Social Dialogue

The Federation of European Social Employers represents national employers in social services, involved in negotiations with workers representatives, in view of improving the quality of the services they provide; as well as to ensure decent jobs and working conditions for all workers. This process is called social dialogue.

European Social Dialogue also exists and involves negotiations between social partners (employers and workers) at European level; through both: 

  •  Sectoral social dialogue committees; bringing together employers and workers from specific sectors in view of negotiating on sector-specific topics of interest. 
  • Cross-sectoral social dialogue; bringing together employers and workers on broader issues which affect all employers and all workers and are not (always) linked to issues affecting any particular sector. These two forms of European social dialogue are organised very differently and involve different social partners.


Although there are over 40 European sectoral social dialogue committees, there is yet to be one which adequately targets the specificities of the social services sector; despite such a sector employing over 10 million staff in Europe and being one of the continent’s biggest job creators.

The Federation of European Social Employers was built to provide a representative European voice to social services employers and aims to set-up - together with the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) - a sectoral social dialogue committee for social services.

The Social Employers also aims to contribute to cross-sectoral social dialogue, by joining one of the cross-sectoral employer organisations already in place.

The Social Employers will allow national employers in social services to become recognised social partners at European level; therefore being in a privileged position to both:

  • Discuss and engage with other employer organisations; and negotiate with workers representatives on issues of key concern to the sector’s development.
  • Have an impact on European legislation and activities.