Workshop to promote ratification of the Private Employment Agencies Convention, 1997 (No. 181)

The Workshop to Promote Ratification of the Private Employment Agencies Convention, 1997 (No. 181), was held at the International Labour Office in Geneva from 20 to 21 October 2009. It was attended by 108 participants, including 28 Government representatives and 18 advisers, one representative of the European Commission, as well as 26 Worker and 34 Employer representatives and one representative of an international non-governmental organization – the World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES).

Its purpose was to promote ratification of the Convention by countries where the private employment agency market was developing and by major sending and receiving countries of migrant workers. Governments potentially ratifying the Convention were encouraged to attend, for example those having ratified the Fee-Charging Employment Agencies Convention (Revised), 1949 (No. 96), or having requested technical assistance on Convention No. 181.

The Workshop developed a set of Points of consensus on key issues, following detailed discussion in the Workshop. A summary of the discussion is provided in the report of the discussion.