Establishment of the Tripartite Labour Advisory Council (MOU) in Vanuatu

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Establishment of the Tripartite Labour Advisory Council was drafted. It was signed by all tripartite constituents at a workshop and signed copies distributed to the parties.

Print and television media coverage of the signing was also given, which was good advocacy for the ILO, social dialogue and tripartism in Vanuatu.

Policy points for amendment of the Employment Act (CAP 160) and Minimum Wage and Minimum Wages Board Act (CAP 182) to facilitate the establishment of the Tripartite Labour Advisory Board were drafted. These policy points were prepared in consultation with the State Law Office, which was represented at the workshop. The State Law Office’s advice was that the preparation of policy points for the Minister of Internal Affairs to present to the Council of Ministers for approval was the first stage in the ni-Vanuatu legislative reform process. The Commissioner of Labour committed to negotiating with the Minister of Internal Affairs to ensure the presentation of these policy points to the Council of Ministers. Subject to the Minister of Internal Affairs confirming the high priority of the amendment legislation, the State Law Office committed to providing ongoing support and drafting advice to expedite the legislative reform process.