Session of the ILO Governing Body

Oct 30, 2017

Bronze sculpture, "Triumph of Labour" at the ILO Enlarge image Bronze sculpture, "Triumph of Labour" at the ILO (© picture-alliance / dpa)

From October 26th to November 9th 2017, the 331st meeting of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation will be held in Geneva. As in the past, Germany will continue to play an active role in the negotiations as one of the ten permanent members.

The German governmental delegation is led by Mrs. Susanne Hoffmann, Head of the Department for European and International Employment and Social Policy within the Federal Ministry.

The 331st meeting of the Governing Body follows the first meeting of the Global Commission on the Future of Work (October 20-22, 2017). This high ranking international expert forum, appointed by the ILO in 2017, and co-chaired by the Swedish Prime Minister and the President of Mauritius, is tasked to examine the key challenges of the  future of work in the 21st century, which plays a decisive role within the ILO’s centenary initiative. Mr. Thorben Albrecht, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, is represented on the German side in the Commission.

The agenda for the meeting of the Body contains a wide range of topics with almost 50 agenda items. The Governing Body will focus in particular on the follow-up to the Resolution on Advancing social justice trough Decent Work. This topic provides a framework for recurring discussions. Another focus of the meeting is on the issues arising from the work of the 106th session (2017) of the International Labour Conference. These include, inter alia, the follow-up to the resolution on employment and decent work for peace and resilience and the follow-up to the second recurrent debate on fundamental principles and rights at work. The follow-up to the resolution on fair and effective labour migration management is also included in this group of issues, which can be explained not least by the enormous increase in the topicality of labour migration issues recently.

Finally, complaints pursuant to Art. 26 of the ILO Constitution against individual Member States will be examined. The Guatemala, Venezuela and Qatar cases of violations of ILO core labour standards are on the agenda. Critical discussions and constructive decisions are expected here.

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