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103rd International Labour Conference: IYCW and WSM Joint Statements Demanding Decent Work PDF Print E-mail

The IYCW Calls For the Elimination of Forced Labour and the Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy

 

altThe IYCW is participating in the 103rd International Labour Conference, a tripartite meeting bringing together governments, trade unions and employers, currently held in Geneva, Switzerland from May 28 to June 12. The IYCW and WSM always participate in the ILC actively and efficiently, with relevant statements and helpful suggestions to the committees.

 

The IYCW is promoting representative action within the ILO with the presence of its activists from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. It should be noted that in the framework of the issues dealt with by the ILO, the IYCW objective for this 103rd ILC is to: give visibility to the concrete actions we are developing as IYCW and contribute to the building of international policies in favour of the working class throughout the world. Our participation is focused on two committees: Forced Labour and Transitioning from the Informal to the Formal Economy.

 

In the Forced Labour Committee, discussions have been focusing on the promotion of a recommendation for amending Convention n° 29 of 1930 aiming at the elimination of forced labour. In the Committee on Transitioning from the Informal to the Formal Economy, the debate is focusing on the adoption of a recommendation in 2015. The ILO members, governments and trade unions, are drafting policies to strengthen and secure the working-class rights. With the intervention of the social organizations’ representatives, the ILC is heading towards the drafting of these recommendations.

 

The IYCW activists play a role in bringing their concrete experiences. In both committees, they are highlighting some essential elements that should be reflected in the recommendations:

 

  1. A rights-based approach.
  2. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.
  3. Legal protection of the labour rights of informal workers.
  4. Good public services that guarantee social protection.
  5. Define a list of all existing international ILO standards.
  6. A responsive labour administration and strengthened inspection.

 

The IYCW will participate in the 103rd ILC from May 28 to June 6 with the objective of putting the reality of young workers around the world at the heart of the debate.

 

Click here to read the IYCW-WSM joint statement read by Isak Krampona, IYCW secretary general, in the Forced Labour Committee.

 

Click here to read the IYCW-WSM joint statement read by Orlando Machado, IYCW activist and JOCA coordinator, in the Committee on Transitioning from the Informal to the Formal Economy.

 

Click here to see Orlando Machado’s statement.

 
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