Social dialogue and conflict resolution

Kranj, 31 March - 2 April 2004 Kokra Hotel (Brdo Estate) Kranj, Slovenia

National development project - Hungary
by Beáta Nacsa and András Tóth

Outline of a National Development Plan of the social partners for improving conflict resolution mechanism in Hungary

On the on the tripartite seminar on conflict resolution in CEEC organised by the European Foundation of Improvement of Living Conditions, Dublin, held in Prague in November 17-18, 2003, the representatives of the government and social partners have embraced the idea of extension of mandate of MKDSZ in order to re-enforce conflict resolution system in Hungary. The participants of the workshop have developed a strategic project re-inforce conflict resolution system in Hungary. The social partners have elaborated the national development plan based on six questions, as follows:

  1. What to develop?
  2. Why to develop?
  3. When will this process take place?
  4. Who are responsible for the implementation?
  5. Where to develop?
  6. Which means/funds are available for this purpose?

The draft national development plan contains, following the above listed questions, the following project.

  1. What to develop?
    • Preparation of legislation on dispute resolution mechanism in labour disputes;
    • Extension of mandate of MKDSZ;
    • Raising awareness and capabilities of social partners for devising workplace level grievance procedure scheme;
    • Offering a third party involvement in individual dispute resolution (grievance procedure).
  2. Why to develop?
    • Fair treatment in individual labour disputes;
    • Development of high trust-highly efficient workplace model;
    • Increasing competitiveness and a peaceful social partnership;
    • Transforming the hidden conflicts and tensions into a transparent dialogue system (ADR);
    • Preparing partners for long term negotiations.
  3. When will this process take place?
    • Preparing a plan in 2004;
    • Social dialogue and legislation process: 2006;
    • Building up the system: 2007-2010.
  4. Who are responsible for the implementation?
    • Relevant social partners (decision is to be made by the National Interest Reconciliation Council, but with the involvement of local governments);
    • Final implementation is the responsibility of the Parliament and the task of government and MKDSZ.
  5. Where to develop?
    • Undertaking level;
    • Branch and sectoral level;
    • Regional level;
    • National level.
  6. Which means/funds are available for this purpose?
    • Human resources of social partners;
    • Financial resources (state budget, other contributions);
    • Recourses to international best practices;
    • ILO recommendations;
    • EU funds;
    • Professional support of the Dublin Foundation.
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