South Africa, 1 October – A call has been made to ensure that the core conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) are ratified and effectively applied and to promote a “comprehensive and effective legal and institutional framework that provides adequate protection for all workers”. Speech by the Director-General of the International Labor Organization, Gilbert F. Houngbo, after the meeting of labor and employment ministers of the BRICS countries, which was held last Friday in Durban, South Africa.
Houngbo stressed the commitment of BRICS member states to strengthening the positive linkages between decent work, productivity growth and job creation.
It was also considered that strengthening labor rights, ensuring universal access to social protection and closing skills gaps in the informal economy could revitalize the virtuous circle between decent work, improved productivity and job-rich economic growth.
He added: “We are talking about respecting, promoting and implementing fundamental principles and rights at work, expanding social protection coverage and promoting comprehensive skills policies that provide appropriate training to the needs of workers in the informal economy.”
Likewise, the ILO Director noted that a larger proportion of workers in BRICS countries have informal employment and that “commitments to provide social protection coverage and close qualification gaps are particularly important to facilitate the economic transition.” .
According to the official account of the International Labor Organization on the social networking site, ensuring everyone’s access to social protection and a minimum basic income; Promoting decent work and closing the skills gap in the informal economy; And creating sustainable companies and innovation.
The document also notes that as a result of technological progress, climate change, demographic changes, changes in investment and trade patterns, as well as mutually reinforcing crises, BRICS member states are committed to reducing informal work by encouraging the transition from informal to informal work. formal economy, expanding social protection coverage, eliminating discrimination in employment and occupation, ensuring adequate and fair wages, and improving job security.
At the same time, “the need to share good practices and respect and defend labor rights to enhance the resilience of our labor markets” was recognized.
On the other hand, BRICS members are committed to reducing the skills gap among informal workers to improve the quality of labor and facilitate their transition into the formal economy; Improving progress towards universal social protection for all by 2030, and indicating the urgent need for policies that promote and improve labor productivity across business sectors.
The declaration emphasizes the establishment of a BRICS productive ecosystem for the Decent Work Platform, with the aim of strengthening cooperation within the BRICS bloc, promoting economic growth and sustainable business, creating productive job opportunities and reducing poverty.
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