Friday, March 07, 2008

Burma: Forced labour on UN agenda

Forced labour in Myanmar, freedom of association and discrimination against migrant workers are among the issues to be addressed at the policy meeting of the United Nation’s labour organization that opens today in Geneva.

The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO) meets three times a year in March, June and November, and takes decisions on policy, budget and the agenda of its International Labour Conference.

The meeting scheduled from 6-20 March is expected to discuss action against forced labour in Myanmar in the light of a recent ILO mission to the country, among other issues.

It will also review progress in countries which have not yet ratified all fundamental Conventions on freedom of association and collective bargaining, forced and child labour and discrimination.

On 17 March, Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank, will address the Working Party on the Social Dimension of Globalization, speaking on the topic, “The Challenge of Making Globalization Inclusive.”

Source: United Nations News Centre