Promoting Worker Rights and Competitiveness in Egyptian Exports Industries

The project focuses on improving outcomes for employers and workers in Egypt's labour- intensive export sectors, particularly the ready-made garment (RMG), textiles and food processing sectors.

Geographical area of implementation: Egypt

Donor: The United States Department of Labor (DOL)

Contact (s): Adnan Al Rababh, Chief Technical Advisor| ElSayed Torky, National Coordinator for Employers Organizations| Hesham Bayoumi, Productivity Programme Officer| Marwa Salah Abdou, Inspection Programme Coordinator| Mohamed Nabil Sayed, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer| Mohamed Mostafa, Worker Awareness Programme Officer 

Implementation strategy

This project will seek to strengthen respect for labour standards and build productivity within export factories by working simultaneously through three parallel and closely related channels:
• building the capacity of the national inspectorate;
• supporting employers and their representatives to improve labour standards compliance and productivity;
• building systems for social dialogue and worker representation within factories.

The project will seek to draw on on-going and previous ILO projects and experiences in Egypt, as well as relevant ILO programmes in other emerging economies and export-oriented sectors.
The project will also coordinate closely with other programmes and initiatives to improve productivity in textile and related sectors.
In order to facilitate smooth functioning of the project, and promote accountability and buy-in, a Project Advisory Committee will be established (PAC) in Egypt. The PAC will be composed of representatives from the tripartite constituents in the project: the Government, employers and workers to make recommendations and review the work plan.

Objectives and expected outcomes

Overall goal

Promoting worker rights and competitiveness in Egyptian exports industries.

Intermediate objectives

Objective 1
Build specialist expertise in the national labour inspectorate to assess, monitor and report on working conditions in export factories.

Expected Outputs
1.1- Organisational plan for the development of a specialist export factories programme within the labour inspectorate developed;
1.2- Internal procedures, training and mechanisms for operation of a specialised inspection unit established;
1.3- A labour inspection database and reporting mechanisms developed;
1.4- Specialist programme operationalized and rolled-out in phases;
1.5- On-going support provided to the new inspection programme and its functions;
1.6- Monitoring, review and evaluation processes put in place.

Objective 2

Support export factories to improve productivity and working conditions.

Expected Outputs
2.1: Activities implemented to improve capacity of sectoral business organisations to advise members on labour standards and productivity;
2.2: Training and support for factories on labour standards and productivity provided;
2.3: Improved engagement between export factories and international buyers.

Objective 3
Support the development of sound bipartite relations in export factories to create an enabling environment for workers and their representatives.

Expected Outputs
3.1: Worker outreach programme to raise awareness of the legal rights, FPRW and worker responsibilities developed;
3.2: Sound industrial relations at the factory level promoted;
3.3: Support provided for strengthening sectoral tripartite dialogue.

Implementing partners

• Ministry of Trade and Industry;
• Ministry of Manpower and Migration.

Target groups

• National labour inspectorate;
• Egypt labour-intensive export industries;
• employer organisations and trade unions;
• individual employers and workers in selected export sectors;
• women employed in export industries’ sector.