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ILO - GB341 - EU Statement:Reply of the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the report of the Commission of Inquiry

Geneva, 26/03/2021 - 16:29, UNIQUE ID: 210326_14
Statements on behalf of the EU

341st session of the ILO Governing Body, 15–27 March 2021 - EU Statement: Reply of the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the report of the Commission of Inquiry appointed to consider the complaint alleging the non-observance of the Minimum Wage-Fixing Machinery Convention, 1928 (No. 26), the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87), and the Tripartite Consultation (International Labour Standards) Convention, 1976 (No. 144) , GB.341/INS/10‎ ‎‎

Thank you, Chairperson.

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

The Candidate Countries Montenegro*[1] and Albania*, align themselves with this statement.

 

  1. We note once again with immense disappointment that the replies of Venezuela presented in the GB document and during the discussion on Saturday signal an unwillingness to accept the conclusions and recommendations outlined in the Commission of Inquiry.
  2. We recall the conclusions of the Commission of Inquiry’s report, which identified issues of serious concern, and support all the recommendations identified therein.
  3. We strongly urge Venezuela to work with the Office to accept the conclusions and implement the recommendations set out in the Commission of Inquiry Report and take concrete actions and engage in more robust efforts to encourage and sustain inclusive and effective tripartite social dialogue.
  4. We would like to once again stress the ILO’s supervisory system and importance of the work of the Committee of Experts. It plays a pivotal role in the ILO standard related work to develop, promote and supervise international labour standards, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. Having in mind also the urgency and importance of this discussion, we submitted the sub‑amendment as the group of countries, which among other things urges Venezuela to establish and convene, by May 2021, a social dialogue forum, as well as requests to the Director General to present an interim report on the progress made on the implementation of the recommendations in May. It also acknowledges the possibility of a resolution at the 109th International Labour Conference on the developments if there is a continued lack of progress on the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry.
  6. We are ready to engage with all constituents in finding the best way forward.

Thank you, Chair.

 

*Montenegro and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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