Algeria will participate in the 109th session of the International Labor Conference, starting on the 3rd of next June

Algeria will participate in the proceedings of the 109th session of the International Labor Organization, which will be held via videoconference from 03 to 19 June, according to a statement issued today by the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security.

Government representatives, employers and workers of 187 member states of the organization will attend this international conference and many technical issues will be discussed, especially those related to the effects of Covid-19 on the labor world and the implementation of the organization’s strategy to promote decent work.” The statement adds.

In preparation for Algeria’s participation in the proceedings of this session, the Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Security, Hachemi Djaaboub, chaired, today, Thursday, at the Ministry’s headquarters, a tripartite coordination meeting (government-union-employers) aimed at “strengthening coordination, consultation and unifying visions,” according to the ministry’s statement.

The same source added that this coordination meeting was attended by the Secretary General of the General Union of Algerian Workers and the President of the General Confederation of Algerian Enterprises, in addition to representatives of the National Autonomous Union of Public Administration Employees, the General Union of General Contractors, the National Confederation of Algerian Employers and the General Confederation of Employers for the Construction, Public Works and Irrigation Sector.

In a speech delivered on the occasion, Mr. Djaaboub explained that “Algeria this year is not part of the preliminary list issued by the International Labor Organization that includes countries that could be questioned by the Standards Implementation Committee.”

He added that “the absence of Algeria’s name from this list for the first time since 2017 is due to the progress made by our country in the application of international labor standards, especially regarding the implementation of the International Convention No. 87 related to freedom of union and the protection of the right to union,” noting “the efforts made by the organizations of workers and employers unions in keeping Algeria outside the list of preliminary notes for individual cases prepared annually by the Committee for the Application of the aforementioned standards.

Mr. Jaaboub affirmed that “Algeria is ready to put its expertise and pioneering experience in the field of social security within the reach of African countries in order to consolidate the foundations of a sustainable social protection model,”, noting that “Algeria will present a statement on behalf of the African group on social protection.”

The statement concluded that, on the sidelines of this session, there will be discussion of the report of the Director General of the International Labor Organization on the situation of Palestinian workers in the occupied Arab territories in a context marked by international condemnation of the arbitrary measures and the abuses practiced by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian workers and people.

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