Labour inspection audit - Joint outcome on labour inspection

Technical Memorandum: Albania

The purpose of the audit was to establish jointly with the government an action plan for improving, reinvigorating and modernizing the labour inspection system in Albania, within the framework of the already-ratified labour inspection Conventions.

This audit of the labour inspection system in Albania was carried out in March 2009 at the request of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, which has responsibility for labour inspection in the country. The audit should be seen as an important step towards the achievement of the outcomes of the Decent Work Country Programme for Albania 2008-2010.

The audit was undertaken utilizing the ILO’s participatory labour administration related methodology, which includes interviews with the main governmental bodies concerned with labour inspection and the social partners. Visits to regional inspection services were also carried out and initial feedback was provided to the government.

This audit report contains a number of important recommendations for consideration by the Albanian government and, where appropriate, the social partners. These recommendations relate to such areas as the structure and organization of labour inspection services; human resources and career development of staff; organization of visits; registries and work accident reports; sanctions and administrative procedures; and cooperation with other partners. Other suggestions and recommendations may be considered in the context of the participatory approach adopted by the ILO.

This audit was carried out in the context of the inter-regional technical cooperation project on “Enhancing labour inspection effectiveness”, financed by the Government of Norway. The valuable support provided by this project will enable the action plan to be implemented.

The government and social partners in Albania positively engaged in this endeavour and showed overall commitment to the achievement of the goals of the Decent Work Country Programme.