The long march started from two departure points of the Presidential Palace and KSTL Bemori to the beach of Largo de Lecidere as the concentration point under the theme: “Together we promote decent work and social dialogue to guarantee social protection for workers”. The long march also called for the government of Timor-Leste to ratify the ILO Convention No. 190 on Violence and Harassment.
What is missing in the country is education and we need to invest more in the technical professional area with international standards to compete and join the ASEAN market."President of Timor-Leste, H.E. Jose Ramos Horta
Alarico do Rosario, Secretary of State for SEFOPE, said that the commemoration was a momentum for the key labour actors to reflect on the roles of the tripartite in promoting the decent work, inclusion and equity in Timor-Leste. “The law proposal of the 8th constitutional government on health, security and hygiene in the workplace has been approved and we are hopeful that President of Timor-Leste Jose Ramos Horta will promulgate the law in near future,” he said.
The law proposal of the 8th constitutional government on health, security and hygiene in the workplace has been approved and we are hopeful that President of Timor-Leste Jose Ramos Horta will promulgate the law in near future."Alarico do Rosario, Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment (SEFOPE)
Jorge Serano, President of CCI-TL, in his remarks stated: “I do have around 700 workers and I understand their needs for a decent work which is not only salary issue but also working environment. To achieve that we need to sit down as a partner not as an enemy to contribute for the national development. To join the ASEAN, we need to be prepared not only our skills, but we also need to raise our productivity to compete with the rest of ASEAN countries.”
Meanwhile, Almerio Vilanova, President of KSTL, emphasized the upholding of the labour rights, including social security and social dialogue. “Labour day is a very important day and we gathered here today as an opportunity for the workers to speak to the government and employers to create decent working conditions. We request government to review the draft decree law on minimum salary and to create workplace that is free from violence and harassment,” he said.
To strengthen the partnership and collaboration, the long march was continued with quizzes and price awards from the private companies to the workers with best performance and series of friendship games of futsal held from 1 to 12 May, involving ten teams of males and six teams of females from various institutions, including UN agencies.
We hope that this will open a wider opportunity for the LGBT community to look for jobs in the private and public sectors."Ady Pati from CODIVA organization, an LGBT organization
The ILO’s support was given through the Spotlight Initiative in Timor-Leste—a joint initiative of EU-UN to eliminate violence against women and girls. This global initiative is implemented by the ILO together with four other UN agencies in Timor-Leste.