Tripartite Meeting on Employment, Social Dialogue, Rights at Work and Industrial Relations in Transport Equipment Manufacturing

A three day tripartite meeting for the transport equipment manufacturing sector was held in Geneva from 10-12 January 2005 to discuss employment development, social dialogue, rights at work, and industrial relations. A background report was prepared by the Office: Automotive industry trends affecting component suppliers.

The meeting was attended by 21 Government representatives as well as ten Worker and ten Employer representatives. Observers attended the Meeting from the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, the International Metalworkers’ Federation, the International Organisation of Employers, the World Confederation of Labour and the World Federation of Trade Unions.

The purpose of the meeting was to exchange views on the above themes and to adopt conclusions that included proposals for action by governments, by employers' and workers' organizations at the national level and by the ILO. The meeting also adopted a report on its discussions, which has been published in the Note on the proceedings.

The conclusions adopted by the meeting highlighted that the level of employment in the automotive industries is of concern in all countries; however, there are various approaches to employment issues and the social partners should be encouraged to seek a negotiated framework to address them.