Arab Labour Organization (ALO)

Organisation arabe du travail (OAT)
Organización Arabe del Trabajo

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12 Jan 1965, Baghdad (Iraq), persuant to resolution No 1 passed at 1st Conference of Arab Ministers of Labour, which resolution was approved by resolution No 2102 d/43, dated 21 Mar 1965, of the Council of League of Arab States (LAS). On 8 Jan 1970, the 5th Arab Labour Ministers' Conference issued a resolution providing the establishment of ALO as a specialized agency on labour and workers. Commenced activities: 25 Sep 1972.


(1) Coordinate Arab efforts in the labour field. (2) Develop and maintain trade union rights and freedoms. (3) Offer technical assistance in the labour field to the three production parties in member states. (4) Endeavour to promote and unify labour legislation in member states. (5) Work for improvement of working conditions in member states so as to: ensure means of occupational health and safety and a favourable work environment; expand the social insurance base to embrace labour categories in different economic activities; provide workers with social services and improve their quality; determine minimum wage limits to cope with economic and social change; develop labour relations; provide protection to female workers and juveniles. (6) Develop Arab human resources so as to utilize them fully in socio-economic development through: manpower planning; promotion of employment and combating all forms of unemployment; providing job opportunities for women in a way to suit their abilities and conditions; facilitating movement of Arab manpower within the Arab homeland, equal treatment of expatriates and nationals in rights and duties and replacement of foreign manpower by Arabs; caring for conditions of Arab migrant workers, defending their rights, preserving their identity and national affiliation and encouraging them to return home to contribute to development and construction. (7) Develop Arab manpower and promote productivity through: developing labour administrations and machinery of workers' and employers' organizations; expanding the vocational training base and promoting its means and programmes; disseminating workers' education derived from characteristics of Arab society; vocational training for the handicapped and ensuring job opportunities for them. (8) Prepare a guide and work out bases of occupational classification. (9) Arabize labour and vocational training terminology.

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Collects and distributes data; supervises agreements; prepares and disseminates information on research in the various labour fields; supervises a number of labour and cultural institutions; offers advice and assistance to Arab countries. Organizes conferences, seminars, training courses and educational courses.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 13 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 11 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 25 countries
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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Work

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



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