each sector and to contribute to research into concrete solutions."

Three themes were of particular interest to the participants - predicting and managing change, strengthening social dialogue in an...

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