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  1. Garment industry in Bangladesh

    125 Labour Inspectors Received Training by the ITC-ILO

    26 June 2014

    Labour Inspectors from the Department of Inspection of Factories and Establishments attended a three week long training programme by the ILO aimed at strengthening capacity of the labour inspection system of Bangladesh

  2. Garment industry in Bangladesh

    Future Directions Set for Modernization of the Labour Inspection System in Bangladesh

    26 June 2014

    Participants of a two day workshop on Labour Inspection Management in Bangladesh made a number of recommendations aimed at setting the direction for the modernization of the Labour Inspection System in Bangladesh. The workshop was jointly organized by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Improving Working Conditions in the RMG Programme (RMGP) of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  3. Press release

    CAD $19.5 million ILO project launched to enhance capacity of workforce in key industries in Bangladesh

    15 May 2014

    ‘Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) Project’ is a five year long initiative of the Government of Bangladesh funded by the Government of Canada and implemented by the ILO.

  4. Press release

    Norway funds effort to strengthen labour rights, improve occupational health and safety for 4,000 Bangladeshi workers in garment, leather and shrimp sectors

    16 March 2014

    "Decent Work and fair globalization are important and related objectives on the Norwegian Government’s agenda. Everybody must enjoy basic workers’ rights, work in an environment where standards are respected, and receive their share of the wealth created,” stated H. E. Ms Merete Lundemo, Ambassador of Norway to Bangladesh.

  5. Press release

    Union registrations rise sharply in Bangladesh garment sector: New labour laws pave way to improve conditions, workers’ rights

    20 February 2014

    The 30 labour officials examined recent changes to labour laws in Bangladesh, which will promote workers’ rights, and facilitate the registration of new trade unions.

  6. Press release

    ILO welcomes the upgrading of the Bangladesh Labour Inspectorate

    09 February 2014

    The ILO welcomes the decision of the Government of Bangladesh to upgrade the Chief Inspector of Factories and Establishments office to a ‘Department’. With this upgrade, the number of labour and factory inspectors will increase to a total of 575 from the current 183 positions.

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    Press release

    New labour inspectors on board to ensure compliance

    22 January 2014

    To achieve sustainable reform in labour inspection system in Bangladesh, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the program “Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry” (PSES), implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), joined hands to develop capacity of the newly recruited labour inspectors of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE).


  1. Press release

    RMG building safety inspections to start tomorrow after major breakthrough

    21 November 2013

    Inspections of all export-oriented Ready Made Garment (RMG) and knitwear factory buildings in Bangladesh will start tomorrow, 22 November 2013.

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    Labour economics

    ILO launches book on labour administration in times of crisis

    21 November 2013

    One of the book’s main findings is that massive cuts in government spending have led to the down-sizing of labour administration systems in many countries.

  3. Labour standards

    South Africa ratifies four international labour Conventions

    21 June 2013

    The Government of the Republic of South Africa deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of four international labour Conventions, the Labour Inspection Convention, 1947 (No.81), the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006), the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188), and the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189).

  4. ILO reform process

    Ryder: Decent Work and labour standards central to the global economy

    07 June 2013

    The ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, addresses the workers delegates attending the 102nd session of the International Labour Conference.

  5. News

    Training of trainers for Vietnamese labour inspectors (Do Son District, Viet Nam 4-8 March 2013)

    08 March 2013

    At the request of the Viet Nam Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), the ILO, in collaboration with the MOLISA Inspectorate, carried out a training of trainers for labour inspectors.

  6. News

    Workshop on Strengthening Labour Law Compliance in Ukraine: Way Forward (Kyiv, 5 February 2013)

    05 February 2013

    Within the framework of Canadian and Norwegian-founded ILO projects, the ILO organised a workshop on the importance of tripartite cooperation amongst labour inspectorates and social partners and the use of new technologies to enhance the effectiveness of labour inspectorates.

  7. News

    ILO workshop on Good Labour Inspection Practices in GCC Countries

    29 January 2013

    A workshop to exchange good practices on labour inspection was held in Suhar, Oman from 27 to 29 January 2013.

  8. News

    Training of trainers for Indonesian labour inspectors (Bandung, Indonesia 20-24 January 2013)

    24 January 2013

    LAB/ADMIN and ILO-Jakarta organized a training of labour inspector trainers (TOT) at the request of the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower and transmigration (MOMT) and in the context of the Norwegian-funded project on “Good Governance through Labour Administration and Labour Inspection”.


  1. News

    Workshop on labour administration and inspection, 19 to 23 November 2012, Lima, Peru

    23 November 2012

    This workshop was carried out in collaboration with the Turin Training Centre as part of LAB/ADMIN's activities funded by the Norwegian government for improving national systems of labour inspection.

  2. Labour rights

    Domestic workers in Europe falling through the loopholes

    24 October 2012

    Many domestic workers in Europe do not enjoy as much legal protection as other workers. ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers – which will come into force in a year’s time – offers a chance to improve the lives of the millions of people who work in this profession.

  3. News

    Regional knowledge-sharing forum – labour inspection and the domestic work sector, Lisbon, 11-12 October 2012

    12 October 2012

    LAB/ADMIN participated in a regional knowledge-sharing forum on labour inspection and domestic work in Lisbon, Portugal, organized by the International Labour Office in cooperation with the Government of Portugal on 11 and 12 October 2012.

  4. News

    Follow-up to ILO report on Maldives labour administration and inspection systems (Male, 22 -24 September 2012)

    24 September 2012

    Under the USDOL Project on Promoting Fundamental Rights and Strengthening the Labour Market in Maldives, the ILO undertook a mission to identify concrete steps to follow up on a needs assessment of the country’s labour administration system carried out in 2011.

  5. News

    National Workshop on labour administration and inspection in Sri Lanka (Colombo, 19-21 September 2012)

    21 September 2012

    With support from the ILO Project on Promoting Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in Sri Lanka, Mr. Ludek Rickly, Senior Labour Administration/Inspection Specialist (LAB/ADMIN) and Mr. Algandram Sivananthiram (ILO Consultant) presented the findings and recommendations from a recent ILO needs assessment of the country’s labour administration and inspection system during a national workshop.