Piloted in 2017, the programme is part of a broader ILO project, Strengthening Labour Relations and their Institutions in Egypt (SLARIE).
Launched in 2020, SLARIE promotes the effective application of the recently amended trade union law and genuine support for social dialogue in Egypt. One of objectives of the SLARIE project is the creation of a fully-fledged Better Work Programme in Egypt. Currently, Better Work Egypt delivers services for 60 factories, including conducting compliance assessments as well as limited advising and training services.
Collaboration and partnerships are crucial to the success of Better Work Egypt. With the Ministry of Manpower, Better Work Egypt will work on taking small and practical steps to build trust and leverage the experience and relationships of other ILO projects in the country. The Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) is the main employer point of contact, with Better Work Egypt expanding to other employer organizations that are working in the exporting garment sector. As a result of its collaboration with Better Work Egypt, the garment sector will become a reference point for other sectors in the country through its efforts to promote decent work, prioritizing Freedom of Association, social dialogue and workers’ rights.