ILO constituents and HIV/AIDS

Ministries of Labour, employers, workers and their organizations have a vital role to play in the HIV/AIDS response.

With its overall responsibility for the national workforce and labour legislation, the Ministry of Labour is a key partner in the national HIV/AIDS response. Employers’ and workers’ organizations can also be a major force in civil society. They can play a significant leadership role at national level by mobilizing their constituencies and extensive networks.

The ILO Recommendation concerning HIV and AIDS and the World of Work, 2010 and the ILO code of practice on HIV/AIDS and the world of work define a broad range of rights and responsibilities for each of the constituents of the ILO to guide their complementary or joint actions.

Tripartite structures are in place in many countries; they have often taken HIV/AIDS onto their agendas. The three partners have come together to develop laws, national workplace policies or commitments on HIV/AIDS.