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International Labour Organisation: Decent Work

Volume 704: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they will take to implement the provisions of the International Labour Organisation's Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, adopted at the 97th International Labour Conference in June 2008. [HL5586]

The Government strongly support the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization. Since its adoption in June 2008, the Government have been actively engaged in consultations with the ILO and its constituents on implementation and follow-up and will participate fully in future governing body discussions, where specific actions and related timescales will be developed.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress the United Kingdom has made to implement the International Labour Organisation's decent work agenda. [HL5587]

The Government are confident that labour conditions in the United Kingdom are consistent with the four elements of the International Labour Organisation's decent work agenda. These are: employment opportunities; labour standards; social dialogue; and social protection.

The Government also engage with the ILO to help other member states meet the aims of the decent work agenda and take action where necessary.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they are working with the International Labour Organisation to influence and design the decent work country programme for other International Labour Organisation members; and, if so, what steps they have taken. [HL5588]

The Government influence and support the design and implementation of decent work country programmes (DWCP) through a partnership framework agreement with the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The Government provide funding from April 2006 to March 2009. The agreement specifies particular objectives that the ILO should achieve, while allowing some flexibility on how funds are spent.

The four main objectives are: making a full and successful transition to a DWCP approach; strengthening the results-based management system; ensuring that key areas where the Government's development policy interests overlap with the ILO's comparative advantage are strengthened and fully embedded in the DWCP approach; and the implementation of poverty-focused DWCPs in developing countries.