Social dialogue: training for senior civil servants

30.04 2024

An important tool for ensuring resilience and cohesion in times of war is social dialogue, as interaction between all parties to address the problems of society.

The role of social dialogue in the development of the civil service was discussed at the opening of the training for senior civil servants under the programme ‘Social Dialogue as a Mechanism of Public Administration in the Context of War, Post-War Reconstruction and Ukraine’s Accession to the EU’.

The purpose of the training is to enhance knowledge on the implementation of European standards of social dialogue as an effective mechanism of public administration. Nineteen officials of category A have been registered to attend the programme.

The experts will be Olga Petroy, Doctor of Science in Public Administration, Professor, Head of the Analytical and Consulting Centre for Public Administration and Law, Director of the Social Dialogue Laboratory of the Trade Union of Employees of State Institutions of Ukraine, Karin Brunzel, International Secretary of Fackforbundet ST, and Oleksandr Shubin, Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine.

It should be added that the High School, together with the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service and with the support of the Trade Union of Employees of State Institutions of Ukraine, developed two advanced training programmes on social dialogue. 69 civil servants of category B have already upgraded their skills in this area.

Also last year, in cooperation with the International Labour Organization, we created an online course on Social Dialogue and Labour Relations, which is available on the High School’s learning platform. To date, 326 students have registered for the course, and 170 have successfully completed it.

According to the training organisers, it is important to understand that social dialogue in the context of war, post-war recovery and European integration aspirations is an ongoing process. The government, civil society and other stakeholders must constantly cooperate to solve urgent problems, overcome challenges and build the future.