The role of labour inspection in ensuring compliance with fundamental principles and rights at work

The role of labour inspection in ensuring compliance with fundamental principles and rights at work

The role of labour inspection in ensuring compliance with fundamental principles and rights at work

16 septembre–4 octobre 2024
Le cours est disponible en English
Présentation du cours

In 1998, the ILO adopted the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) that commits Member States to respect and promote: a) freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; (b) the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; (c) the effective abolition of child labour; and (d) the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation, as these are enshrined in eight ILO conventions (and in the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention of 1930).In June 2022, the International Labour Conference added a safe and healthy working environment as a fifth category. The Declaration makes it clear that these rights are universal, and that all ILO member States, irrespective of their level of economic development, or indeed whether they have ratified the detailed fundamental ILO Conventions, have the obligation, due to their membership of the ILO, to respect and promote this set of principles and rights at work. While there remains a strong international commitment to address violations of these fundamental human rights, decent work is not yet a reality for many people in the world. The ILO estimates that globally 160 million children are engaged in child labour; 79 million of them are performing hazardous work, and that 40 million people are victims of forced labour and other forms of modern slavery, while hundreds of millions of people suffer from discrimination at work. Many workers are not covered by collective bargaining and the rights to organize is often not efficiently protected and, in some cases, even prohibited. Labour inspection plays a fundamental role in the enforcement of labour legislation and is essential for the realization of fundamental principles and rights at work in practice. However, these institutions often face particularly challenging circumstances in carrying out their mandate and functions. Ensuring the protection of vulnerable categories of workers (e.g. underage children, domestic workers and migrant workers just to cite a few), who are especially prone to abuse and exploitation, requires labour inspectors, as well as other law enforcement actors, to take special measures in line with national legislation and international law. Through this four (4) week e-learning course participants will deepen their understanding of how to prevent, identify and act upon violations of FPRW in the workplace. It will also provide them with tools to work around these key issues with more confidence, higher proactivity and efficiency.

Groupes cibles

- Labour inspectorate staff - labour inspectors: general, specialised and management level; - Labour administration staff; - Representatives from trade unions and employers' organizations, private sector and other actors and key parties supporting the promotion and realization of fundamental principles and rights at work through compliance

What will you be able to do?

As a result of this course, participants will have:

  • Increased awareness and knowledge of FPRW, as well as a better understanding of how to deal with them, by preventing, identifying and investigating breaches and taking enforcement actions.
  • Gained, discussed and analyzed information about the role, mandate and actions that the labour inspectorate can employ to prevent, as well as actively identify and act upon violations.
  • Learned about new strategies, tools and measures to improve the effectiveness of labour inspection efforts, to provide sound technical advice to employers and workers and other key parties, as well as to better assess and provide information on legislative gaps in areas where violations are found;
  • Exchanged information and knowledge with peers on actions and strategies for preventing and addressing violations or non compliance.
Which e-learning methodologies will you experiment?

The training will take place in the ITCILO E-Campus, our virtual learning environment, for an estimated total of twenty (20) learning hours and will include:

  • Self-guided interactive reading material;
  • Knowledge checks and exercises;
  • Peer-to-peer sharing and collaborative activities via the asynchronous learning forum;
  • Webinar-like sessions featuring international key experts;
  • Hands-on participatory sessions with facilitator.

Participants who successfully complete all of the knowledge assessments and the final assignment will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Additional informations

The course will be delivered in English.

6 November – 8 December 2023

The total cost of participation is 1.005 Euros

Partial fellowships are available for worthy candidates from countries ODA receiving countries (Official Development Assistance). Consult the updated recipients’ list in next page. If you are applying for funding, please specify so in your application form.

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