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Government Under Fire on International Labour Conference

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Government has come under heavy criticism from the Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU) as well as the Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) for failing to honour its obligation to sponsor two delegates from the two unions to attend the International Labour Conference currently underway in Geneva Switzerland.

MCTU General Secretary Madalitso Njolomole told Zodiak Wednesday that this is despite member states for the Intentional Labour Organisations (ILO) being mandated to sponsor about two  delegates from the social partners to attend the annual labour conference by footing their travel and other subsistence expenses.

“This time around it has only been the government delegation which is attending the conference  contrary to the spirit of tripartism as is advocated by the International Labour Organization,” said Njolomole.

He added that they have written the International Trade Union Conference Secretariat on their concerns for an appropriate action.

However Secretary for labour ,Wezzie Kaira has dismissed the assertions saying government fulfilled all the necessary logistical challenges only that some traveling visas including those for the workers and employers representative were not approved in time by the Swiss embassy in Pretoria.

The 2023 International Labour Conference commenced on the 5th June and is expected to conclude on the 16th June. 

Often called the international parliament of labour, the conference brings together government’s, workers' and employers' delegation from among the International Labour Organizations Member States to discuss and adopt the best international labour practices.

This years International Labour Conference is taking place as globally workers are facing threats of job insecurity threats emanating from deteriorating economy.

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