Entry from British & World English dictionary
An individual or organization, such as an employer, trade union, or employee, participating in a cooperative relationship for the mutual benefit of all concerned.
- More than 20 non-governmental organisations and institutes, social partners, representatives of the National Association of Municipalities and academics took part in the discussion.
- Political parties couldn't come to an agreement, so they asked the social partners (employers and trade unions) to deal with it.
- All of the social partners, including trade unions, employers and community groups, broke from their high-level meeting with the Government to line up behind the ministers as the bells of Christchurch Cathedral rang out.
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