Arab Labour Organization (ALO)

Organisation arabe du travail (OAT)
Organización Arabe del Trabajo

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1965-01-12 Baghdad Iraq


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 D-XD2903 - 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.


Coordinate efforts in work and workers fields; develop and maintain trade union rights and freedom of association; provide technical assistance in all fields of labour; develop labour legislation and work on standardization; improve work conditions; develop Arab human resources to take advantage of full capacities in development; develop the Arab workforce and raise productivity efficiency; guide and lay foundations for occupational classification and characterization; translate into Arabic labour and vocational training terms.


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ALO applies tripartite representation principles in all its activities and its constitutional and standing organs. General Conference (annual), comprises Governments, employers' organizations and workers' organizations. Governing Body (meeting twice a year, 1-year term), comprises 8 titular members: 4 representatives of the government group; 2 representatives of the employers' group; 2 representatives of the workers' group. Also 3 substitutes (1 for the government group and 1 each for employers and workers). Observers: Secretariat-General of the League of Arab States; International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions (ICATU); General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries (GUCCIAAC); ILO. Chairman and 2 Vice-Chairmen elected from among Council members such that all three groups are represented. Secretariat: Arab Labour Office, based in Cairo (Egypt) and headed by Director-General, assisted by Assistant Director-General and a Councillor. Other constitutional committees and standing committees: Financial Control Body; Trade Union Freedoms Committee; Legal Experts Committee; Arab Woman Affairs Committee. Institutions set up by Conference: K-XK0619 - Arab Centre for Social Insurance, Khartoum; K-XK0651 - Arab Centre for Human Resources Development; G-XG3708 - Arab Centre for Labour Administration and Employment (ACLAE); E-XE2008 - Arab Institute for Labour Education and Research; U-XE2532 - Arab Institute for Vocational Health and Safety.


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GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



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