Labour inspection

ILO conducts a tripartite workshop in Syria focused on labour inspection

The ILO training-of-trainers workshop in Damascus focused on labour inspection, gender equality, child labour as well as occupational safety and health.

News | 30 January 2019
Workshop participants attend an ILO workshop session in Damascus, Syria © ILO
BEIRUT/DAMASCUS (ILO News) – The ILO concluded a five-day tripartite workshop in Damascus with representatives from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MOSAL), the General Organization of Social Insurance (GOSI), as well as representatives from workers’ and employers’ organizations. The workshop was conducted by the ILO specialists in the fields of labour inspection and occupational safety and health (OSH), and of gender equality. The overall purpose of the workshop was to reacquaint labour and OSH inspectors and other participants in the various realms of decent work in order to plan for future cooperation and the implementation of relevant international labour standards in Syria.

The workshop was opened on December 16, 2018 by the Deputy Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, Mr. Rakan Al-Ibrahim, who took an active part in workshop sessions. Al-Ibrahim underscored the importance of continuous cooperation with the ILO citing the fact that Syrian has ratified all of the eight ILO fundamental Conventions. As such, there is now a renewed necessity to review relevant rules, regulations and capacities to put ratified Conventions into practice, Al-Ibrahim concluded.

“The focus on fundamentals during this workshop represents a true commitment from the ILO and MOSAL towards a technical restart of reforms required to promote the fundamental principles and rights at work and enhance labour inspection effectiveness in the Syrian Arab Republic,” said Amin Al-Wreidat, ILO Regional Advisor on Labour Inspection & Occupational Safety and Health.

Senior ILO Gender and Non-Discrimination Specialist at the ILO, Frida Khan, stressed the importance of gender equality in the labour market, particularly with regard to labour inspection. “There is always room for improvement when it comes to the rights of women in the workplace—whether it be in their overall participation in the labour force, pay discrimination, or gender-based harassment— and there is a strong need for data collection and situation analyses to address all these areas.”

During the workshop’s group work sessions, participants put forward a set of recommendations related to labour inspection support, training, systems, and curricula to operationalize international labour standards in Syria. The recommendations highlighted the need to improve labour inspection practices by conducting studies on relevant to the context in Syria, such as the effects of conflict on child labour, OSH during Syria’s reconstruction period, and the right of the public to access data and information on the labour market. In addition, workshop participants also devised a set of recommendations to address threats and opportunities related to combating the worst forms of child labour in Syria, increase the number of labour inspection staff in the country, build-up of the technical capacity of labour inspection teams, as well as enhance of social dialogue between workers, employers, and the Government of Syria.

The Syrian Arab Republic has been a member of the ILO since 1947 and has ratified 50 ILO Conventions. In 2008 the ILO extended its cooperation with Syria through the country’s first Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), the ILO's main vehicle for delivery of support to countries. The ILO is currently engaged with the Government of Syria to restart technical cooperation projects, and also assists Syrian nationals in neighboring countries as part of its Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis.