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12.06.2014-foto1Caption 1: 103rd Session of the International Labor Conference

In the period from 28 May to 12 June 2014 in Geneva the 103rd session of the International Labor Conference was held. The session was attended by delegations from 185 ILO member countries.

The conference reviewed a wide range of issues, including labor migration, employment strategies, ways to strengthen ILO Convention no. 29 for forced labor etc.

In this direction The International Labor Organization (ILO) has adopted a new legally binding Protocol designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate forced labor.

The Protocol, supported by a Recommendation, was adopted by government, employer and worker delegates to the International Labor Conference (ILC) with 437 votes for 27 abstentions and 8 against.

The new Protocol brings the existing ILO Convention 29 on Forced Labor, adopted in 1930, into the modern era to address practices such as human trafficking. The accompanying Recommendation provides technical guidance on its implementation.

“The Protocol and Recommendation mark a major step forward in the fight against forced labor and represent a firm commitment among governments, employer and worker organizations to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery,” Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General said.

“Forced labor violates the human rights and dignity of millions of women and men, girls and boys. It contributes to the perpetuation of poverty and stands in the way of the achievement of decent work for all,” he added.

The Protocol strengthens the international legal framework by creating new obligations to prevent forced labor, to protect victims and to provide access to remedy, such as compensation for material and physical harm.
It requires governments to take measures to better protect workers, in particular migrant laborers, from fraudulent and abusive recruitment practices and emphasizes the role of employers and workers in the fight against forced labor.

Government, employer and worker Committee members emphasized the vital role played by the Forced Labor Convention, 1930 (No. 29), and the Abolition of Forced Labor Convention, 1957 (No. 105) but concluded that gaps in their implementation called for additional measures.

The tripartite delegation from Republic Macedonia that attended the session in the period from 9-11 June 2014 has voted for the adopted documents.

On the Conference the Text of the recommendation on supplementary measures for the effective suppression of forced labor was also adopted.

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