The ILO launched a new project entitled “Enhancing labour inspection effectiveness” in April 2009 targeting Albania, Armenia, Moldova, Montenegro, the FYR of Macedonia and Kazakhstan under the 2008-09 Co-operation Agreement between Norway and ILO.
The project’s goal is to assist these countries to strengthen and modernise their labour inspectorates, building on early advice and reforms in order to enhance their overall effectiveness and impact. The project will also help to improve compliance with national legislation and to implement international labour standards, and in the longer term it should also enhance labour productivity and employment prospects.
The immediate objectives of the project are:
- Labour inspectorates are strengthened and modernized, moving towards more prevention-oriented organizations.
- Labour inspectorates, employers’ and workers’ organisations and other institutional partners are in a better position to engage in programmes to promote compliance with legislation.
The work varies from country to country but will focus on:
- Undertaking labour inspection audits in cooperation with social partners and other stakeholders to analyse where modernisation is needed.
- Developing national labour inspection action plans in consultation with social partners and other stakeholders.
- Helping to increase financial resources to enable the provision of adequate means, locations and facilities for labour inspectors.
- Developing data collection systems for better planning and programming and to facilitate the definition of future priorities.
- Developing training programmes, training of trainers and participate in special training including training of inspectors in the fishing sector and in areas such as forced labour and HIV/AIDS.
- Enhancing coordination among the various ministries and government agencies responsible for working conditions of people in the fisheries sector.
- Raising awareness of labour inspection’s role amongst employers, workers and other stakeholders to help employers and workers understand their rights and responsibilities.
- Building wider partnerships with social partners and other stakeholders, like educational, research and training institutions, to increase the overall impact of labour inspection.
- Mainstreaming the gender dimension to increase the number of trained female inspectors and to promote gender equality through the work of inspectors.
- Engaging more effectively in Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and employer-led audit schemes.
The article was taken from ILO Newsletter