MINISTER OF LABOUR AND HOME AFFAIRS ADDRESSES 104th SESSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE
The Minister of Labour and Home Affairs Honourable Edwin Jenamiso Batshu says future strategies aimed at the creation of sustainable jobs stand to benefit from the lessons learnt from the recent financial crisis and economic meltdown.
When addressing the 104th Session of the International Labour Conference this morning, Minister Batshu said the weak and uneven recovery of employment and labour markets call for patience and resilience on the part of Governments and the social partners. He said he is optimistic that with guidance from the constituents, the ILO will emerge robust, better focused and more relevant.
Minister Batshu said the world of work forms the basis for the existence of the ILO, as well as its future therefore, it is befitting that the International Labour Organisation (ILO) should mark its 100 years of existence by reflecting on the future of work. The discussion on the future of work centenary initiative presents an opportunity to reflect on opportunities and challenges confronting ILO, and its constituents in the pursuit of more and better jobs.
Minister Batshu endorsed the discussion of the strategic objective of social protection under the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalisation. He said social protection is critical to the world of work, particularly as the emphasis is on labour protection. He emphasised that the discussion of this subject needs to be driven by a conviction that the welfare and well-being of workers is of paramount importance to social and economic development.
The Minister of Labour and Home Affairs said the Programme and Budget and the transitional Strategic Plan for 2016-17 propose ten policy outcomes through which the ILO will organise its work to provide quality services to the constituents. He said it is worth noting that among the policy outcomes to be achieved during the period relate to promoting sustainable enterprises and employment, with particular emphasis on youth employment.
Minister Batshu said these are important issues requiring immediate attention, especially at a time when youth unemployment is out of control in most countries.