Employment is a human right. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights "everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment” .This is further reinforced by the preamble to the Constitution of the International Labour Organization providing for the prevention of unemployment and the provision of an adequate living wage.

In this respect the role of ACTRAV is to co-ordinate trade union activities which focus on high-level technical and policy advisory services and on advocacy of new strategies, policies, approaches and programmes within the area of employment, economic and financial issues. ACTRAV’s work on employment issues involves the development of recommendations, standards and guidelines leading to policy advice and formulation of ILO programmes in relevant fields. ACTRAV makes sure that the design, methodology, structure and content of studies and reports produced by the Office are relevant and valid from workers’ point of view.