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14 September 2021
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South Africa formally submits the candidacy of the SADC and African Union endorsed Prof Mthunzi Mdwaba as next International Labour Organisation Director General
14 September 2021
South Africa today formally nominated and lodged papers for Professor Mthunzi Perry-Mason Mdwaba to run as the next Director General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
H.E. Ambassador Mxolisi Nkosi lodged the papers nominating the Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the University of Western Cape as the next ILO supremo endorsed by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tripartite and also by the African Union (AU).
The election of the new DG will be held in March 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Professor Mdwaba has expressed his commitment to the ILO ideals of decent work and dignity and to strengthening tripartism.
“It is my expressed desire to contribute to building an ILO that systematically demonstrates it cares for all its staff and constituents, and works to effectively deliver on commitments to ensure the dignity of everyone engaged in the world of work,” said Professor Mdwaba.
“Over my years of service at the ILO, I have become fiercely committed to addressing issues of social injustice at a global level. I firmly believe that the ILO, and multilateralism in general, have a profound role to play in ending injustices and ensuring the dignity of all people. My campaign for the ILO DG position will focus on my commitment to renew the organisation and re-position it by consolidating and enhancing all that it has achieved over the years to serve all constituencies in a balanced way, based on three pillars: Change, Social Justice and Impact”.
The election of the new DG comes just over two years after the ILO celebrated its Centenary in 2019. Recognising the drastically different context in which we live today, the ILO’s 187 Member States, together with their global social partners, adopted the Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work.
This historic Declaration seeks to promote a human-centred approach to the Future of Work. Professor Mdwaba is therefore fully aligned with the ambitions and objectives of the Declaration, and all Member States subsequently confirmed its relevance as part of a comprehensive Covid-19 response in the most recent International Labour Conference, June 2021.
He firmly believes he is the right person to lead the ILO at a time when the future is becoming more uncertain, especially as it relates to; increasing gender inclusivity, youth unemployment, inequalities, rising informality, a more complex health and safety environment at work, decent work deficits and weakened multilateralism.
The Covid-19 pandemic has further exacerbated these worrisome trends, with increasing mental health issues also now a major concern.
As a candidate who is passionate about social dialogue and tripartism, and with the requisite set of skills, experience, knowledge and competence, Professor Mdwaba has the understanding and tripartite multi-constituency sensitivity to lead the ILO to become a global reference on future of work issues and provide international thought leadership to re-shape the world of work.
Professor Mdwaba is an accomplished businessman, organised business activist, academic and thought leader who is well-grounded in the ILO and its tripartite culture after representing the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) at the highest governance levels with distinction.
Over the years, he has been a generous contributor to global social dialogue and global governance as an ex-officio member of the Global Commission on the Future of Work; employer spokesman for the programme, finance and administration; past chairman of the employers at the ILO Turin International Training Centre; member of the B20 task force on employment and education(and co-chair at the G20 Germany as well as the G20 Italy); and chairman of the Business Human Rights and Responsible Business Conduct Policy Working Group of the IOE. In addition, he participated in various collaborative tripartite initiatives within the ILO and beyond.
To ensure a truly humane, inclusive, consultative, fair and equitable globalisation that provides equal access to opportunities, Professor Mdwaba promises to:
Strive to strengthen the governance of the ILO, an updated, robust and realistic body of the International Labour Standards that promotes the sustainability of enterprises. These must be aligned to existing realities as well as anticipating new employment realities that open up to previously unrecognised diverse forms of work and ensuring that these are reclassified to ensure inclusivity, impact and social justice. Enabling dignity for all is a critical part of this. Some are referring to this as a “third way”. Professor Mdwaba will align with this in looking for a new way of restructuring the world of work via social dialogue.
Acknowledging the fact that the ILO’s focus is the world of work, he argues that it must nevertheless, be seen to be in touch with, and influence issues of trade, gender, race, development and business human rights and responsible business conduct, etc.
At international level, the ILO is the only United Nations specialised agency that is tripartite in nature, i.e. consisting of the representatives from government, business and labour. The organisation works together with the social partners in promoting social justice and internationally recognised human and labour rights as it pursues its founding mission that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace. South Africa is a member of the ILO and actively participates in all structures, meetings and activities. The country has ratified twenty-seven labour conventions, including the eight fundamental conventions. /Ends
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14 Sep 2021
One ton of soap for Palestine was delivered in the WFTU central Offices, today, from the Panhellenic Union of Soap Makers – member of PAME in Greece.
The President of the Union Nikos Ksourafis and the cashier George Drettas sent their internationalism and solidarity to the heroic Palestinian people and underlined that they will gather more aid for the same cause.
On behalf of the World Federation of Trade Unions we thank them.
14 September 2021
The ITUC is supporting a call by the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) for early parliamentary elections to break a democratic paralysis.
UGTT Secretary General Noureddine Taboubi has called for a national vote to bring in a new legislature to provoke a debate about the political system that could lead to a referendum, if needed, on political reform.
In July, the Tunisian president, Kais Saied, suspended Parliament, sacked the prime minister and assumed executive power. He is yet to appoint a new prime minister or announce a road map out of the crisis.
ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said: “The UGTT demand is reasonable and essential to begin the process of restoring Tunisian democracy.
“All the groups involved need to sit down and agree on the next steps for Tunisia, but that cannot happen until this current impasse is solved through early elections.”
13 September, 2021
Multinational DOW intends to close its only plant producing polyurethane in Argentina by May 2022. The shutdown will lead to the loss of 120 jobs at the factory and hundreds more indirectly.
Once the plant in Puerto General San Martín, Argentina, is closed, DOW will supply the whole of South America from its factory in Brazil. The multinational says that the decision has nothing to do with the economic crisis – the factory is a success, turns a profit and plays a key role in the country's economy. The firm's move is part of a global restructuring affecting factories in other countries as well.
After the shutdown was announced, the San Lorenzo General Workers’ Union (CGT) expressed its support for the SOEPU union of petrochemicals workers at DOW and said that it was ready to take action. The unions are calling for a dialogue in order to find a solution and intend to exhaust all possible avenues for negotiation.
"The CGT stands ready to help the union and is prepared to take any regional measures necessary,"
said Jesús Monzón, CGT's general secretary.
DOW has been reluctant to negotiate and intends to lay off the workers and shut down the factory. It would appear that DOW wants to maintain its monopoly and control over prices and is not prepared to negotiate with a potential competitor.
After a press conference at the San Lorenzo CGT headquarters, Mauricio Brizuela, SOEPU's secretary general, said:
"We want the plant will be declared a public utility, and we will keep campaigning if DOW doesn’t come up with a solution."
The workers want to keep their jobs and are calling for other companies to take over the running of the factory. Several companies have come forward and said that they would like to keep the factory running, like Petroquímica Río Tercero, part of the Piero Group producing related products. Some mattress producers have also shown interest.
Tom Grinter, director of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, and rubber industries at IndustriALL, said:
"The SOEPU union at DOW is a key component of the international network of DOW and Du Pont unions. The network, which is run by USW, has the full support of IndustriALL Global Union. We stand firmly with our friends as they fight to keep the factory open."
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