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Successful ILO Core Conventions Working Group Meeting

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

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The working group tasked with developing generic criteria and indicators for compliance with the International Labour Organization (ILO) Core Conventions met for the second time in Bonn, Germany on 12–14 April 2016.

On the first day of the two-and-half-day meeting, the members reviewed and refined the work previously done on the abolition of child labour (Conventions 138 and 182), prohibition of forced labour (Conventions 29 and 105), and elimination of discrimination (Conventions 100 and 111).

The rest of the meeting focused on developing a set of criteria and indicators on freedom of association (Convention 87) and collective bargaining (Convention 98).

“With members of the working group representing all chambers, we successfully developed the entire package report for the generic criteria, indicators, and even verifiers – particularly for the most fundamental conventions, 87 and 98,” said Apolinar Tolentino, the social North subchamber representative. “The whole team, with the support of FSC secretariat, has demonstrated tremendous commitment to see it through, and we’re all proud both of the outcome and the dynamic process that produced it.”

“I was glad to be a part of a healthy, respectful, and productive team of people to propose criteria and indicators on the Core Conventions 87 and 98,” said Paige Goff, the economic North subchamber representative on the WG. “It was important to hear the various perspectives as well as understanding the global impacts of these conventions.”

A revised report will be drafted, based on the results of the WG meeting. This will form the basis of a discussion between the WG and the established consultative forum before the start of the public consultation process, which is planned for early June.

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Those who wish to join the consultative forum are invited to send their contact details (email address) to Dorothee Jung (d.jung@fsc.org), copied to Paul Opanga (p.opanga@fsc.org) who is coordinating this process.

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