Status
Active
Start
1964
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Since 1964, the OAS has enabled fluid dialogue and participation with workers and employers through two bodies: the Trade Union Technical Advisory Council (COSATE) and The Business Technical Advisory Committee on Labor Matters (CEATAL), both of which have the status of consultative body within the framework of the Inter-American Conferences of Ministers of Labor (IACML). These consultative bodies bring together the main trade union confederations and business organizations of all OAS Member States, and actively participate in the IACML process: they participate in planning and decision-making meetings, express the voice of workers and employers in the negotiation of documents and at the time of defining the actions of the Conference in each cycle, and provide technical inputs in all the activities of the Conference.

Additionally, they actively participate in the process of the Summit of the Americas and the General Assembly, where they have spaces for dialogue with governments.

The OAS is also the Technical Secretariat of COSATE and CEATAL. In this regard, it convenes and organizes their meetings, provides technical and programmatic inputs, and coordinates the participation of workers and employers in the processes of the Summit of the Americas and the OAS General Assembly.

Objectives
  • Promote the institutionalization of social dialogue in the hemisphere as a tool for creating consensus and building trust.
  • Integrate the perspective of workers and employers in the activities, negotiations, and results of the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor and the Inter-American Network for Labor Administration (RIAL).
  • Give voice to the workers and employers of the Americas in the highest level forums of the OAS, the Summit of the Americas and the General Assembly, and in the framework of the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor.
  • Encourage the active participation of workers and employers in the ministerial debate so that the authorities incorporate their priorities
Activities
  • Participation of workers' and employers' organizations in the Summit of the Americas (every 4 years)
  • Participation of workers' and employers' organizations in the General Assembly (every year)
  • Biannual meetings of COSATE and CEATAL in the framework of the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor.
More Results
Results
Since 1964 workers and employers have participated in ministerial labor meetings
Since 2007, workers and employers have participated in the General Assemblies of the OAS and the Summit of the Americas.
Inclusion of inputs from workers and employers in the inter-American labor agenda.
Since 2007, 5 Joint Declarations have been adopted that reflect the common visions and priorities of Workers – Employers
Adoption of separate Declarations of Workers & Employers within the Inter American Conference of Ministers of Labor, achievement of each Ministerial.
Beneficiary Countries
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Argentina
Barbados
Barbados
Belize
Belize
Bolivia
Bolivia
Brazil
Brazil
Canada
Canada
Chile
Chile
Colombia
Colombia
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Dominica
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Ecuador
El Salvador
El Salvador
Grenada
Grenada
Guatemala
Guatemala
Guyana
Guyana
Haiti
Haiti
Honduras
Honduras
Jamaica
Jamaica
Mexico
Mexico
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
Panama
Panama
Paraguay
Paraguay
Peru
Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Suriname
The Bahamas
The Bahamas
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
United States of America
United States of America
Uruguay
Uruguay
Venezuela
Venezuela
Team
Maria Claudia Camacho
Chief of the Labor & Employment Section / Coordinator of the RIAL
Guillermo Calzada
Program Officer of the RIAL
Strategic Partners
Resources
The Inter-American Network for Labor Administration (RIAL) is the mechanism for cooperation among the Ministries of Labor of the Americas that seeks to build their human and institutional capacities.