Labor Inspection of Maritime and Fluvial Activities
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Ten Argentine officials received training on inspecting port and maritime work from inspectors and experts of Brazil’s Ministry of Labor and Employment and participated, as observers, in maritime inspections in Rio de Janeiro. This visit was of great importance, since vessels inspected in Brazil are frequently inspected in Argentina as well, and so the standardization of norms and practices is desirable.
Some of the lessons learned emphasize that the objective of labor inspection is not to identify infractions, but to ensure that work conditions are regularized and that the training and knowledge of regional coordinators enhances the regional system.
One of the most important steps to be taken is to link such inspection with the maritime authority by creating reciprocal information obligations, and to link the Ministry of Labor and Employment’s commitment with waterway inspector efforts to strengthen ongoing and refresher training.