Geneva – The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba and Director General of Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Mr. Segun Oshinowo were yesterday elected into the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for the next three years.
Members of the Governing Body of ILO were elected after the 330th session was concluded, following a wide-range discussions on basic labour rights in the globe with 187 member countries.
The Governing Body, as the executive body of the ILO with its Office at the secretariat, meets three times a year, in March, June and November. It takes decisions on ILO policy, decides the agenda of the
International Labour Conference, adopts the draft programme and budget of the ILO for submission to the conference, and elects the Director-General.
Comrade Wabba, while addressing international journalist after the election, dedicated his victory to the Nigerian workers and workers around the world.
He said: “My victory will give a voice to the Nigerian workers, pensioners and other workers in the world”.
“Challenges confronting the workers on decent work, occupational safety and the condition of workers will now received more attention in comparison with the wealth that has been created in Nigeria and all other members states of the ILO”, he said
Also Oshinowo, who agreed that employers of labour would use the opportunity to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, called on the organised labour and workers to embrace the spirit of dialogue to
He, however, said: “We need to embrace dialogue to improve conditions for the Nigerian workers who are working but not earning enough to lift themselves and their families out of USD 2 a-day poverty”.
It would be recalled that the Governing Body is composed of 56 titular members of 28 Governments, 14 Employers and 14 Workers, and 66 deputy members of 28 Governments, 19 Employers and 19 Workers.
Ten of the titular government seats are permanently held by States of chief industrial importance of Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The other Government members are elected by the Conference every three years, the last elections were held in June 2014. The Employer and Worker members are elected in their individual capacity.
It would be recalled that the principal aim of the Instrument for the Amendment of the Constitution of the ILO, the 1986 Amendment is to make membership of the Governing Body more representative taking into account the various geographic, economic and social interests of its constituent groups.
Upon its entry into force, the number of regular Governing Body members will increase from 56 to 112; 56 Government, 28 Employer and 28 Worker regular members, and there will be no longer seats guaranteed for the Members of chief industrial importance, or deputy members. Of the 56 seats reserved for governments, 54 will be distributed among four geographic regions – Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe – with a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 15 seats for each region.
Distribution of seats will be weighted by taking into account the number of member States within the region, their total population and their economic activity assessed by appropriate criteria (gross national product or contributions to the budget of the Organisation.
The initial allocation provided for is 13 seats for Africa, 12 for the Americas, and alternately 15 and 14 seats for Asia and Europe. The two remaining seats will rotate, one between Africa and the Americas and the other between Asia and Europe.
Source : Independent
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