The promotion of sound industrial relations is a critical part of effective labour market governance. It requires an effective system for the prevention and resolution of labour disputes. There are times when the relationship between workers and employers and their respective organizations will be harmonious and cooperative; at other times there may be disagreement and conflict. Some conflict is inevitable in any work relationship and accepted as normal. The inevitability of labour conflicts, however, does not mean that they should be ignored. Conflict can develop into a dispute with negative consequences for the parties involved and the broader economy and thus needs to be managed. Ideally, conflicts arising within the workplace can be prevented from escalating into formal disputes that then require the intervention of third parties, including State institutions. Strengthening dispute prevention and resolution within workplaces is thus of fundamental importance. However, it is also necessary to consider the various arrangements outside the workplace that can assist employers and workers and their organizations to resolve their disputes through processes such as voluntary conciliation and arbitration, without resorting to the court system unless it is unavoidable. Providing a voluntary, free-of-charge, and expeditious mechanism for labour disputes settlement as suggested by ILO standards is therefore crucial. This may be done within the labour administration, or by an independent commission or board. This workshop will provide a unique opportunity for anyone interested in the promotion of sound industrial relations to get familiar with modern trends regarding labour disputes prevention and resolution and to increase their knowledge on effective labour disputes mechanisms. The training activities will enable participants to identify how to improve the effectiveness of their own labour disputes systems.
Ministry of labour officials, government officials, dispute-resolution agency officials, employers' and workers' representatives, industrial relations practitioners, ILO and international organization officials.
The general objective of the workshop is to improve the participants knowledge on effective mechanisms of labour disputes prevention and resolution.
At the end of the workshop, the participants will have: