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Promoting Decent Work in Construction and Related Services: The Key Role of Local Authorities


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Promoting Decent Work in Construction and Related Services: the Key Role of Local Authorities

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Construction - Rights - Work


What is decent work? Does it differ from a well-paid job, or a safe working environment? Does it deal with conventional characteristics of employment in both the formal and the informal sector? How can local authorities promote decent work? This research report answers these and many other questions. The report presents the results of the international research project “Promoting decent work in construction and related services: the key role of local authorities”. This is a joint project between the International Labour Office (ILO) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE), funded by the Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN), from 1st December 2005 until 31st May 2007.

The concept of decent work presented by the ILO Director-General Juan Somavia in his report to the International Labour Conference in June 1999 is the core subject of this research project. In 1999, Somavia stated that “the primary goal of the ILO today is to promote opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, security and human rights. Decent work is the converging focus of all its four strategic objectives: the promotion of rights at work, employment, social protection and social dialogue” (ILOa, 1999:3). Thus, the concept of decent work is broadly based on four components: employment generation, social security, rights at the workplace and social dialogue.


Promoting Decent Work in Construction and Related services: the Key Role of Local Authorities
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