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Cardiff experts join forces to provide decent working conditions for international workers

24 January 2011

Cardiff University has joined forces with one of the world’s largest labour organisations in a bid to provide decent workplace conditions for workers in the industrial, service and maritime industries across the world.

Cardiff Business School has signed a unique agreement with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) which will see Cardiff experts offer their advice on the promotion and advancement of better working conditions.

As part of the new agreement Cardiff Business School will work alongside the ILO to promote decent work and sector-specific standards and develop new sector-specific research tools designed to advance the social and labour dimension in the industrial, services and maritime sectors.

Professor George Boyne, Dean of Cardiff Business School, said: "The ILO has a long and well respected tradition of promoting opportunities for decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity across the world.

"This agreement recognises Cardiff Business School’s expertise in the social responsibilities of organizations, and will allow us to provide our expert knowledge to help promote decent work and sector specific standards."

The agreement is one of the first in the establishment of an institutional network comprising of specialised universities and institutions linked to social partners, research networks and academics.

The network will help enhance the capacity of the ILO to provide technical assistance and gather and disseminate specific information in a targeted manner, while expanding the outreach of the decent work agenda.

Professor Boyne added: "The agreement will enable information exchange and allow the ILO and Cardiff University to undertake joint programmes on relevant key issues in the different industrial, services and maritime sectors.

"Furthermore, the respective ILO and Cardiff University websites will be linked to foster the sharing of data and information sources, including libraries."

The agreement was signed by Ms. Elizabeth Tinoco, Director of the Sectoral Activities Department, on behalf of the ILO and by Professor George Boyne, Dean of Cardiff Business School.



Further information is available by contacting:

Laura Davies
Cardiff Business School
Tel: 029 20 875132

Cardiff Business School
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