30 June 2023
A report by the OECD on trust in Government and safeguarding democracy – launched today – analyses recent public opinion surveys carried out by the OECD, contains much useful information and makes a series of recommendations to build, strengthen and protect democracy.
The OECD’s ‘Government at a Glance’ report acknowledges
It fails however to link these directly to any threat to democracy and fails to make recommendations to reduce inequality or ensure that living standards are maintained.
Similarly, despite multiple references to inclusion and participation, the OECD does not take the opportunity to promote social dialogue, collective bargaining, consultation of workers or workplace democracy as means to achieve more inclusion and participation.
“Trade unions are a pillar of democracy but freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining is under attack in several OECD countries. Social dialogue is about workplace democracy and enshrines key principles of democracy, namely the right to representation and participation. The OECD can and should do a lot more to promote workers’ rights, collective bargaining and social dialogue”
Among the findings highlighted in the report are that
“A stronger focus by the OECD on social dialogue, collective bargaining and the right to join a trade union and go on strike will be needed as it discusses its ‘shared values’ and prepares for a new Ministerial Meeting on ‘Building Trust and Reinforcing Democracy’ in 2024”.