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Sunday, 04 July 2010 22:30

International Labour Organisation

The ILO is the only 'tripartite' United Nations agency in that it brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes. The ILO is the global body responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. Working with member states, the ILO seeks to ensure that labour standards are respected in practice as well as principle.

SACTWU General Secretary, Ebrahim Patel was elected as a member of the ILO Governing Body for a three-year period from June 2005 to June 2008. He has acted as global spokesperson for organised labour on employment and social policy. At the ILO Labour Conference in June 2006 Ebrahim led the discussions on the scope of the employment relationship. An ILO legal instrument in the form of a Recommendation was adopted.

The adoption of the Recommendation on the Employment Relationship is particularly noteworthy. Since the early 1980s, there has been a systematic attack on the employment relationship, with increased casualisation, the use of contract labour to bypass the obligations that flow from the employment relationship and attempts to weaken labour market regulation and protections. The Recommendation marks a global consensus on the need to strengthen and defend the employment relationship.

ILO's webpage.