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ILO Governing Body opens 301st session: Labour situation in Myanmar will be discussed, along with migration, discrimination and freedom of association

The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO) will address a range of issues at its 301st session beginning here today, including basic labour rights in a number of countries, public-private partnerships, as well as ILO action on migrant workers and discrimination in employment and occupation.

Press release | 06 March 2008

GENEVA (ILO News) – The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO) will address a range of issues at its 301st session beginning here today, including basic labour rights in a number of countries, public-private partnerships, as well as ILO action on migrant workers and discrimination in employment and occupation.

The meeting scheduled on 6-20 March will discuss action against forced labour in Myanmar in the light of a recent ILO mission to the country. The Governing Body will also consider the latest report of the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association, and appraise technical cooperation and the follow-up of a tripartite agreement in Colombia (GB.301/TC/4).

The Governing Body will review progress in countries which have not yet ratified all fundamental Conventions on freedom of association and collective bargaining, forced and child labour and discrimination. The ratification rate of these key ILO Conventions is now around 90 per cent.

On 17 March, the Working Party on the Social Dimension of Globalization will be honoured by the presence of Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank. His address on “The Challenge of Making Globalization Inclusive” will be followed by a discussion (GB.301/WP/SDG/1). The Working Party will also discuss the report of the ILO Forum on Decent Work for a Fair Globalization that was held in Lisbon from 31 October to 2 November 2007 (GB.301/WP/SDG/2) (Note 1).

Among other issues, the Committee on Social and Employment Policy will examine the promotion of women’s entrepreneurship development (GB.301/ESP/4) and the latest trends in export-processing zones (GB.301/ESP/5), the implementation of the Global Employment Agenda in Viet Nam and other countries (GB.301/ESP/1 and GB.301/ESP/6), the Decent Work Agenda in Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (GB.301/ESP/2) and progress in the implementation of the Global Social Trust pilot project (GB.301/ESP/3).

The Subcommittee on Multinational Enterprise will update the Governing Body members on corporate social responsibility related activities worldwide (GB.301/MNE/3).

The Committee on Technical Cooperation will review ILO policy on public-private partnerships (GB.301/TC/1), and technical cooperation activities with respect to occupational safety and health (GB.301/TC/2), and child labour (GB.301/TC/3).

Among other issues, the Committee on Sectoral and Technical Meetings will review developments in relation to ship breaking/ship recycling (GB.301/STM/6).

The Committee on Legal Issues and International Labour Standards will continue discussions on the ILO strategy for promoting the international labour standards mechanism (GB.301/LILS/6). The Committee will also discuss ILO action concerning discrimination in employment and occupation (GB.301/LILS/7).

The Governing Body is the executive body of the International Labour Office (the Office is the secretariat of the Organization). It meets three times a year, in March, June and November and takes decisions on ILO policy, the agenda of the International Labour Conference and the draft Programme and Budget of the Organization for submission to the Conference.

It is composed of 56 titular members (28 Governments, 14 Employers and 14 Workers) and 66 deputy members (28 Governments, 19 Employers and 19 Workers). Ten of the titular government seats are permanently held by States of chief industrial importance (Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States). The other Government members are elected by the Conference every three years.


Note 1 – For more information see the new ILO Governing Body website, at: /global/What_we_do/Officialmeetings/gb/lang--en/index.htm.