Social Dialogue for a rights-based transition from the informal to formal employment

Informality and non-registered work
Social dialogue
Improvement of social security systems
Event date: 
10/20/2022 to 10/21/2022
Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Host Country: 

Exchange knowledge, experiences and prepare recommendations regarding strategies and policies related to social protection and the promotion of productivity that, through mechanisms based on social dialogue, facilitate the transition to labor formalization,


The Inter-American Network for Labor Administration in partnership with the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security of Argentina  

Relevant documents: 

Registration and Participation

Representatives from Governments must send the registration form included in the Base Document to the Technical Secretariat through their Permanent Mission to the OAS. The RIAL/OAS may cofund some travel expenses (lodging, transportation in Buenos Aires) for some delegates. 


1st Session - A rights-based transition to formal employment. Ensuring universal access to social protection for workers

Guiding questions for the presentations and dialogue: 
- Does your institution/country have social protection mechanisms aimed at workers who work in the informal economy? Are they, from your experience, mechanisms that promote or discourage the formalization of employment? Please share main challenges and lessons learned. 

Leonardo Julio Di Petro Paolo, Secretary of Employment, Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security of Argentina
Presentation by Chile, Andrés Bustamante, Chief of the Cabinet of Advisors of the Undersecretary of Labor, Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
Presentation by Panama, Moises Véliz, Chief of the Labor Market Observatory, Ministry of Labor and Workforce Development
Presentation by United States, Patrick Oakford, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, United States Department of Labor
Presentation by Jamaica, Lyndon Ford, Director of Employment, Ministry of Labor and Social Security
Presentation by Spain as guest country, by Veronica Martínez Barbero, General Director of Labor of the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy

2nd Session - Social dialogue and the contributions of social actors to labor formalization: promoting increased productivity within a framework of respect and strengthening of labor institutions

Guiding questions for the presentations and discussion: 
- What is the role of social dialogue in the transition to formalization of employment? Are there institutionalized mechanisms that guarantee social dialogue between the different social actors with this goal? Do you consider that social dialogue has contributed to promoting a rights-based formalization of employment? 
- How has social dialogue contributed, or how can it contribute to, simultaneously, boosting productivity and distributing its benefits while facilitating the transition towards labor formalization? 

Diego Javier Schleser, Undersecretary of Planning, Studies and Statistics, Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security of Argentina
Presentation by COSATE / Workers representative, by Marta Pujadas, President of the Trade Union Technical Advisory Council
Presentation by CEATAL / Employers representative, by Pablo Dragun, Director of the Center for Studies (CEU-UIA), and international relations of the Industrial Union of Argentina
Presentation by Brazil, by Mauro Rodrigues de Souza, Vice-Minister of Labor, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare - Available at

3rd Session - Activity in sub-groups

Activity in sub-groups based on the guiding question: 
- What are the main policy recommendations, in light of the experience of your institution, to improve the contribution of both social protection and productivity policies and strategies to the formalization of employment? 

Maria Claudia Camacho, Labor and employment section Chief, Department of Human Development, Education and Employment, OAS