BMS delegation at ILO day 03 (3-6-22)

BMS delegation at ILO day 03 (3-6-22)

All the committees have started actively functioning and serious discussions are going on in almost all committees. An interesting debate is going on with regard to the preamble of the document in the Social and Solidarity Economy committee (SSE). Very heated arguments are going on in Committee on OSH and Committee on Apprenticeship. In Apprenticeship Committee – all the three groups are stuck on their own arguments. Some issues have been raised regarding Pre-Apprenticeship training and Post Apprenticeship training and Lifelong learning. In the Committee on General Affairs which is dealing with Occupational Safety and Health, there is a tussle between Employers and Employees, particularly on Convention 155 and Convention 187.   Committee on SSE: In this committee, Sri Binoy Kumar Sinha, BMS has expressed his concerns about using the word- “Spiritual development”. He felt that, in India, the so-called progressive and left-liberals will misquote the word Spiritual and equate it with the word “communal” keeping Religious Minorities like Muslims and Christians in their mind and giving a wrong picture. So, objected and suggested either deleting the word or replacing it with a suitable one.   Committee on Employment: In this Committee, there were discussions on Productivity Linkage with Wages. The Employers Group strongly advocates for this issue. They feel that the wages to be linked with Production, if productivity reduces, the Wages should also be reduced. Sri B. Surendran, BMS India has vehemently opposed this proposal. He suggested the floor not accept this point. The mindset of Employers is different. Many times, the Employers will not show the real figure of production. It is our experience in India, that even after increasing the production the Bonus and incentives were not increased. This experience is not limited only to Private Enterprises but also to Public Sector Enterprises and Government Enterprises also. India’s proposal has been supported by Denmark, Lebanon, Norway, the Netherlands, Bahamas. The Chairman of the session told that this is a big issue which has been faced for the last twenty years. Collective Bargaining and Struggles by Trade Union will only bring results.   Visiting the new building of the UN Office: Sri Karthik Raghavan, is the IT Head of the UN Office and hails from Tamil Nadu. He took BMS delegates to the newly constructed gigantic new building of the UN Office. It’s a Six-floor building with all modern facilities. It’s worth seeing buildings with the best Architectural models. We met Sri Raja Mani, the Finance Manager of the UN Office and also a man who is the witness of construction work starting from its first stone to till this day. He explained the different departments and functioning of various systems. Sri Raja Mani is also a family friend of Late V Narasimhan, President of the Indian Association. Sri Surendran talked with Smt.Kamala Narasimhan is staying far away from Geneva and is also sick due to a breathing problem. Smt Kamala expressed her gratitude for enquiring about her health and showing courtesy.   Meeting with Mr. Ariel Castro, ACTRAV Official at ILO Office: BMS delegation met Mr. Ariel at his office and discussed the Labour Scenario in India, moves of the Government of India and the response of Central Trade Unions. We have also discussed the E-Academy project and the Workers’ Information and Support Centre (WISC) Project of BMS which have started with the assistance of ILO.  

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