Caribbean NEWSLINK - Newsletter of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean (April - June 2016)
The 105th International Labour Conference (ILC) concluded following two weeks of deliberations on key world of work issues, including decent work in global supply chains, employment for the transition to peace, maritime labour issues, basic labour rights and the Social Justice Declaration.
A record 5,982 delegates from 187 ILO member States were in attendance. The Conference was presided over by Mildred Oliphant, Minister of Labour, South Africa. “We worked out what needs to be done to ensure that the ever increasing organization of production in global supply chains contributes to the promotion of decent work. We began the job of delineating the way that decent work can and must contribute to peace and stability in the wake of conflict, crisis or disaster,” said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, in his closing remarks to the ILC.
He added that the Conference set a compass to guide member States to meet their obligations to apply ratified Conventions, refined the world’s maritime labour code, and pointed the way for the ILO to organize its own work. “And if all of that were not enough, we set the course for making poverty history by 2030,” he concluded, referring to his Report to the ILC entitled “The End to Poverty Initiative: The ILO and the 2030 Agenda ”.
The Conference also held a World of Work Summit at which young people and high-level representatives of governments, employers and unions discussed how to shape the future of work for youth. In the run-up to the World Day Against Child Labour (on June 12), another high-level panel discussed child labour in supply chains.
On 7 June, Caribbean Ministers of Labour from The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, attending the ILC, met with the Director-General to discuss a wide variety of issues that impact workers in the region and how the ILO can respond to the needs of Caribbean nationals.
They also spoke on the relationship between the ILO and CARICOM, the need for the Director-General to support the Social Partners at a regional, national and enterprise level, and the inclusion of Caribbean States in the Director-General’s Vision for the ILO over the next five years. (For more Conference highlights, see pages 2-3).