Labour Administration and Labour Inspection


  1. © ILO 2016


    Reducing HIV-related stigma and discrimination at workplace through training for labour inspectors

    14 October 2016

    An ILO training equipped Ukrainian labour inspectors with skills and knowledge to implement awareness-raising and training activities and to provide advisory services to employers and workers.

  2. Reforms and innovations in labour administration: Efficiency and outreach

    Main challenge labour ministries are facing around the world is the efficiency of their work

    08 December 2015

    Study on reforms and innovations in national labour administration systems needed to "fill gaps in our knowledge, to be able to provide more useful services to our constituents, to develop practical tools that would be helpful in different parts of the world", says the Director of the ILO Governance and Tripartism Department, Mr Moussa Oumaru.

  3. Article

    Global survey analyzes the use of information and communication technologies in labour administration

    06 November 2015

    Evidence discussed within the first GOVERNANCE Working Paper Series suggests that new technologies can significantly strengthen the capacity of governments to enhance compliance with labour laws and regulations. Comparing international practices in this area may present a new avenue for the ILO to provide technical cooperation and advisory services.

  4. At the wood workshop

    Safety and health at the wood workshop

    01 October 2015

    The occupational safety and health videos depict safe working practices related to specific hazards found on the farm, at motor vehicle repair shops and at the wood workshop. These videos are aimed at employers and workers in micro and small enterprises including those in the informal economy. Following the information and advice contained in the videos will assist in ensuring that those working in these sectors remain safe and healthy. These videos are supported by occupational safety and health fact sheets on the same matters.

Labour administration and labour inspection have enjoyed an increasingly high profile in recent years, both nationally and internationally. Much of the increased interest is from governments as the labour administration in a globalized world became a key actor in the elaboration and implementation of government’s economic and social policies.

Labour administration is a major source of information in its fields of competence for government, employers and workers; it is an active intermediary in the prevention and settlement of labour disputes; it is an informed observer of the trends in society by virtue of its special links with the social partners; it is a provider of effective solutions to the evolving needs of its users; it bears responsibility for an increasing part of public expenditure. Yet employers and workers are also calling for better resources for Ministries of Labour and inspectorates, to promote fairness and a 'level playing field', and to make Decent Work a reality.

The ILO Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH) aims at assisting constituents in promoting Decent Work through the strengthening of labour administration machinery, including labour inspection, and making them more effective. The 2008 ILO Declaration of Social Justice for a Fair Globalization has reaffirmed the need to "strengthen the ILO's capacity to assist its members’ efforts to reach the ILO's objectives in the context of globalization… and of promoting social dialogue and tripartism as the most appropriate methods for (among other)… the building of effective labour inspection systems."