The ILO focused on strengthening the capacities of the MAST to enhance labour law compliance in the apparel sector of the country.
The project, in complementarity with Better Work Haiti, strengthened the capacities of the MAST and its labour inspectors to make inspection visits more efficient. In order to do so, the project established a “Task Force” of labour inspectors who received intensive trainings and are now able to share their skills and knowledge with the rest of the inspectorate.
In parallel, the project provided specific training to the MAST conciliators and the office of the labour ombudsperson to ensure that these services are properly equipped to prevent and solve labour disputes.
As the Government is not the only actor that can play a role in ensuring compliance with labour laws, the project also supported the employers’ and workers’ engagement in this process through the development of awareness raising materials. Finally, this system is only viable if appropriate sanctions apply to those who violate the law. For this reason the project supported the institutionalization of labour law training of judges involved in labour law cases.
Thanks to the Project, labour inspectors are able to conduct efficient inspection visits on both fundamental principles and rights at work and occupational safety and health."Dimanche Innocent, labour Inspector, “Task Force” Member