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Community Platform - About Social Partnership

About Social Partnership

Social Partnership in Ireland is the process used to negotiate and achieve consensus on a range of social and economic policy issues. The present process which began in 1987 was initially limited to the Government, Business, Trade Unions and Farmers.

Organisations representing the unemployed and those experiencing poverty and inequality protested that their members did not benefit from the agreements and so began to lobby to be included in the 1996 negotiations.

The Community Platform and 7 other organisations were successful in their efforts when they were selected by the Government to become the Community & Voluntary Pillar - the fourth social partnership Pillar.

Membership of the Community & Voluntary Pillar has been expanded and is currently made up of 17 representative organisations. Some organisations are both members of the Community Platform and social partners in their own right also. The Environmental Pillar was established in May 2009.

The diagram below provides an overview of the composition of the various Pillars and links to their member organisations.