The Inter-American Network for Labor Administration (RIAL) is a mechanism for cooperation among the Ministries of Labor of the Americas that seeks to build their human and institutional capacities.
It was established by the Ministries themselves following the XIV Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML) of the OAS in Mexico in 2005, in response to the mounting pressures faced by the Ministries.
The economic and social transformations of globalization, especially demands for gains in productivity and efficiency, are bringing heavy pressure to bear on Ministries of Labor, which must:
- Modernize and strengthen their managerial capacity
- Improve labor-market operation
- Ensure appropriate professional education geared toward the needs of the productive sector
- Ensure the application of legislation and protection of workers’ rights
- Promote tripartite social dialogue
The RIAL was created to address these challenges, based on an understanding that horizontal cooperation and technical assistance play key parts in building the institutional capacities of Ministries of Labor.