CCIWA chief executive Deidre Willmott and Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive James Pearson represented Australian employers at the 106th International Labour Conference in Geneva last week.
As Australia’s largest most representative employer organisation, the Australian Chamber joined the Australian Government and the Australian Council of Trade Unions at the annual tripartite discussions of the International Labour Organisation, the ILO.
The role of the ILC is to make and supervise the ILO’s conventions and recommendations. The ILO was formed as part of the League of Nations in 1919 and was reconstituted as an organisation of the United Nations in 1944.
Australia has been a member since 1919 and has ratified 58 of the ILO’s conventions and seven of its eight fundamental conventions.
“Our major goal at the conference was to secure a seat on the ILO governing body for the first time since Peter Anderson was last elected in 2011,” Willmott said.
“The governing body is key because it drafts the ILO’s budget and determines what comes onto the International Labour Conference agenda.
“This goal was achieved when ACCI’s Scott Barklamb was elected by the employers’ electoral college as an employer delegate for the ILO’s Asian region to the governing body for the 2017-20 triennium.”
Willmott said the other goal was for Pearson to be appointed to the IOE’s management board, which was also achieved.
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