International Labour Organization

The International Labour Organization was founded in 1919. Being a UN specialized agency, the ILO has a unique tripartite structure in which employers' and workers associations have equal voice with the governments.

The ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (up to April 2010 - ILO Subregional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia) is based in Moscow since 1959 and coordinates the ILO activities in ten countries, including Kazakhstan.

ILO Director-General Mr. Guy Ryder (United Kingdom) took office on 1 October 2012. Mr. Heinz Koller of Germany was appointed as a Director of the ILO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia with effect from 1 June 2014.

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The Republic of Kazakhstan became a member of the International Labour Organization in 1993. In 2011 the country was elected as a Deputy Member in the ILO Governing Body.

Kazakhstan participates in the annual meetings of the International Labour Conference at a high level - in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014 the delegations were headed by the Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Population.

The Director of the ILO Regional Office actively participates in the annual meetings of the Astana Economic Forum.

The ILO activities in Kazakhstan are focused on priorities that were determined in the National Decent Work Programme.

The Organization has made significant contributions to designing and development of the strategic document - “Concept of the Social Protection in the Republic of Kazakhstan”. In order to implement the document the ILO proposed some concrete measures on improving the delivery system of the Targeted Social Assistance (TSA) to the most vulnerable categories of the population. The ILO experts assisted to development of the Labour Law and later on - the draft Labour Code of Kazakhstan (adopted in 2007) in compliance with the fundamental principles and rights at work and harmonization of labour legislation with the international standards. The ILO continues providing a full-pledged support to development of social partnership institutions to ensure the balance between the interests of workers, employers and government.

The ILO experts were also actively involved in updating and developing of the country's national employment safety and health systems as well as the labour inspection standards. The “ILO-OSH 2001” management system was introduced, including the establishment of safety committees on the ground.

On the basis of the ILO conventions and EU treaties the comparative analysis of the labour protection system and inspection was carried out in 2004, 2008 and 2015. The ILO consistently provided consultative assistance in development of the Employment Law and population employment programs. The ILO provided its comments to the draft Migration Policy Concept and to the draft law on migration.

In Kazakhstan the ILO continuously helps to design and implement projects in social protection, labour safety, migration, child labour, social partnership, etc.

Kazakhstan has ratified 24 ILO Conventions, including all fundamental (eight) and governance conventions (four).

Created at : 17.03.2017, 15:30, Updated at : 17.03.2017, 15:30