GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY DISCUSS Problems in labor relations and their solutions -

GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY DISCUSS Problems in labor relations and their solutions

Transparency Azerbaijan, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), organized a roundtable to discuss problems in labor relations and their solutions. The roundtable was one in a series organized by Transparency Azerbaijan to facilitate dialogue between the government institutions and NGOs on increasing transparency and accountability. Representatives of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, the Anti-Corruption Department of Prosecutor General’s Office, Civil Service Commission, State Social Protection Fund, State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations, Ministry of Justice, Trade Unions Confederation, National Confederation of Entrepreneurs Organizations, representatives of local and international NGOs participated in the roundtable.
The main goal of the roundtable is to identify and discuss current deficiencies in efforts to minimize corrupt practices in labor relations, and to increase transparency and accountability in this area. After Rena Safaraliyeva, the Executive Director of Transparency Azerbaijan made opening of the event, Bakhtiyar Mammadov, Head Consultant at Department of Labor Policy, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population told participants about efforts undertaken to protect employees’ labor rights in Azerbaijan. Ayten Alizamanli, representative of Transparency Azerbaijan presented general recommendations to prevent violations of the law in labor relations. During the event, Mahammad Muradov, representative of Transparency Azerbaijan delivered his recommendations to improve electronic services covering labor relations.
Participants agreed that despite Government of Azerbaijan efforts to ensure labor safety, define relations, rights and responsibilities of employees and employers, punish perpetuators of labor law and bring the domestic legislation in line with international standards, a number of challenges in this area remain. Roundtable participants identified and discussed current deficiencies in efforts to minimize opportunities for corrupt practices in labor relations, and proposed ways to increase transparency and accountability in this area. Attendees praised the exchange of views between government and civil society that took place at the roundtable. They also decided to deliver to the Ministry written recommendations from civil society organizations on improving transparency and accountability in the area of labor relations. Participants addressed the media at the end of the event.

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