On 15 January BSCI brought together representatives of Oxfam, ILO and trade union federations among other key stakeholders for a Round Table meeting in Agadir (Morocco) to discuss ways to build social dialogue between management and workers. The event, entitled "Developing Social Dialogue in Businesses: Grievance Mechanisms – How to Meet Expectations", built on a previous edition held in November 2013 that identified important themes for better management of labour relations in the Moroccan agricultural sector.
As the BSCI Code of Conduct reflects through the "Rights of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining" principle, social dialogue is a fundamental area to improve conditions for workers. During this meeting, participants discussed means to improve communication and trust in the relationship between employers and unions and the need for awareness campaigns to reinforce a culture of social dialogue within businesses.
On the table was as well the topic of skills development, particularly in relation to union officials and executives, and the need to increase legal compliance. BSCI believes that establishing a collective labour agreement in the agricultural sector in Morocco is a fundamental step towards protecting workers' rights as well as ensuring companies' competitiveness.
The Round Table dialogue was followed by a workshop to kick off a BSCI pilot project on effective grievance mechanisms with six local producers, supporting them to successfully organise elections of worker representatives at their company. BSCI will continue to support efforts with its partners in this country, to provide dedicated capacity building around the area of grievance mechanisms.