INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE IN GENEVA (14/06/2012)
The 101st annual session of the International Labour Conference took place in Geneva between the 30th May and 14th June 2012. Almost 5000 delegates from ILO's 185 member states and from regional organizations attended. Each delegation has a tripartite composition, formed by governmental delegates as well as representatives from the employers and from the workers.
The main issues for this year's conference were the adoption of a Recommendation on Social Protection floors, a call for action to address the youth employment crisis, the review of the application of core labour standards and a framework for action to promote fundamental principles and rights at work. The conference also reviewed the progress on the elimination of forced labour in Myanmar and lifted its restrictions on the full participation of Myanmar in its activities.
It was the last Conference for out-going Director-General Juan Somavia. He will be followed in office by recently elected Guy Ryder, presently ILO executive Director for Standards and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Mr. Ryder will hold this position for five years, starting in October 2012.