A high-level Memur-Sen delegation, led by its president, Ali Yalçin, composed of experts and advisers, took part in the 106th International Labor Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 5 to 16 June 2017. This year again, more than 5000 delegates from around the world were present to discuss the main issues in the world of work. From issues of equitable and effective governance of labor migration to the worst forms of child labor, to women's work and fair recruitment processes, the topics of discussion have not failed. The goal is to achieve decent work, in compliance with the International Labor Organization (ILO) standards and conventions.
As the sole "tripartite" agency of the United Nations, the ILO this year brought together over 5,000 delegates, government, employers 'and workers' representatives from 187 Member States to set international standards, develop policies and design programs to promote decent work for all. In addition, the role of the ILO is to monitor the implementation of ratified Conventions at national level in member states.
This year's central topics included promoting peace and stability in post-conflict countries, strengthening the governance of labor migration and ecologic transition in the economy.
These two weeks of discussion enabled the Memur-Sen delegation to take part in the work of the International Labor Conference, joining its efforts to meet the challenges posed by crises, labor migration and the greening of the World economy.
The 106th ILC adopted a new standard of reference, the recommendation on decent work for peace and resilience. A new benchmark standard that provides a single normative framework focusing on work-related measures, preventing conflicts and disasters and responding to their devastating effects on economies and societies, paying particular attention to vulnerable populations, such as children, youth, women and displaced persons. Forced displacements due to economic, geopolitical and catastrophic crises are prominent topics. Millions of workers are thus condemned to vagrancy and precariousness, completely exposed to vicissitudes and intolerances of all natures.
"It is a vital response from the world of work to millions of people affected or displaced by crises or disasters. Not only are we listening to them but we are acting for them, and with them, "ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said in his closing remarks.
In addition, a special committee addressed the issue of labor migration and called on the ILO to play a leading role in promoting decent work in labor migration, including the process which will lead to the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which is expected to be adopted in 2018.
The speakers also debated in committees, fundamental principles and rights to labor, conventions and social justice, which are sine qua non conditions for building a fair world. An opinion shared by Ali Yalçin, who believes that for solid social dialogue "all parties must have a good understanding of the nature and role of each actor, that there must be mutual respect and implementation of the decisions taken together. When we summarize the union to an organization that is simply claiming, it is already a misunderstanding of the trade union organization which, I recall, has essentially four functions: to educate, to take part in the normation, the correct implementation of laws and regulations in order to ensure a decent life for all populations, to ensure representation in decision-making bodies and make proposals for strengthening democracy. The fourth and last function is the function of demand,"explained the president of the Memur-Sen delegation.
With regard to the Committee on the Application of Standards, the latter deals with and examines cases of non-implementation or infringement of ILO Conventions. In this regard, Turkey has been the subject of allegations concerning the failure to comply with ILO Convention No. 135 on the protection of workers' representatives and the ease to be granted to them (entry In force: 30 June 1973). President Yalçin pointed out that, in the present case, these allegations were not fully justified. Indeed, in the context of a particularly bloody coup attempt, enough time must be given to support the recovery process and grant trust in Turkey's long held state and democratic tradition.