Already in 1995, an organisation called the Development Council was established jointly by the social partners in central government. It was steered by a board appointed by the social partners and its core mission was to support joint projects at the agency level according to applications put forth by local social partners. Many of these projects were successfully completed, reported and evaluated. Additionally, some projects in the fields of gender equality, transparency, ethics, diversity and master educational programmes were carried out by the council itself.
By an agreement in 2008, the national social partners changed the organisation’s mission and name. Since then, it has been called the Central Government Social Partners’ Council or, in short, the Social Partners’ Council (Rådet för partsgemensamt stöd inom det statliga avtalsområdet or Partsrådet) and its mission is to provide support to the local social partners’ implementation of core aspects of the collective agreements reached by the national social partners.
According to a collective agreement, the Social Partners’ Council is financed by contributions from the central government agencies. These contributions are a small percentage,...
The Social Partners’ Council is led by a joint board of six representatives; SAGE appoints three members and each of the three national unions appoint one.
Is the collaborative work of the social partners in the Social Partners’ Council worthwhile? For the following reasons, the answer is yes: