The Nordic Model is unique both from a European and international perspective, given its comprehensive regulation of the labour market through collective agreements. It has successfully fostered competitiveness, growth and employment in the Nordic region. Historically, it has also contributed to levelling social differences.
A key aspect of the functioning of the model is cooperation between the social partners, and social dialogue. A high rate of trade union organisation, strong and independent social partners (trade unions and employers), broad coverage of collective agreements, and constructive cooperation and trust between the partners are all necessary for stability, predictability, and social peace. The Model contributes to structural transformation and transition.
The Nordic Model will be crucial in reaching the goals on economic, social and ecological development, growth and prosperity. This also makes it a precondition for achieving the ambition of the Nordic prime ministers to make the region the most sustainable and integrated one globally. For these reasons, we believe that tripartite cooperation must be strengthened at every level – sectorally, nationally, and on the Nordic, European and international levels.
Developing tripartite cooperation on the Nordic level constitutes a long term priority for us. In our discussions with the Nordic Council of Ministers, we have encouraged its representatives at different levels and the Nordic employers for some time now to join us in taking responsibility for ensuring a well-functioning Nordic tripartite dialogue.