ILO Governing Body Meetings and 106th International Labour Conference

The ILO held its 329th, 330th and 331st Sessions of the Governing Body meetings in March, June and October 2017 respectively. In addition, the 106th Session of the International Labour Conference was held from 5th – 16th June 2017. BUSINESSAfrica was well represented by the President Mr. A. M. Yuma, the 2nd Vice President Mr. Le Roux, Secretary General Mrs. Jacqueline Mugo, the Treasurer Mr. M. O. Diallo, and other eminent members of BUSINESSAfrica Mr M. Mdwaba, Mr. M. E. Megateli, and Mr A. Frimpong, who sit in the Governing Body of ILO. In addition representatives of BUSINESSAfrica members in the selection committee (Mr. Mdwaba, Mrs. Mugo, Mr. Diallo, Mr. Megateli, Mr. Savene, Dr. Mlimuka, Mr. Frimpong and Mr. Silini ensured that Africa is well represented Committees of the Agenda of the 106th ILC as follows;

  •  The committees were Committee on the Application of Standards (employers’ members from Africa: Cameroun, Zambia, Côte d’Ivoire, Algérie, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Togo. Employers’ deputy members from Africa: Ethiopia, Gabon, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Niger, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo).
  • Committee for Labour Migration (Employers’ members from Africa: Chad, Swaziland, Togo, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo. Employers’ deputy members from Africa: Mauritania, Zambia, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Algeria, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco, South Africa, Namibia, and Uganda).
  • Committee on Employment and Decent Work for the Transition to Peace (Employers’ members: Ethiopia, South Sudan, Niger, Togo, Mali, Cameroon, and Uganda. Employers’ deputy members: Mauritania, Comoros, Zambia, Madagascar, Chad, Gabon, Algeria, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Namibia, Morocco, South Africa, Nigeria, and Democratic Republic of Congo);
  • Committee for Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (Employers’ members from Africa: Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Togo, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Swaziland, and Democratic republic of Congo. Employers’ deputy members from Africa: Chad, Zambia, Ghana, Mauritius, Gabon, The Seychelles, Bénin, South Africa, Algeria, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Namibia, Niger, and Uganda);

Summary of the work of the committees of the 106th International Labour Conference

Article | 16 June 2017

  • The Committee for labour migration recognized the urgency of strengthening labour migration governance – which is not only a timely and important topic, but also a critical one.
    Fair and effective labour migration governance is key to maximizing the benefits of labour migration and minimizing the risks and social costs. While policies need to be tailored to the different realities of countries and migration corridors, cooperation among relevant government agencies at all levels is essential as is social dialogue. Such dialogue between governments, employers and workers helps respond to the changing needs of business and workers, while ensuring decent work opportunities for both migrant and national workers.
  • The Committee called upon the ILO to play a leadership role in promoting decent work in labour migration, including in the the process leading up to the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration due to be adopted in 2018.
  • The Conference Committee for Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work adopted a Resolution which calls on the ILO Director-General to prepare a plan of action to further promote ILO core labour standards around the globe.
  • The Committee held its discussions based on a report which identifies political will, effective labour market governance and inclusive social dialogue between governments, employers and workers as key to the promotion of basic labour rights and the achievement of the goals of the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization adopted by the International Labour Conference in 2008.
  • The conclusions also call on the ILO to pursue synergies between the follow-up to the 1998 Declaration and the work of the ILO supervisory mechanism with development cooperation.
  • The Committee on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations of the ILC adopted conclusions on 24 individual cases related to issues arising from the implementation of labour rights. This discussion was based on the annual report of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations which is an independent body composed of legal experts charged with examining the application in law and practice of ILO Conventions and Recommendations by ILO member States.
  • The Committee also discussed occupational safety and health standards, based on a general survey concerning the promotional framework on OSH, construction, mines and agriculture. Recognizing the importance of the promotional framework for occupational safety and health, the Committee asked the International Labour Office to campaign for the ratification and implementation of Convention No. 187.
    For more information please contact the ILO Department of Communication and Public Information at newsroom@ilo.org or +4122/799-7912.

In addition to influencing various policy decisions both at the Governing Body meetings, the 106th ILC Committees and the ILC plenary, BUSINESSAfrica is roud to have lobbyied and garnered support from other employers colleagues for the election of Mr. Mthunzi Mdwaba as the IOE Vice-President to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and global Spokesman for Employers in ILO.
In addition, 7 candidates were elected to the ILO Governing body from BUSINESSAfrica members as follows:

  1. Mr M. Megateli (Algeria)
  2. Mr A. Yuma (Congo, Dem. Rep. of)
  3. Mr H. Diop (Senegal)
  4. Mr K. Ghariani (Tunisia)
  5. Ms J. Mugo (Kenya)
  6. Mr K. Ndri (Côte d’Ivoire)
  7. Mr O. Oshinowo (Nigeria)

Texts adopted by the Conference
The following was adopted by the 106 ILC
Instruments
1. Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience Recommendation, 2017 (No. 205)
2. Abrogation of the night work (women) Convention, 1919 (no. 4)
3. Abrogation of the minimum age (trimmers and stokers) Convention, 1921 (no. 15)
4. Withdrawal of the protection against accidents (dockers) Convention, 1929 (no. 28)
5. Abrogation of the night work (women) Convention (revised), 1934 (no. 41)
6. Withdrawal of the minimum age (non-industrial employment) Convention (revised), 1937 (no. 60)
7. Abrogation of the hours of work and rest periods (road transport) Convention, 1939 (no. 67)
Resolutions
I. Resolution concerning fair and effective labour migration governance
II. Resolution concerning employment and decent work for peace and resilience
III. Resolution concerning the second recurrent discussion on fundamental principles and rights at work
IV. Resolution concerning the arrears of contributions of Kyrgyzstan
V. Resolution concerning the adoption of the Programme and Budget for 2018–19 and the allocation of the budget of income among member States
VI. Resolution concerning the scale of assessments of contributions to the budget for 2018
VII. Resolution concerning the composition of the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization
VIII. Resolution concerning the financial report and audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2016

 

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