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Sri Lanka violates core labour rights, ITUC says

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) reported yesterday to the World Trade Organisation that “while Sri Lanka has ratified all eight of the International Labour Organization’s core conventions, it has largely failed to implement these conventions,” as noted by Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC. Continue reading ‘Sri Lanka violates core labour rights, ITUC says’


Philippines: Department of labour urges partners to support Convention for domestic workers

Philippines Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz urged labor, management, and other stakeholders to support the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in crafting comments and responses to the proposed International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention and Recommendations on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Continue reading ‘Philippines: Department of labour urges partners to support Convention for domestic workers’

Swaziland: ILO should not come only in times of crisis

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Lutfo Dlamini, yesterday implored the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) High-Level delegation not come to Swaziland only in times of crisis. “You must come to Swaziland even when there are no issues,” he said. Dlamini said it was important for the country and ILO to have regular consultative meetings as they would help Swaziland advance in its labour-relations endeavours. Continue reading ‘Swaziland: ILO should not come only in times of crisis’

Chilean president visits UK and promises to ratify ILO Convention 176

In recent years, Chilean presidents have enjoyed little fanfare when visiting Britain: ignored by the media, unknown to the public, and banished to champagne receptions with obscure dignitaries. But as the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for more than 10 weeks can testify, a week can be a very long time.  Speaking of the San Jose rescue, the president promised his government would ratify ILO convention 176, which would commit Chile to enforcing safety regulations, as unions have repeatedly urged. Watch the interview on BBC Hard Talk (min. 2,30).

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Migrants in Macau: a ban may be discriminatory

By Alexandra Lages

A senior specialist for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said that the six month ban established by Macau’s new imported labour law could be “a case of discrimination” for migrant workers. In an interview with Macau Daily Times, Tim De Meyer, senior specialist in international labour standards and labour law of the Subregional Office for East Asia, pointed out that there is no black and white approach for the Macau migrant workers’ complaints and advised them to pay attention to the results of the new law in practice. Continue reading ‘Migrants in Macau: a ban may be discriminatory’

Egypt: Sacked workers stage protest outside rights council headquarters

Around 50 workers and their families, along with labor activists and lawyers, congregated outside the headquarters of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) and the National Council for Women (NCW) on Sunday to protest “arbitrary and punitive lay-offs” and demand reinstatement.  These workers called on officials to apply pressure on the Egyptian state to implement ILO Conventions No. 87 and 98, regarding “Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize” and the “Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining” respectively. Continue reading ‘Egypt: Sacked workers stage protest outside rights council headquarters’

Mine safety culture in Chile must change, says ICEM

The International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine & General Workers’ Unions (ICEM) yesterday called on the Government of Chile to radically change the procedural methodology it uses on mine safety once the imminent rescue of 33 miners at the San José mine near Copiapó in northern Chile is complete. The ICEM is also calling on the government of Chile to begin the process toward ratification of International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 176, the 1995 Safety and Health in Mines Convention. Continue reading ‘Mine safety culture in Chile must change, says ICEM’

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