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Martins Adriano Bardou

Head of the Labour Relations Committee , Itaipú Binacional, Brazil. Participant in the course on "International Labour Standards" (A902456) 17-28 May 2010 (Turin and Geneva)

The International Labour Standards course (held from 17 to 28 May 2010 in Turin and Geneva) made an important contribution to the efforts by the Directors of the Itaipú hydroelectric power plant to continuously improve the performance of its employees and directors, and, in the case of this course, to improve its labour relations. There was a special focus on the Conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) related to the world of work, social dialogue and the current guidelines and legal parameters concerning labour and union issues.

The course aimed to promote reflection and to go more deeply into the themes of the International Labour Organization by providing support for participants in the course, whose work involves negotiations with trade unions, businesses and governments.

The tripartite view permeated the course. It provided a broader view of the most important work issues, such as freedom of association, collective bargaining and the supervisory system of ILO Conventions, which monitors compliance by its 183 member states.

In addition, this event made it possible for thse taking part to set up a network of relationships among ILO bodies, leading to the sharing of information, ideas and experience in labour relations.

The course also provided interesting interaction among participants from almost every continent, creating an environment conducive to learning, with strong cultural, ethnic and social ties.

The course was appropriate, well structured, filled with relevant content and well designed. It stimulated deep reflection on the relationship between capital and labour. The coordination and organization of the event were good, with features such as the integrated nature of collaboration, responsiveness, goodwill, flexibility, and every consideration for participants.

The International Training Centre of the ILO should be commended on the quality of the course.



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