ILO project to help Georgia improve compliance with labour laws

The Government of Georgia and the International Labour Organization launched a project entitled “Improved compliance with labour laws in Georgia”.

News | 07 March 2014
The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Labour, and it will be implemented over the period of three years by the ILO in close coordination with the Government, trade unions and employers’ organizations of Georgia.

The project will support the Government in adopting a three-year strategy and action plan to enforce the labour legislation and comply with international labour standards. It will promote the Labour Code, as amended in 2013, through tripartite cooperation. The project will also assist in establishing a Labour Inspection in conformity with international labour standards and practice.

Another objective of the project is to strengthen the effectiveness of the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation (GTUC) and its affiliates in representing workers’ rights and interests and negotiating their working conditions.

Employers will be strongly involved in the implementation of this important project and will be engaged in bipartite and tripartite activities.

“The aim of this project is to strengthen the guarantees for decent minimum labour standards and combine them with the practice of collective negotiations, in order to achieve a balanced development of the Georgian market economy,” said Kari Tapiola, Special Adviser of the Director-General of the ILO who has been closely involved with the ILO activities in Georgia since 2006.

Speaking at the project launch, Mr. Tapiola praised the transition that the GTUC and the Georgian Employers’ Association had been making into real and independent actors.

He stressed the role of international standards that were there not to stop or curtail the market economy and impede investments but “to facilitate the pursuit of prosperity, happiness equally for all.”

“It is often said that international labour standards are like road signs. If you do not know the rules of the road, you will hurt yourself and others”, Kari Tapiola said.

Dimitrina Dimitrova, Director of the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said that the key objectives of the project were to support the establishment of effective labour law enforcement mechanisms in Georgia through labour inspection coupled with the promotion of effective tripartite cooperation, which were central to the functioning of market economy.

She thanked the U.S. Department of Labour, as well as the Dutch government for cooperation with the ILO in the establishment of labour mediation services in Georgia.

The project launch was attended by representatives of the Georgian Government, Workers’ and Employers’ organizations, the parliament, UN agencies, embassies and the media.