Bulgaria: Social partners, government and ILO look to Global Jobs Pact measures to address the country’s jobs crisis

The Bulgarian government and the country’s social partners have requested ILO’s technical expertise to help mitigate the worst effects of the crisis on the labour market.

News | 15 April 2010

On 25 February 2010, The Bulgarian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, employers’ and workers’ organizations and the International Labour Office (ILO) met in Sofia and agreed on cooperation to deal with the employment consequences of the economic crisis as a follow-up to the Global Jobs Pact. Adopted by the International Labour Conference in June 2009, the Pact contains a portfolio of policies to promote jobs, protect people and rebalance policies for a more sustainable and inclusive growth and a fairer globalization.

In the short term – through April 2010 – the ILO will support its tripartite constituents to review current crisis responses and recovery measures on the basis of the principles and policies of the Pact.

Over the coming months, the ILO’s technical support will focus on the following areas: vocational education and training policies and measures; pension policy and reform; informal economy, undeclared and temporary work; distance (tele-) working; sectoral and local level tripartite cooperation; the application of ratified Conventions by Bulgaria; and other issues identified by the Government and the social partners.

The International Labour Organization is ready to strengthen the capacity of the tripartite partners in the context of the Bulgarian Decent Work Agenda established in 2008, as well as explore the possibilities for increased cooperation with the ILO’s International Training Centre in Turin.

More information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

For more information on the ILO Global Jobs Pact, please contact jobspact@ilo.org