social partner

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Is the term used within the European Union to refer to economic interests, such as business and labour. The representatives of the social partners are deemed to be the central confederations of trade unions and employers, and it is assumed that both partners are equally legitimate, should be consulted by national governments and the European Union, and can, in principle, cooperate to promote economic and social well-being. [See social dialogue and social partnership.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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