Labour inspection audit

Technical Memorandum: Armenia

The purpose of the audit is to establish a joint action plan, alongside government social partners, for improving, reinvigorating and modernizing the labour inspection system in the country within the framework of the already-ratified ILO labour inspection Conventions.

This audit of the labour inspection system in the Republic of Armenia was carried out in July 2009. The audit was undertaken using 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.

The audit report contains a number of important recommendations for consideration by the Government and, where appropriate, the social partners. These recommendations relate to such areas as: the structure and organization of labour inspection services; human resources and career development; the organization of visits; registries and occupational 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.

The audit was carried out in the context of the interregional technical cooperation project on ‘Enhancing labour inspection effectiveness’, financed by the Government of Norway. The valuable support provided by this project will allow the action plan to be implemented. The Armenian Government and the social partners exhibited positive engagement in this endeavour.