ENP up close | No. 21 | SOLIDAR mobilising for social justice at the International Labour Conference 2016

From 30 May until 3 June 2016, SOLIDAR will attend the 105th session of the International Labour Conference (ILC), in Geneva.

In the framework of the SOLIDAR regional EU-funded programme in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on Freedom of Association, Decent Work and Social Protection, SOLIDAR is attending the ILC with a delegation of civil society representatives from Jordan and Lebanon to follow the discussions in the Committees on the Application of Standards (CAS) as well as the one on Decent Work for Peace.

This year, in addition to the shortlisted cases on the violations of ILO Conventions, the work of the CAS will focus on decent work and labour migration, by addressing the Migration for Employment Convention (Revised), 1949 (No. 97), the Migration for Employment Recommendations (Revised), 1949 (No. 86), the Migrant Workers (supplementary provisions) Convention, 1975 (No. 143) and the Migrant Workers Recommendation, 1975 (No. 151), as part of the 2016 Committee of Experts’ 2016 General Survey.

SOLIDAR will be following the discussion with Linda AlKalash, the Director of Tamkeen Fields for Aid in Jordan, Ahmad Awad, the Director of the Phenix Center for Economics and Informatics Center in Jordan and Ahmad Dirani, Coordinator of the Lebanese observatory of workers and employees rights and voice civil society concerns on child labour, migrant workers and migrant domestic workers’ rights in Jordan and Lebanon.

SOLIDAR and its partners in Lebanon and Jordan have provided input in the current definition of Partnership Priorities with Jordan and Lebanon as part of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) implementation, and the annexed ‘compact’. In this context, SOLIDAR calls upon the European Union’s delegation to the ILC to put pressure on the Jordanian and Lebanese Governments to address the ongoing challenges related to Syrian child labour, migrant workers and migrant domestic workers in Lebanon and Jordan by:

  • Ratifying and fully implement the Migration for Employment Convention (Revised), 1949 (No. 97), the Migrant Workers (Supplementary Provisions) Convention, 1975 (No. 143), and the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189);
  • Ratifying the ILO Forced Labour Protocol N° 29 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No.29);
  • Abolishing the kafala (sponsorship) system so that workers’ visas are no longer tied to individual employers and they can terminate employment without the written consent of their sponsor, especially for cases of physical abuse;
  • Ratifying the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees and the associated 1967 protocol;
  • Establishing a legal mechanism to ensure the protection of refugees and asylum seekers and continue to provide access of Syrian refugees on the basis of the principle of non-refoulement.

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