Labour administration is the institutional framework within which national labour policy is developed, implemented, coordinated, checked and reviewed. National labour policy covers the following fields: employment and vocational training; labour protection; industrial relations; research; and labour market information.
An effective system of labour administration implies:
The principal functions of labour administration are to provide for the protection of workers through the preparation, development, adoption, application and review of labour standards, including relevant laws and regulations to promote equality and social justice in the world of work. In this respect labour administration:
Despite a constant increase of women's participation in paid employment, women continue to experience greater difficulties than men in gaining access to decent work, and obtaining equal treatment in terms of remuneration and promotion. Certain categories of women such as those with disabilities, migrants, and those in the rural and urban informal sectors are particularly discriminated against, and lack basic resources and social protection. The labour administration system should play a vital role in preventing discrimination, making all actors aware of the concept of gender equality, and creating an enabling environment for promoting gender equality.
→ see also Labour inspection and Public employment services and private employment agencies
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