Mobilising for Social Justice in the Middle East at the ILO conference

From 30 May until 3 June 2016, SOLIDAR will attend the 105th edition of the International Labour Conference in Geneva. This year, on the agenda of the different Committees there will be a discussion on Decent Work in the Global Supply Chain, on the revision of ILO Recommendation 71 “Employment and Decent Work for the Transition from War to Peace”, and the review of the impact of the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for Fair Globalisation.

Also during the conference, Jordan and Lebanon are among the shortlisted countries that might come under scrutiny in the Committee on the Application of Standards, respectively regarding ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, and ILO Convention 81 on Labour Inspection.

In light of SOLIDAR’s ongoing regional programme in the Middle East and North Africa, to promote freedom of association, decent work and social protection and mobilising for social justice, SOLIDAR will attend the meetings of the different committees with partners from Jordan and Lebanon to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges related to decent work and social protection.

From Lebanon, the organisation Labour Watch will focus on the issue of the informal economy, and the extension of social protection coverage to informal workers.
From Jordan, the organisation Tamkeen, will focus on child labour among Syrian refugees and access to socio- economic rights and social protection for migrant domestic workers. The Phenix Center for Economic and Informatics Studies, will highlight the ongoing existing limitations to freedom of association and peaceful assembly especially for the independent trade unions in Jordan.

As part of the SOLIDAR regional programme, Tamkeen and Phenix Center have also recently launched the 2015 Social Protection Monitoring Report on Jordan with key policy recommendations for the EU on how to promote a rights-based approach to social protection within EU bilateral cooperation with Jordan in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).

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