Labour market governance

Promoting Fundamental Rights and Strengthening Labour Market Governance in the Maldives

The Project contributes to improving labour-relations in the Maldives.

The project aims at supporting tripartite constituents to harmonize national legislation with international labour standards, modernize the labour administration machinery and develop the capacity of employer’s and worker’s organizations to engage in workplace cooperation for greater compliance with fundamental rights at work and businesses productivity.

The Republic of Maldives is a country working to consolidate its transition to a stable, multi-party democracy, with effective and independent institutions of governance, supported by a vibrant civil society. However, Maldives faces challenges to ensure good governance and respect for the rule of law, in particular to develop the strong, independent and widely-respected legal institutions that are essential to continue its transition to a stable multi-party democracy.

This Project will support that transition by promoting good governance and the rule of law in the world of work, support the establishment of new legal frameworks for governance of the labour market, and build the capacity of institutions – both government and civil society – to make those frameworks effective in practice.

In all its activities in pursuit of these objectives the Project will build on previous ILO support to the Maldives.

Objective 1: A revised legal framework is developed that implements international labour standards, protects fundamental labour rights, in particular freedom of association and collective bargaining, establishes dispute resolution mechanisms, defines the right to strike and promotes labour-management cooperation.

Objective 2: A reformed labour law administration machinery at the central and selected atoll levels for a more effective provision of services, including clearer functions, working procedures and reporting systems, improved mechanisms for labour law implementation, particularly for labour inspections and dispute resolution, improving the Employment Tribunal’s capacity and better co-ordination between the central, the provincial labour offices and other government agencies.

Objective 3: Independent workers’ and employers’ organizations with strengthened capacities to engage in sound workplace cooperation and labour- management relations, participate in social dialogue, improve working conditions and enhance productivity.

Ministry of Human Resources, Youth and Sports and its affiliated departments particularly Labour Relations Authority

Employment Tribunal

Employers’s Organisations

Workers Organisations

Ms. Shahida Abdul Rahman

National Project Coordinator