Unique partnership for inclusive growth and decent work

Published 15 December 2017 in:

Globalisation, digital transformation and rapid technological developments have paved the way for amazing progress around the world. But some people risk being left behind. The Global Deal aims to remedy this situation by strengthening dialogue and cooperation. One early adopter of the Global Deal was Tunisia, a country where social dialogue has been hugely successful.

Launched last year, the Global Deal is a partnership for responsible globalisation that benefits everyone, not just a few. One of the first countries to sign up was Tunisia. It is a unique Global Deal partner, as it is the only country where all three social partners have joined.

The Tunisian Government, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) and the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) all partner in the process of social dialogue to ensure inclusive growth and decent work for everyone in the country, in line with Global Goal 8.

Social dialogue has been particularly fruitful in Tunisia. In fact, the country’s national dialogue was so successful that it was awarded a Nobel Prize.

Two years ago, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, which included UTICA and UGTT, received the Nobel Peace Prize “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011”.

According to Fredrik Florén, Sweden’s Ambassador in Tunis: “The award reminds us of the important role civil society and social actors can play for a country’s democratic development. Social dialogue is vital for creating favourable conditions for economic growth in a period of political change.”


About the Global Deal
The ‘Global Deal for Decent Work and Inclusive Growth’ was initiated by Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven last year and is being run together with the International Labour Organisation and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The aim is to jointly tackle challenges on the global labour market through strengthened dialogue and improved cooperation, and provide everyone with the opportunity to benefit from globalisation. Some 60 partners – countries, trade unions, companies and employer organisations – have joined the Global Deal, and it is continuing to grow. France was one of the most recent countries to join. The Global Deal is a concrete contribution to Global Goal 8 on decent work and economic growth in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Read more about the Global Deal at www.theglobaldeal.com.

This case relates to Global Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth.