Workshop on Advancing Tripartite Social Dialogue in Uzbekistan

On 27 July 2022, taking stock on the recent success of Uzbekistan in eliminating the systematic resource to child and forced labour in cotton harvesting, the ILO Bridge Project organized in Tashkent a one-day workshop on social dialogue mechanisms.

News | 27 July 2022
The workshop aimed to raise awareness on forced labour, its causes and risks; share best practices on tripartite cooperation and collaboration to address forced labour; and build social partners’ and other stakeholders’ ability to use the social dialogue mechanisms to ensure respect of Fundamental principles and rights at work, implementation of ILS, and conditions of work that enable decent work and productive employment for all workers in Uzbekistan.

During this event, almost 80 representatives of the tripartite commissions on social and labour issues at the republican, territorial and sectoral levels were informed on the international labour standards, main principles on freedom of association, social dialogue and collective bargaining; indicators and risks of forced labour; experiences and best practices of the successful tackling of forced labour through social dialogue.

The participants discussed findings of the ILO-commissioned assessment of the existing social dialogue system in Uzbekistan, namely the Report on Tripartite Social Dialogue in Uzbekistan, its Regulatory Framework and Practice, with a Focus on Tripartite Commissions on Regulation of Social and Labour Relations. Evidence based data was provided by the Federation of Trade Unions of Uzbekistan.

It was noted that there were 14 territorial and 13 sectoral tripartite commissions functioning in Uzbekistan. However, they currently deal only with the issues of concluding and monitoring the implementation of collective agreements.

At the same time, both in the case of sectoral and territorial commissions, it seems difficult to determine their institutional and functional sustainability, the completeness of the tasks and the general conformity of their activities with the ILO Conventions No. 154 and No. 144, including with the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan № 533.

The participants found the workshop very interesting and useful. The constituents expressed their readiness to support further advancement of the tripartite social dialogue in Uzbekistan.

The ILO Bridge Project, funded by the US Department of Labour, aims to effectively eliminate traditional and state-imposed forced labour systems and to significantly reduce contemporary forms of forced labour, which are often linked to human trafficking. One of the objectives of the project is to strengthen workers’ and employers’ organizations, improve their ability to tackle forced labour, in partnership with other interested parties.