ESCB Social Dialogue 14 March 2024

The preamble of a meeting held in Frankfurt emphasised the importance of in-person interaction for discussing social dialogue. The federations expressed concern over the absence of trade union representatives in certain ECB bodies and criticised the Central Bank of Bulgaria for its actions. Trade unions warned of potential social unrest due to economic issues and urged institutions like the ECB to listen more to citizens. Updates on HR activities included discussions on corporate culture and diversity policies. A survey revealed discrepancies in implementing diversity policies across central banks. The meeting also covered updates on the European Centralised Management System (ECMS) and a presentation on the ethical considerations of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the financial sector, stressing the importance of safeguarding workers’ rights amidst technological advancements.