Asia and the Pacific: Bipartite Worker-Employer Workshop on Decent Work

Press release | Colombo | 21 October 2011

Colombo, 21 October 2011 (ACTRAV INFO)- The Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) took part in the bipartite workshop held in Colombo on 20 and 21 October, at which the participants discussed the Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCP) in the context of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

The purpose of this seminar was to strengthen the institutional capacity of workers and employers to promote decent work, with a special focus on social partner participation in DWCPs and UNDAFs.

At the worker level, the workshop provided an opportunity to identify the priorities of the trade union organizations in the region. As Mr Sergey Popello from the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) stated, the participants “crystallized concrete proposals reflecting the interests of the trade unions in the region, particularly with regard to specific ILO Conventions, beginning with freedom of association and the right to bargain collectively”

“ We discussed a weakness typical of trade union involvement at the national level in the context of several DWCPs, a weakness which is due in part to the fact that there are many different trade unions at country level. But at the conclusion of the proceedings the trade unions considered that the DWCPs are a rallying factor, which enables them to work in their respective countries and to identify their common priorities. The DWCPs are also an opportunity to bring trade unions together within a force that can become more involved in development programmes," Mr Popello added.

Activities are planned at the national level in the context of the follow-up to the recommendations resulting from this bipartite workshop.

A similar meeting for the Arab region is scheduled to be held before the end of 2011.

For more information, contact:

Specialist in workers’ activities
Tél :+41 22 799 80 86
Email: popello[at]ilo[dot]org