Social Partnership in Relation to Social Welfare and Wages Policy Social Dialogue must aim at shaping change with a view to reconciling competitiveness and social inclusion. Many Maltese commentators tend to play down the potential that social partnership can offer. However the dynamics of social dialogue can make social partnership an effective instrument for the sustainability of social policy.

The Centre for Labour Studies (formerly Workers Participation Development Centre) at the University of Malta is organising a half day tripartite seminar aimed at providing a critical analysis of these dynamics.  The theme of this seminar is 'Social Partnership in Relation to Social Welfare and Wages Policy'. The main speaker for this seminar is Dr. Kees J. Vos from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, Directorate for International Affairs at the Hague, the Netherlands (see short biographical note below).

A panel of Maltese speakers, consisting of the top officials of GWU, UHM, CMTU, MCESD and MEA, will provide the Maltese perspective of this issue based on their experience as social actors involved in the institutionalisation of social partnership in Malta. The seminar is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Friday 22nd April 2005 starting at 8.45 a.m. It is being sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES).

Dr. Kees J. Vos. Short Biographical Note
After having worked as a research assistant in social sciences Dr Vos started to work at the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in 1970. Since then he has held different posts in the Ministry in areas such as workersí participation, safety and health and international social policy. He has been a member of several national and international administrative boards and committees, co-editor of scientific magazines and co-published some hundred books and essays on industrial relations, working conditions, national and international social policy. Latest publications deal with the Dutch Poldermodel (2002), European Social Policy (2003), Industrial Relations in Central and Eastern Europe Countries (2004) and European Social Model (2005).

Programme:
08.45 - 09.00 Welcome Drink
09.00 - 09.15 Introduction and Welcome Speech
09.15 - 10.15 Social Partnership: Its Role in Reconciling Competitiveness and Social Inclusion.
Speaker: Dr Kees J. Vos
10.15 - 10.45 Coffee Break
10.45 - 11.30 The Maltese Experience. A Panel of Maltese Speakers
   Mr Gejtu Vella UHM Secretary General
   Mr John Bencini CMTU President
   Mr Victor Scicluna MCESD Chairperson
   Mr Tony Zarb GWU Secretary General
11.30 - 11.45 Break
11.45 - 12.45 Social Partnership: An Effective Instrument for the Sustainability of Social Policy.
Speaker: Dr Kees J. Vos
12.45 - 13.15 Discussion from the Floor
13.15 - 13.30 Conclusion
13.30   Lunch