Impacts and Testimonials

OAS

“The RIAL helps to protect rights at work and promote employment in the Americas, by facilitating solutions through dialogue among workers, employers, and governments in the region.

 

Through its support of the work of the region’s Ministries of Labor, the RIAL serves as a great example of results-based cooperation geared toward inclusion. The OAS is proud to coordinate this prestigious initiative and to celebrate its 10th anniversary.”

 

Luis Almagro

Secretary General 

Organization of American States

 

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Mexico

“The creation of the RIAL in Mexico in 2005 is, without a doubt, one of the IACML’s most important developments. Over the course of these 10 years, the RIAL has proved to be an effective tool to strengthen each country’s labor policies and programs, as well as to improve our Ministries’ human and institutional capacity. Moreover, the RIAL has fostered the creation of cooperation networks among technical specialists, enabling each country to identify the experiences that may help develop solutions to similar problems. We have a great challenge before us: to make even more progress and to build solid, concrete, effective, comprehensive, and complete results for our entire hemisphere. To do that, it is essential for the RIAL to be strengthened.”

 

José Luis Stein Velasco

Head of the Unit for International Affairs

Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare of Mexico

 

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Costa Rica

“The RIAL allows us to lay out our specific needs and manage cooperation at a very technical level. It is the Labor Ministries’ offices themselves that present their projects, which ensures that the cooperation activities are more effective. There is also follow-up to the commitments so that it is not just talk. The cooperation activities are concrete and directly address the units’ needs. That is why we value the RIAL.”

 

Ana Lucía Blanco

Advisor on International Affairs

Ministry of Labor and Social Security of Costa Rica

 

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CEATAL

“A decade later, we can see that the RIAL has strengthened the capacities of governments and social partners throughout the hemisphere, by sponsoring and coordinating projects, dialogue and research. Initiatives like the RIAL serve as models for the future since they demonstrate the OAS actual and potential role in the Americas.”

 

John Craig

Counselor of the Canadian Employers Council

Business Technical Advisory Committee on Labor Matters (CEATAL)

 

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St. Lucia

“No other institution has contributed to the development of labour administration to the extent that RIAL has. I think my department has benefited tremendously for the various workshops, seminars, and training organized by RIAL. Hope that the excellent work continues.”

 

George Melchoir

Labour Commissioner

Ministry of Labor of St. Lucia

 

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COSATE

“We celebrate the anniversary of the RIAL and note that its creation has strengthened coordination among different countries to facilitate the program agenda within our Inter-American Conference. In the case of COSATE, the RIAL has strengthened us because it has created spaces for participation not only within the IACML but also at the national level. As all networks do, it has grown and has strengthened ties, but most of all it has produced results with measurable impacts in the various regions, and has evolved to become a strong, efficient network, one for which we have great hopes.”

 

Marta Pujadas

Vice President of the Trade Union Technical Advisory Council

COSATE

 

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Paraguay

“In Paraguay, we used to have a Ministry of Justice and Labor; now we have a Ministry of Labor, Employment, and Social Security. In the RIAL we have a tremendous ally when it comes to looking for best practices. By looking back at the road travelled, we can see the major difficulties faced and avoid the biggest mistakes, but we can also point to successes.”

 

Enrique López Arce

Director General of Planning and Cooperation

Ministry of Labor, Employment, and Social Security of Paraguay

 

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Colombia

“The RIAL has been very important for Colombia, because the Ministry of Labor was created in 2011 and with the RIAL’s support we were able to see how the workplace inspection process operated in Brazil and take that model into account. It has also helped us because we have been able to share good practices of ours that are being recognized internationally. It has also enabled us to strengthen social dialogue.”

 

Gloria Gaviria

Head of Cooperation and International Relations

Ministry of Labor of Colombia

 

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Canada

“Canada has been an enthusiastic supporter of the RIAL since its creation. Over the years, the RIAL has developed into an agile mechanism for tangible cooperation and knowledge sharing at the hemispheric level. We should all be very proud of the RIAL’s accomplishments to-date. With the support and active participation of each and every member state, the RIAL will be able to continue to facilitate the development of institutional capacity and the effective enforcement of labour legislation in the years to come. Our thanks go to the Technical Secretariat for its diligent coordination of the work of the RIAL over the past decade.”

 

Kim Bellem

A/Director, Bilateral and Regional Labour Affairs

Labour Program of Employment and Social Development Canada

 

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Barbados

“As a mechanism of the IACML, the RIAL facilitates cooperation and allows countries to benefit from each other by exposing them to best practices in the hemisphere. As a result, countries have been able to raise their labor standards and strengthen their Ministries of Labor, which are objectives of the IACML.”

 

Victor Felix

Assistant Chief Labour Officer

Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development of Barbados

 

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