Welcoming the attendees and congratulating the International Labour Organization on its centenary, Gagik Makaryan, Chairman of the RUEA, stressed the role Social Partnership and Social Dialogue. “These are priorities of the Decent Work Country Programme recently signed between ILO and the Republic of Armenia. To ensure sustainable employment we need to develop skills, ensure favourable business environment and promote the entrepreneurship culture and social dialogue”, he said.
In his video address, Heinz Koller, Assistant Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, noted that “indeed it is an important year for the ILO-Armenia relationship.”
“A few weeks before the opening of the Centenary International Labour Conference, I was in Yerevan for the signature of your third Decent Work Country Programme for 2019-2023,” Koller said.
According to Heinz Koller, the ILO Centenary Declaration strongly reaffirms the need to promote a “human-centred approach” to the Future of Work, including its social dialogue dimension - an agenda that recognizes that human welfare with no one left behind must be the ultimate aim and objective of all public policies.
Heinz Koller stressed inter-linkage between the Work Armenia Initiative and the Decent Work Country Programme.
“In this connection, the ILO has been advocating for a strong social dialogue in Armenia and has actively worked in building capacities of social partners. In particular, we have helped strengthen internal capacities and visibility of the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia. Together we have done a substantial work in developing a comprehensive national report on an “Enabling environment for sustainable enterprises” (EESE). With the ILO support, you also have then developed your policy documents on EESE”, Koller said.
Olga Koulaeva, Director of the ILO Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, pointed out that tripartism forms the basis of Social Justice and ILO Centenary Declaration. “Social partnership can lead to economic development, increased productivity and protection of workers”, Koulaeva said.
Zaruhi Batoyan, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, noted that the Ministry attaches high importance to the strengthening of Social Partnership. “For the Government of Armenia it is crucial to promote decent work and to ensure equal opportunities for all, particularly for women and youth”, Batoyan said.
Eduard Tumasyan, Chairman of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Armenia, pointed out efficient cooperation with the ILO and between the tripartite constituents in Armenia.
“Together with our partners we are going to develop and sign a new Collective Agreement which is an important instrument for finding common solutions in labour relations, and resolving rights-related issues through collective bargaining”,Tumasyan said.