Global Deal for Decent Work & Inclusive Growth - Thematic Brief

Social Dialogue and the Future of Work

Social dialogue has been long employed as a tool in the governance of work, with the objective of delivering sustainable economic growth, social justice and the kind of high-trust work relations that are not only valuable in themselves, but that can also improve business performance and increase workers’ share in rising profitability.
The future of work presents a number of opportunities and challenges that require common solutions achieved through social dialogue. Drawing on case studies from around the world, this thematic brief illustrates how social dialogue can play a key role in managing the future of work transitions, improving the quality of work, and achieving decent work for all. The brief aims to summarize the key drivers of change and possible effects on people, work and labour markets. It also highlights how to strengthen the institutions of social dialogue in order to ensure representative legitimacy, build trust and deliver inclusive outcomes.