Workers are not required to join a union on a given job. However, most sectors of activity with an average trade union organization of 70% are subject to a collective agreement. An agreement does not prohibit higher wages and better social benefits, but sets a legal minimum, much like a minimum wage. In addition, a national agreement on income policy is often, but not always, reached, including all trade unions, employers` organisations and the Finnish government.  In the Common Law, Ford v A.U.E.F. , the courts once decided that collective agreements were not binding. Second, the Industrial Relations Act of 1971, introduced by Robert Carr (Minister of Labour in Edward Heath`s cabinet), provided that collective agreements were binding, unless a written contractual clause explained otherwise. Our working conditions largely determine our living conditions (and those of our families), which is why it is essential to ensure decent working conditions for all. Social dialogue is one of the main means of promoting satisfactory working conditions and peace and social justice. It includes negotiations and consultations between the various actors in the labour market, collective bargaining, as well as the settlement and settlement of disputes. Successful social dialogue has the potential to resolve important economic and social issues and effectively address economic crises. .