Labour inspection projects in Peru and the Philippines are to receive a total of US$3m in grants from the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs.

The aim of the awards is to boost workers’ rights in the two countries via technical assistance projects to build capacity at labour inspectorates.

In Peru, $2m will help build enforcement capacity at the Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion’s new National Superintendency of Labor Inspection.

And in the Philippines, $1m will help improve the effectiveness of labour inspections, particularly in the area of occupational safety and health, as well as labour rights monitoring by workers, employers and their representatives.

“Labour inspections as a means of enforcing existing labour laws are essential to raising standards for workers around the world,” said Deputy Undersecretary for International Labor Affairs Carol Pier.

“These projects will build on existing efforts within Peru and the Philippines to help those countries better enforce their labour laws and protect workers’ rights.”