102nd International Labour Conference

Mexico and the ILO sign cooperation agreement on social protection floors

The agreement was signed by the Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Mexico, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, and ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, during the International Labour Conference in Geneva.

Press release | 17 June 2013
Mexico's Labour and Social Protection Minister, Alfonso Navarrete Prida (L), ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder (R).
GENEVA – The Government of Mexico and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have signed a cooperation agreement to promote social protection floors and to address a number of labour market challenges.

“The strategic objectives of the ILO are in line with Mexico’s interests and labour policy,” says the agreement signed by Mexico’s Labour and Social Protection Minister, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, and ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

This is the first agreement signed by a Latin American country that is linked to the ILO’s 2014-2015 programmatic framework, which sets out 8 areas of critical importance for the work of the organization.

The agreement says that Mexico’s labour policy is based on four themes: the creation of quality formal employment; democratizing productivity; safeguarding workers’ rights; and the promotion of social dialogue in the workplace.

“Mexico and the ILO are living a moment of convergence,” said Ryder. He called the agreement a “historic” first step “that will allow us to do many things together”.

The Minister of Labour of Mexico said the agreement reflects the changes and challenges affecting the world of work, adding that it is flexible enough to respond with new ideas and projects to the issues that affect the participants of the local labour market.

Navarrete Prida headed a delegation that also included representatives from workers’ and employers’ organizations.

The social protection floor promoted by the ILO seeks universal access to essential social services in order to improve the life of the poor and the most vulnerable.

The agreement states that the Mexican government’s National Development Programme for 2013-2018 includes the goal of creating a network to provide social protection for all. “An inclusive social security will reduce the incentives to remain in the informal economy,” the text reads.

The agreement will also strengthen technical cooperation between ILO and its tripartite social partners in Mexico.

Mexico and the ILO agreed to identify areas of technical cooperation and to set up a mechanism to keep track of all initiatives related to the agreement.

The agreement is for a period of five years, which can be renewed.