Presentation on theme: "1 Implementing Occupational Safety and Health Standards Globally International ILO Conference Dusseldorf, November 2009 Labour Inspection as Influencer,"— Presentation transcript:
1 Implementing Occupational Safety and Health Standards Globally International ILO Conference Dusseldorf, November 2009 Labour Inspection as Influencer, Catalyst, Partner and Facilitator Presented by Michele Patterson IALI President & Executive Director SafeWork SA
2 IALI’s Action Plan for the Future A pathway to effective labour inspection – 2008- 2011 and Beyond
3 IALI’s Action Plan for the Future 1. IALI – the professional association Objective:>To provide the professional foundation for building strong, modernised and effective labour inspection worldwide.
5 IALI’s Global Code of Integrity for Labour Inspection Approved and adopted in June 2008 at IALI’s triennial General Assembly Now available in 10 languages Being implemented by IALI’s 100+ member countries Can you help? – translation? implementation plans? Sharing your experiences?
6 The Global Code of Integrity for Labour Inspection (country level) Underpins signatory nations commitment to Convention 81 Gives countries guidance on expectations and professional standards Provides a service guarantee to those in the workforce Ensures all countries work towards modern ethical standards of practice
7 The Global Code of Integrity for Labour Inspection (inspector level) Protects labour inspectors, and the role of labour inspection Identifies maturity of the profession Provides a basis for increased influence & therefore safe, healthy & decent work outcomes
8 Building a Professional Foundation: what’s next? Step 1 – Global Code of Integrity for Labour Inspection Step 2 – Development of Principles of Operation for Labour Inspection Also working on evaluation of labour inspection activities; Seeking to engage international employer and worker reps Aiming for global representation of inspectorates
9 IALI’s Action Plan for the Future 2. IALI as influencer Objective:> To promote the profession and interests of labour inspection through development of spheres of influence.
10 World Health & Safety Summit – Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work (29 June 2008) “- Ensure that the occupational safety and health of workers is protected through an adequate and appropriate system of enforcement of safety and health standards, including a strong and effective labour inspection system”
11 Who to Influence? Engaging IALI members in opportunities to influence Examples: organisations that work in global marketplace (eg UN, WHO, WTO, World Bank); regional LI Groups (eg ARLAC ASEAN- OSHNET); lobby groups for decent work (eg Fair Trade CSR groups); Ethical investment (eg World Bank, IFC etc) Employer & worker groups
12 Who do we need to influence? Community Politicians Business Media Economists Opinion-makers Governments Employers Workers Designers Manufacturers Suppliers etc
13 IALI’s Action Plan for the Future 3. IALI as partner Objective:> To build IALI's participation in both formal and informal partnerships and alliances with related organisations and in specific projects to promote decent work around the world.
14 IALI and the ILO as partners IALI and the ILO are working on an MOU to strengthen the existing productive and cooperative partnership Collaborating in Decent Work Country Programmes, sharing technical expertise, projects, joint events etc
15 IALI and the ILO as partners Current examples: Forced Labour and Human Trafficking Special Project Norway Project International tools for measuring the effectiveness of labour inspection Provision of technical expertise
16 Building effective relationships with others Alliances with other professionals: eg MOU with International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH)Alliances with other professionals: eg MOU with International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) Adelaide Special projects eg Forced Labour & Human TraffickingSpecial projects eg Forced Labour & Human Trafficking International employer & worker organisationsInternational employer & worker organisations
17 IALI’s Action Plan for the Future 4. IALI as catalyst Objective:> To act as a catalyst for the development of regional cooperation in labour inspection.
18 Important global developments in labour inspection - IALI Promoting and facilitating Regional Cooperation in Labour Inspection 2005-2008 Pacific, SE Asia, Africa, E & W Europe, Americas, etc IALI Conference - Adelaide March, 2008
19 Regional Cooperation Agreement – SE Europe, Azerbaijan and Ukraine Sept 2008; RALI now in 2 nd year
20 Hong Kong & SafeWork SA Regional Collaboration, August 2009 IALI Conference - Adelaide March, 208 North Africa Alliance: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia (to be extended) Baltic: Lithunia, Estonia, Latvia E Europe: CIS countries; Started: Pacific; SE Asia; Central America
21 Developing strong and effective partnerships across regions Alliances result in: Shared good practice Collaborative action Combined resources Better results
22 IALI’s Regional Cooperation Objectives Regional representatives assigned Strategic plan for regional cooperation IALI conferences in partnership with host countries in every region
23 Regional Alliances: In the globalised world of work, labour inspection alliances need to deliver strong outcomes Partnership arrangements formalised in MOU’s and declarations can facilitate trade agreements, social dialogue, deregulation,harmonisation, robust auditing & mutual recognition
24 IALI’s Action Plan for the Future 5. IALI as facilitator and communicator Objective:> To provide information for members and to facilitate member initiatives to improve their labour inspection service.
25 Facilitating global communication Facilitating member initiatives Information resources; eg regional cooperation reports & information Interactive web site to facilitate global consultation
26 IALI’s Action Plan for the Future 6. IALI as source of technical expertise Objective:>To provide a resource for accessing technical expertise in labour inspection.
27 Scope of Labour Inspectors activities: Occupational safety and health Conditions of work Forced labour Child labour Employment relations Social security Gender equality and discrimination Illegal employment Specifc sectoral functions (eg agriculture, construction, mining etc)
28 Labour Inspection: bringing OSH standards to life LABOUR INSPECTION IS VITAL TO ENSURE: In summary, for workers 1Improved conditions of work 5Worker rights are promoted 2Workers are consulted & participate in OSH 6Increased motivation of workers through safe and fair conditions 3Proactive health and safety of workers 7Decent work 4Fair labour standards are applied 8Human dignity at work
29 Labour Inspection: bringing OSH standards to life LABOUR INSPECTION IS VITAL TO ENSURE: In summary, for business 1Reduced costs to business 5Cooperative workforce 2Reduced disputes6Increased productivity 3Reduced injuries, diseases and fatalities 7Harmony in the workplace 4Collective responsibility for OHS compliance 8Promotion of corporate social responsibility
30 Labour Inspection: bringing OSH standards to life LABOUR INSPECTION IS VITAL TO ENSURE: In summary, for your country 1Better quality products and services 5Social cohesion 2Decline in number of days lost to production 6The right environment for business to thrive 3Improved health of the economy 7Sustainable economic growth and development 4Good governance8Increased standard of living