Sound industrial relations and effective social dialogue are a means to promote better wages and working conditions as well as social justice. As instruments of good governance they foster cooperation and economic performance, helping to create an enabling environment for the realization of the objective of Decent Work.
In times of economic crisis and overhaul economic and social reforms, labour disputes are a common feature of workplace relations. Prevention and settlement of such disputes in a peaceful, fair and cost-effective manner, likely to avoid social unrest, are critical for the economic growth and social progress of the country
The effective application of existing labour law and its alignment with relevant EU labour law and directives – such as in the field of occupational safety and health, working conditions, discrimination, industrial relations – are a critical and challenging dimension of labour policies and practices. While a long-term solution requires a combination of different policies and tools, enhanced compliance through a better performing labour inspection function is critical.
The Central Eastern European Labour Legislation database (CEELex) is a legal database containing labour and industrial relations related legal texts and covering thirteen CEE countries, including the six project countries. It is continuously developed by ILO making comparative and systematized up-to-date data available to decision makers in the areas of labour law and industrial relations.