DEFINITION: Employers’ associations and trade unions forming the two sides of social dialogue.
– the concept of ‘social partner’ originates in France and Germany and was subsequently taken up in EU circles;
– tripartite social dialogue also associates public authorities and/ or representatives of civil society, NGOs, etc.).
SOURCE: Terminology of European education and training policy-a selection of 100 key terms.. CEDEFOP, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008.
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