Published On: Thu, Feb 14th, 2013

Curaçao Stakeholders Recommit to Tripartism Code, National Dialogue

Government CenterWILLEMSTAD, Dutch Caribbean Business - At the Curaçao Council of Ministers meeting on February 6, 2013, the social partners recommitted to Kolaborativo and the code of social dialogue and tripartism.

The Council of Ministers and their social partners from commerce and labor agreed that it was promising to meet together and discuss, through the social dialogue process, how to proceed to ensure the participation of all social partners in Kolaborativo, the national tripartite social dialogue platform of Curaçao.

Kolaborativo is a formal structure that is Curaçao’s model for “social dialogue”. The term “social dialogue” reflects the constitutional principle of tripartism of the ILO (International Labour Organization). “Social dialogue” entails a “three way interaction between government, employers’ organizations and workers’ representatives in formulating or implementing labor, social or economic policy.

The Council of Ministers is shortly expected to reaffirm the agreements set forth in the social dialogue protocol of 2003 and to work toward the ratification of the international ILO conventions 144 and resolution 152. Representatives of commerce and unions were glad to hear that the ministers will again participate in the regular Kolaborativo meetings and will bring forward specific topics for discussion in the platform and for National Dialogue discussions with the community-at-large.

The stakeholders have agreed to call the second plenary session of the Urgent National Dialogue in the near future to review the actions of the government up to now and to seek how the social partners can help to offer solutions that will protect the most vulnerable, while lowering government expenses, and to stimulate the economy in the interest of the whole community. These actions will hopefully lead to restored confidence in Curaçao and an improved investment climate.

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