Social dialogue on occupational health and safety is the key element to institutionalize labors’ agenda that eventually leads to the overall prosperity of both workers and the nation. The existing labor acts and regulations in Nepal have some provisions for social security for government employees; however, the informal economy workers are excluded from the formal system of social protection. Whereas the need for broad-based social protection is increasing day by day not only for wage laborers but also for the self-employed, the poor marginalized and socially excluded groups. With globalization and privatization gaining increasing prominence, social protection has become the need of the hour. To uplift living standards of workers through social security provisions, long term planning and vision of a comprehensive social security system has become more important.
With the purpose of promoting trade union movement to ensure complete social security in Nepal, ANTUF has been rigorously holding regular consultation and dialogue with stakeholders such as political parties, employers, government bodies, etc. demanding for the ratification and implementation of the ILO conventions. The continuous initiation of social dialogue initiated by ANTUF has resulted in some visible changes in implementing basic schemes of social security in some sectors of formal sectors. ANTUF further envisages intensifying right-based social dialogue in days to come to establish a democratic market in Nepal for both formal and informal economy workers.