Labour inspection audit - Joint outcome on labour inspection

Technical Memorandum: the Republic of Moldova

The purpose of the audit was to establish jointly with the government an action plan for improving, reinvigorating and modernizing the labour inspection system in Moldova within the framework of the already-ratified labour inspection Conventions.

This audit of the labour inspection system in Moldova was carried out in December 2008 at the request of the Ministry of Economy and Trade, which has responsibility for labour inspection in the country. The audit should be seen as an important step towards the achievement of the outcomes of the Decent Work Country Programme for Moldova 2008-2011.

The audit was undertaken utilizing the ILO’s participatory labour administration related methodology, which includes interviews with the main governmental bodies concerned with labour inspection and the social partners. Visits to regional inspection services were also carried out and initial feedback was provided to the government.

This audit report contains a number of important recommendations for consideration by the Moldovan government and, where appropriate, the social partners. These recommendations relate to such areas as the updating of labour legislation; decentralization of labour administration; structure and organization of labour inspection services; human resources and career development of staff; organization of visits; registries and work accident reports; sanctions and administrative procedures; and cooperation with other partners. Other suggestions and recommendations may be considered in the context of the participatory approach adopted by the ILO.

This audit was particularly timely as a precursor of the inter-regional technical cooperation project on “Enhancing labour inspection effectiveness” financed by the Government of Norway. The valuable support provided by this project would enable the action plan to be implemented. The government and social partners in Moldova also demonstrated a very positive engagement in this endeavour and a strong overall commitment to the achievement of the goals of the Decent Work Country Programme.