Labour inspection audit

Technical Memorandum: Ethiopia

The overall aim of the audit was thus to help Ethiopia improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its labour inspection services and draw up a national action plan for implementing such improvements.

This audit of the labour inspection services in Ethiopia was undertaken at the request of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA) and took place over a period of 10 days in late February/early March 2009. It was particularly timely as the Civil Service was already undergoing some reforms as a result of a Business Process Re-engineering exercise, and it is hoped that the audit team’s recommendations will be considered in the context of these broader reforms at both Federal and Regional levels.

Using a methodology developed by the ILO that has been tried and tested elsewhere, the audit team interviewed many representatives from MOLSA and other Federal Ministries, from Regional Bureaus and zonal offices and from the Ethiopian Employers’ Federation and the Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions.

This report contains a number of recommendations for consideration by MOLSA and their social partners. These recommendations relate to several broad themes, such as the need for a national policy on labour inspection, better communications and data collection, organization and planning, human and material resources and training. A particular focus of this audit was the role of labour inspectors in helping to combat HIV/AIDS, supporting the aims of the SIDA project “HIV/AIDS prevention and impact mitigation in the world of work in Sub- Saharan Africa”.