On the occasion of the 108th International Labour Conference (Geneva, 10th – 21st June 2019), two Breakfast Meetings were organized by the International Catholic Center of Geneva (CCIG) and the German Commission for Justice and Peace/Kolping International on “Informal Work along Global Value Chains” (June 14) and “Social Dialogue as a Public Good” (June 17, 2019), with the support of the World Council of Churches. The main objectives were to present the results of workshops held in the last years as a contribution to the debate around the report of the Global Commission on Future of Work; to create a space for dialogue and exchange with Member States’ Representatives; and to help in identifying advocacy priorities for future engagements at the ILC.
Representatives from various NGOs and trade unions gathered on both days. These include the International Coordination of Young Christians Workers (ICYCW), International Young Christian Workers (IYCW), World Movement of Christian Workers (WMCW), Migrant Forum Asia (MFA), World Solidarity Movement (WSM), International Movement of Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth (MIJARC), Pax Romana, International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), Caritas Internationalis, StreetNet International and Women in Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO). Representatives from the Permanent Missions of Belgium, Germany and Spain attended the meeting on June 17.
The discussion and exchange highlighted the ongoing challenges faced by domestic workers, youth, migrants, digital platform workers, women and workers in the agricultural and informal sector. Good practices on the betterment of workers’ rights along local, national, regional and international advocacy were also shared.
In conclusion, the meetings proved to be complementary in conjunction with the ongoing ILC activities. Concretely, the dialogue and exchange of current realities and potential courses of action are hoped to have improved and enriched each of the respective organizations’ strategies in their own advocacy for Decent Work and the Future of Work.
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