As part of the ILO Social Dialogue Sector, the Industrial and Employment Relations Department has a number of functions.
It is responsible for:
DIALOGUE's priority activities
The activities of DIALOGUE in the broader area of industrial and employment relations and labour law are driven by the following objectives:
- Helping to develop sound industrial relations at the enterprise, sectoral, national, regional and international levels;
- Establishing and/or strengthening legal and institutional frameworks, machineries and processes of bipartite and tripartite social dialogue and collective bargaining;
- Encouraging more countries to base their labour legislation on ILO standards and best comparative labour law practices, and to design such laws through tripartite consultation;
- Supporting member States in establishing and strengthening labour courts, industrial tribunals and dispute resolution mechanisms, to enable them to deal efficiently and equitably with individual and collective disputes;
- Integrating gender equality in all aspects of industrial and employment relations and labour law;
- Increasing the participation of employers' and workers' organizations in economic and social policy-making at all levels;
- Enhancing links with the social partners at various levels, along with key international institutions and other global socio-economic actors (e.g., multinational enterprises and global union federations).
How does DIALOGUE deliver these services?
DIALOGUE services are delivered to tripartite constituents through a combination of three activities, ranging from advocacy and the provision of technical advice to member States and social partners, the generation of original research, to knowledge-sharing activities. Gender considerations cross-cut through all these activities:
- Helping to design and implement national labour laws and regulations;
- Supporting the development of effective industrial relations institutions and mechanisms for collective bargaining and dispute resolution;
- Promoting social dialogue and tripartism as tools for delivering decent work and fostering good governance;
- Capacity-building of tripartite constituents in the field of labour legislation and employment relations;
- Providing institutional support to tripartite and bipartite bodies;
- Promoting the ratification and implementation of social dialogue-related international labour standards;
- Training on mediation and conciliation procedures, and negotiations skills.
Building expertise through research activities
- Comparative research on labour law trends and industrial relations processes and outcomes;
- Development of statistical indicators, legal databases and country profiles;
- Networking with external academic and research institutions, particularly through its close relationship with the IIRA.
- Managing online fora for information sharing;
- Providing the Secretariat of the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) and of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL) and their respective newsletters.
- Maintaining a database on termination of employment legislation;
- Devising National Labour Law Profiles and guidelines on labour legislation and on the employment relationship.
The structure of DIALOGUE
DIALOGUE services are developed and delivered by a system of overlapping technical teams with a thematic and a regional focus. Specialists on Industrial Relations and labour law in ILO Field Offices are closely involved in the work of these teams.
This structure, functioning in a complementary and integrated manner, reflects the broad aspects of industrial and employment relations and labour law.
- Thematic teams: industrial relations, social dialogue, labour law.
- Regional teams: Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East.