SA participates in 334th ILO session

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant is leading a South African delegation to the 334th Session of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Governing Body underway in Geneva.

The session kicks off this morning until the 8th of November.

South Africa is expected to participate and add input to several key issues of importance to Africa such as the decent work deficits in the tobacco sector, update from the Governing Body and ILO Director-General on issues relating to the review of the post adjustment system by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC).

Others include the way forward on the process to reform the United Nations, evaluation of decent work country programmes and a follow-up to the strategy for indigenous people’s rights for inclusive and sustainable development.

“South Africa is looking forward to an insightful update on the key issues mentioned but, of critical importance is the Tobacco issue and the immediate impact it will have on the livelihoods of the African countries affected. This is so as there is no clearly defined path to ameliorate the impact,” the department’s Director-General Thobile Lamati said on Wednesday.

He adds that critically to the tobacco issue, will also be its impact in the sovereignty of the ILO governing body in decision making.

Also expected on the agenda is South Africa’s position and implementation step to the ratification progress on the ILO Convention 169, which seeks to address the challenges faced by indigenous people globally.

South Africa is one of the countries that have not yet ratified the convention. -