Labour inspection audit - Joint outcome on labour inspection

Technical Memorandum: Yemen

The purpose of this audit was to establish a joint action plan, with the government, for modernizing and strengthening the capacities of, the labour inspection system in Yemen within the framework of the international labour standards on labour inspection.

This audit of the labour inspection system in the Republic of Yemen, which comes within the inter-regional technical cooperation project “Enhancing labour inspection effectiveness”, is financed by the Norwegian Government. The audit was carried out in October 2009 at the request of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, which is responsible for labour inspection in the Republic of Yemen.

For this audit, the main concerned governmental institutions, the workers’ and employers’ organizations and the regional labour inspectorates were visited and some of the labour and occupational safety and health inspectors and directors were interviewed. The related legislations and available reports were reviewed.

This audit report describes the existing labour inspection system in Yemen, highlights some strengths and weaknesses, and provides recommendations related to matters such as the structure and function, human resources development, occupational safety and health, coordination and cooperation among the different concerned agencies. It is hoped that this audit will assist the constituents in enhancing the effectiveness of the national labour inspection system for achieving the country’s Decent Work Agenda.

The assistance and cooperation of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour facilitated the completion of this audit. The social partners and the General Corporation for Social Insurance enriched this audit with additional information.