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ILO success for Swaziland she misses special paragraph bullet

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Two years ago Swaziland was put under the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Special Paragraph at the International Labour Conference (ILC) after the country failed to meet certain requirements.

Two years ago Swaziland was put under the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Special Paragraph at the International Labour Conference (ILC) after the country failed to meet certain requirements.

However, this year Swaziland excelled and received a number of top positions.

First, it was the Minister of Labour and Social Security Winnie Magagula who was elected a deputy member of ILO’s governing body and then Federation of Swaziland Employers and Chamber of Commerce (FSE & CC) Chief Executive Officer Bonisiwe Thando and FSE & CC President Andrew Le Roux. 

Thando said this year’s International Labour Conference was a great success for Swaziland as they did not only miss the special paragraph bullet but also bagged prestigious positions in different bodies of ILO. 

She said on top of the minister’s prestigious appointment, she was also elected as a substitute member of the governing body of ILO and Le Roux was elected Second Vice President of Business Africa which is supported by the International Organisation of Employers.

She said one of the highlights from the employers’ session was the issue of labour migration in the different countries. 

“We were made to understand labour migration in a way that we did not, it is not just about the issue of skills that the people possess, but it is also about the enhancement of the economy. ILO supported the move that as employers we are supposed to be consulted on labour migration policies.

Standards 

 On the other hand, the president partook in sessions where they were discussing about adherence to labour standards and fortunately this year Swaziland was not put under the special paragraph,” said Thando.

Thando said these positions were a good indication that Swaziland is on the right track towards adhering to ILO’s labour requirements.  She said all that is left is for the country to iron out a few nitty-gritties. “One of the problems that arose about the country during our sessions was that the country does not submit its reports to ILO on time. 

Reports

As we will continue meeting with the ministry, we will try to push for them to submit the required reports on time from now onwards,” she said.

She further highlighted that one other issue that needs to be addressed is that of representation from the Geneva delegation that is chosen and paid for by government. She however did not dwell much on the issue and said it was to be properly addressed with the ministry of labour and social security.

The Federation of Swaziland Trade Union’s Secretary General Phendulile Zikalala said as a representative of workers they were happy about the achievement of the country in this year’s ILC. 

She however did not divulge much as she said she was still to report on the outcomes to her constituency. 

 

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