Integrated actions towards improved and more equitable working conditions for vulnerable groups of workers

This ILO project aims at designing and implementing policies, laws and programmes related to wages, working time and working conditions of socially disadvantaged groups of workers in Cape Verde, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Tanzania and Zambia.

Executive summary

Low wages, instability of earnings and overall poor working conditions tend to be concentrated within certain groups of workers (disproportionately women and members of socially disadvantaged groups) and in some sectors, such as domestic work.

The ultimate objective of this programme is improved, more equitable working and living standards for workers especially those in vulnerable situations. The programme achieves this by strengthening the capacities of national governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations, and other governance institutions to assess, design and implement effective policies, laws and programmes concerning wages and earnings, working time and other conditions of work.

ILO assistance operates at two levels: (i) country level, consisting of direct assistance to national constituents, tailored to specific needs and opportunities; and (ii) global level, building the knowledge base and policy tools necessary for understanding issues and alternative policy measures, which policy- and decision-makers and ILO specialists could use.

Countries assisted are: Cape Verde, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Tanzania and Zambia.