Delegation of the European Union to the State of Kuwait and the State of Qatar

ILC 109 - Committee on Application of Standards - Bolivia - Minimum Wage Fixing Convention, 1970 (No. 131)

Geneva, 16/06/2021 - 16:16, UNIQUE ID: 210616_22
Statements on behalf of the EU

Thank you, Chair.

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The Candidate Country Montenegro*[1], the EFTA country Norway, member of the European Economic Area, as well as Georgia align themselves with this statement.

The EU and its Member States attach great importance to human rights, including labour rights, and recognize the important role played by the ILO in developing, promoting and supervising international labour standards.

We firmly believe that compliance with ILO Conventions is essential for social and economic stability in any country and that an environment conducive to dialogue and trust between employers, workers and governments contributes to the creation of a basis for solid and sustainable growth and inclusive societies.

The EU and its Member States also remain committed to sustainable development and good governance. In this context, we have granted Bolivia preferential access to the EU market Generalised Scheme of Preferences + (GSP+). It is specifically premised upon the ratification and effective implementation of the ILO fundamental Conventions and on good cooperation with the ILO on these issues.

While the EU is encouraged by its recent positive exchanges with Bolivia, we note that no Government’s report has yet been received in response to the Committee conclusions from 2018 and 2019 on ILO Convention 131. To our knowledge, also no follow-up measures have been implemented.

The Committee’s invitation to the Government to accept a direct contacts mission to the country may, in our view, help in finding a solution to the difficulties faced in the application of the Convention. Recalling that these missions constitute an effective form of dialogue designed to find a positive outcome to the issues in question, the EU and its Member States join the Committee’s firm expression of hope that the Government will welcome a direct mission in the near future.

We stand ready to support the Government in its effective engagement with the ILO in implementing and enforcing labour standards and organizing meaningful tripartite consultations.

The EU and its Member States will continue to support the Government of Bolivia in this endeavour.

Thank you Chair.

 

[1] * Montenegro continues to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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