Promoting Decent Work Across Borders: A Project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers

The International Labour Organization (ILO), with funding support from the European Union (EU), is to implement a programme called Promoting Decent Work Across Borders: A Project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers.


The International Labour Organization (ILO), with funding support from the European Union (EU), is to implement a programme called Promoting Decent Work Across Borders: A Project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers.

The Project seeks to better understand schemes in line with the migration of health professionals. This will be done by engaging governments, trade unions, employers’ organizations into policy dialogues; establishing networks of experts and trained practitioners; strengthening employment services for health care professionals; facilitating skills recognition processes and enhancing labour market information systems. Though this Project, the ILO seeks to foster a “win-win-win” approach to migration that benefits the migrant workers, the source and destination countries within the rights-based framework for labour migration management.

The Project focuses its activities on three Asian countries with significant outflows of health professionals and skilled workers for foreign employment, namely: the Philippines, India and Viet Nam. Whereas the Philippines has been training nurses for employment abroad for many years, India and Viet Nam are now also looking into this strategy. These countries are actively pursuing cooperative agreement on hiring of health care professionals to various destination countries like European countries and North America.

For further information please contact:


Ms Catherine Vaillancourt-Laflamme
Chief Technical Adviser
ILO-Decent Work Across Borders Project
CO-Manila
19th Floor Yuchengco Tower
RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue
1200 Makati City, Philippines
Tel: +632 580 9900 or 580 9917
Email

Ms Jennifer Dela Rosa
National Project Coordinator
ILO-Decent Work Across Borders Project
CO-Manila
19th Floor Yuchengco Tower
RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue
1200 Makati City, Philippines
Tel: +632 580 9900 or 580 9906
Email

Ms Seeta Sharma
ILO DWT for South Asia and Country Office for India
Core 4B, 3rd Floor
India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road
New Delhi-110003
India
Tel: +91 11 4750 9200
Fax: +91 11 2460 2111
Email

Tale of a Journey






Meeting Documents

Background

The garment sector is Lao PDR’s largest manufacturing employer and makes a significant contribution to annual national exports. Around 30,000 workers are employed by about 60 exporting factories and 45 subcontracting firms. Garment workers are mostly women under 25. They tend to see the work as temporary, generating extra income for their families and improving their own prospects. Most have limited a limited understanding of their contractual rights and obligations, and working conditions in the sector are often difficult, with long hours and compulsory overtime. Garment sector employers identify labour supply as their most significant constraint. For example, some report that only half their workers stay beyond three years. Firms find it hard to improve productivity while regularly losing experienced workers, and the sector remains stuck in a cycle of low productivity and high staff turnover.

Objective

The project aims to improve working conditions, productivity and competitiveness in the Lao garment manufacturing sector by strengthening the national labour inspection system to ensure compliance with national labour laws in line with international labour standards. The project will also improve workers’ and employers’ understanding of labour law and their role in ensuring good working conditions, while empowering factoring managers and employees to design and implement workplace improvement plans.

To achieve these objectives the project will work at three levels to:

• Improve the capacity of the labour inspection system to achieve compliance, using up-to-date ILO tools and methodologies and incorporate lessons learned from other labour inspectorates in the region;
• Develop and implement an awareness-raising strategy for workers and employers so that they are aware of their rights and obligations under the labour law; and,
• Implement a targeted compliance strategy for the garment sector.

Project Activities and Outputs

The project is organised around three main outcomes, with a set of activities designed to achieve each outcome.

Outcome 1: The capacity of the labour inspection system in Lao PDR is improved so that it can effectively undertake labour inspection functions for the benefit of workers and employers in the garment sector.

• The development of a national labour inspection plan setting out common objectives, standardised working procedures and key performance indicators
• The design and adoption of labour inspection tools to improve the ability of inspectors to carry out inspection visits and to collect and analyse data
• Working with the Government and social partners towards the ratification of ILO Convention No 81 on Labour Inspection

Outcome 2: Workers and employers are aware of their rights and obligations and understand how to achieve workplace compliance

• The production and dissemination of awareness-raising materials for employers and workers on national labour laws and ILO fundamental principles and rights at work
• The development and use of training materials on workers’ rights, industrial relations and productivity

Outcome 3: Factories improve working conditions and productivity through workplace cooperation using the project advisory and training services

• The creation of workplace improvement committees with worker representatives freely elected by factory workers
• Enterprise assessments to determine how to achieve compliance with national and international standards, with assistance from the labour inspectorate
• Workplace improvement plans are developed, agreed and implemented based on the assessment findings.


For further information please contact:

Ms Medeleine Jones
Chief Technical Adviser
C/O Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare
Department of Labour Management
4th floor, Pangkham Road, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Tel.: +856 20 7853 6636
Email