Workers and Employers Organizations in Nepal

A bipartite meeting in a workshop
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Working for Workers The ILO Country Office for Nepal, working together with the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV), has been able to bring all major trade unions closer on common trade union actions on fighting child labour, promoting youth employment and decent work as well as on policy formulation processes like Labour Market Reform which includes drafting labour and social security laws to cover all workers, in all sectors of Nepalese economy in line with the international labour standards. The office, through the framework of its Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), has been working in these areas with an umbrella coordination body of major trade unions named Joint Trade Union Co-ordination Centre (JTUCC) in Nepal. The JTUCC includes the three affiliates of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) with All Nepal Federations of Trade Unions (ANTUF), General Federations of Trade Unions (GEFONT) and Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC) as major actors in representing Nepalese workers.

The ILO/ACTRAV Norway Project has been a key resource to enhance the capacity of workers’ organizations in Nepal since 2007. Its present phase (2012–2015) entitled “Trade Unions for Social Justice” supports major trade unions to enhance their capacity for ensuring effective representation of workers in social dialogue processes at different levels. It provides the unions with technical and financial support through training, education, research and campaigns for organizing workers and making effective and productive participation in bipartite and tripartite social dialogue process for promoting fundamental rights of workers and decent work agenda in the world of work.


Working for Employers

The ILO Counry Office for Nepal together with the Bureau of Employers' Activities (ACT/EMP) has been actively working to protect the employers’ concerns for employment promotion and better industrial relations in Nepal. The collaboration is extended through its apex body of employers – Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI)  through different activities including training, education and research on employment related issues linking them with the outcomes of the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) for Nepal.

The primary objectives of the activities with employers’ organizations are to enhance the capacity of employers’ organization, particularly that of FNCCI, in representing the voices and concerns of the employers through the framework of the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) for Nepal. ACT/EMP exclusively promotes ILO’s global objectives in regard to strengthening tripartism and social dialogue for productivity and sound industrial relations through trainings, education and advocacy. ACT/EMP intends to meet the objectives of promoting youth employment through training and resource materials on entrepreneurship development, productivity and inclusive growth so that the tripartite constituents (employers, workers and government) of ILO are under the same roof for promoting social justice in Nepal.