ILO meetings news-02
This year ILO has formed 5 different Committees- 1) Committee on Application of Standards; 2) Standard Setting Committee on Apprenticeship;3) General Affairs Committee (Discussing more on Occupational Safety & Health);4) Recurrent Discussion Committee on Employment; 5) Decent Work and the Social and Solidarity Economy. All the 12 Members of the Workers group are divided into 5 groups and actively participate in the discussions.
All the Workers’ Groups of different Committees common meeting was held on 1st June at which all the Chairpersons each group have submitted their discussions/ debates that are going on their respective groups. Workers’ Group Chairperson Mrs Cathelin presided over the Session. All the 12 members of the Indian delegates participated.
Employment Committee-Speech of B. Surendran , BMS: In the Employment Committee of Workers Group Sri B Surendran, Organising Secretary of BMS has an opportunity to present the Indian point of view with regard to Minimum Wages, Investments, the worst conditions of Contractual Workers and the policy framework to be formulated by the national Government. He has insisted Living Wages criteria should not be looked into one individual living pattern Instead “Family” should be considered as the basic Unit, particularly with reference to India and its surrounding countries. This point has generated some interesting debate. The Chairman of the session Mr Dimitrav explained to the floor, that family is not having the same definition and, in all countries, it differs from country to Country. He told the floor that this point has to be considered by the drafting committee. Later, Ms Evelyn Astor, Policy Advisor, Economic and Social Policy of ITUC who was on the dais called and took the details of BMS viewpoints. Mr Sher Verick, Head, Employment Unit, Employment and Labour Market Policies Branch, ILO too discussed the BMS viewpoints on Minimum wages and Investments. Interestingly Mr Sher Verick has worked in India and knows different dimensions of Indian thinking.
Committee on Apprenticeship: In the committee on Apprenticeship there was a new concept named “Traineeship” apart from Apprenticeship. Till now, there is not much clarity on this concept. The Workers expressed their serious concern about this new concept and expressed their apprehension that it may lead to exploitation in new forms. Sri Amit Nirmal, Deputy Director General Employment & Training, Government of India has put forth the Government of India’s efforts and stand on Apprenticeship.
Courtesy Meetings: The BMS team has met 3 different individuals. Mr Ariel B Castro, a senior official of ILO who worked in India for many years and a friend of Trade unions. Smt. Sangita Godbole who took VRS after serving 31 years as Income Tax Officer and studying Masters’ Course in International Affairs met BMS delegates and exchanged her views on international scenarios particularly Fishing subsidies & WTO talks and got feedback on Mahila Samanvaya activities. Sri K Gopa Kumar, a senior functionary of an International NGO who works on Policy matters met our delegates and exchanged views/ suggestions, particularly on Health Sector and measures needed to take the Indian Government’s Welfare Schemes to the Rural masses.