Social partners in partnership with the International Labour Organization marked new perspectives for social dialogue in Moldova

The Territorial Commissions for Collective Consultations and Bargaining (TCCCB) represent a platform for social dialogue able to bring together representatives of local public authorities, associations of trade unions and employers at local level.  The representatives of the territorial employment subdivisions,  members of the TCCCB from the districts of Cahul, Soroca, Ștefan Voda, Edineț, Orhei, Căușeni, Cantemir and Cimișlia met in Chisinau February 18-21 to discuss the possibilities of developing social partnerships at territorial level and their contribution to solving social-economic and employment challenges. 

In the first part of the workshop, Cristina Miheș, Social Dialogue and International Labour Standards Specialist of the ILO spoke about the many aspects of social dialogue, and the role of the social partners. Ms Mihes shared good practices from Europe appropriate to the context of Moldova.

Participants discussed the importance of elaboration, implementation and monitoring of employment policies at both the national and local levels.  The representatives of employers, unions and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection discussed the need to improve the structure of employment by economic branches and geographical areas and a better social inclusion of disadvantaged people.

A national consultant on labor market analysis offered the participants a better understanding of labor market trends based on a statistics that will enable to formulate solutions for social-economic development anchored in the local reality.

"Social dialogue and collective action can offer solutions for the most stringent local problems. Local public authorities, employers and workers, as well as local communities play a crucial role in the dynamics of the labour market.  The generation of jobs, business development, development of skills and competencies to achieve a better life quality for people depends on them. A viable model for boosting the local market is piloted by the ILO in Cahul with the support of Cahul TCCCB”, explained Ala Lipciu, ILO National Coordinator.   

The Local Employment Partnership (LEP) in the Cahul district provides for the creation and formalization of over 260 jobs and launching of 106 businesses in beekeeping, creative industries and crafts. Around 670 persons of Cahul, including people at risk of social exclusion, will directly benefit from the opportunities offered by LEP and about 1000 people from the community will become indirect beneficiaries.

According to Violeta Vrabie, the coordinator of the ILO project "Promoting youth employment", the TCCCB in Cahul has to ensure the sustainability of this Partnership and to promote it in other regions of the country.

The workshops are organized with the financial assistance of the International Labour Organization (ILO) within the project "Promoting youth employment".

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