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20 November 2017 - 01 December 2017

Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy: Trade Union Strategies

20 November 2017 - 01 December 2017

Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy: Trade Union Strategies

Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy: Trade Union Strategies
Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy: Trade Union Strategies

Course structure and contents

Over an intense two-week training and learning program, participants will have the opportunity to take advantage of a rich and flexible learning environment involving international experts working on the topics covered by this regional course. The course will allow participants to acquire an international perspective on informal economy issues through comparative analysis and experiences, and also provide a unique opportunity for networking among themselves and with the international experts. A new workers’ guide to the Recommendation No. 204 will inform the training.

 The course will comprise the following sessions: 

  • The ILO and the International Labour Standards System
  • Fundamental principles and rights at work
  • Freedom of association and collective bargaining as enabling rights of all working people
  • Trade union action in the context of the ILO supervisory system
  • An overview of the informal economy: concepts and typology
  • Gender mainstreaming as strategy for empowering workers in the informal economy
  • Young workers and informal economy
  • ILO integrated framework for the transition to formality
  • Sector-based approach to formalization: decent work for domestic workers
  • Informal economy and public policies: special attention on minimum wages
  • Introduction to Action Planning
  • Recommendation No. 204 concerning the transition from the informal to the formal economy
  • Convention No. 122 on employment policy  and its importance in defining national strategies for formalization of the informal economy
  • Recommendation No. 198 on employment relationship and its importance in defining national strategies for formalization of the informal economy: special attention on Global Supply Chains (GSCs)
  • Governance of GSCs with focus on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MNEs) and informal economy
  • Social dialogue: a tool for shaping the transition from informal to formal economy
  • Informal economy and green jobs
  • Social protection floors Recommendation No. 202: A vital tool for formalization
  • Union policy measures, actions and strategies for practical application of Recommendations Nos. 204 and 202
  • Innovative methods and strategies for organizing workers in the informal economy into trade unions, including collective agreements with local/federal/national Government authorities.
  • Preparing a trade union campaign on formalization of the informal economy
  • Conducting a trade union campaign on formalization of the informal economy
  • Comprehensiveness of decent work from the perspective of training
  • Developing individual action plans on promoting unionism, decent and productive work in the informal economy
  • Final wrap-up: conclusions and recommendations

 Pre-course orientation will be organized in order to get the participants acquainted with the main subjects, objectives and outputs of the course. More details will be provided in the confirmation letter to the participant.

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10127 Turin - Italy

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