MINISTER BATSHU ATTENDS ARLAC MEETING
The Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Honourable Edwin Jenamiso Batshu, accompanied by officers from the Ministry Labour and Home Affairs attended the African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) Governing Council meeting in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from the 17th to the 20th February 2015.
ARLAC was jointly formed by the ILO and UNDP in 1974 as a project for the development and promotion of public administration activities in the area of national labour policy in the member countries. Its mandate of is to strengthen labour administration systems in English speaking African countries through training, research, consultancy and advisory services. In pursuit of this mandate the organization provides;
· Training at all levels of labour administration;
· Consultancy and advisory services directed towards labour administration;
· Studies and research in all aspects of labour administration;
· Information services and produces training materials.
Botswana delegation made a presentation on some of the national labour protection measures for sustainable development in both Public and Private sector. The presentation highlighted regulations concerning conditions of employment such as workers’ compensation, maternity protection and severance pay. Reference was also made to national legislation, policies, and programmes on labour administration. Botswana delegation also informed the meeting that the country had ratified 15 International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions in order to enhance protection of workers. These conventions include:
· Equality of Treatment (Compensation for Injuries at Work), 1952 (No.19))
· Protection of Wages Convention, 1949 (No. 95)
· Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951 (No. 100)
· Discrimination (Employment & Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111)
· Protection of Workers’ Claims (Employer’s Insolvency) Convention, 1922 (No. 173)
· Labour Relations (Public Service) Convention, 1978 (No. 151)
· Safety and Health in Mines Convention, 1995 (No. 176)
The ARLAC Governing Council acknowledged that unemployment, particularly youth unemployment, remained a major challenge facing member countries. The Council resolved to make employment creation a priority for ARLAC.