International Labor Organization Conference
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
May 28, 2008 (CUOPM)
A tripartite delegation from the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is among 3,000 government, worker and employer leaders in Geneva, Switzerland for the annual Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The 28 May to 13 June meeting to discuss a wide range of issues including rural poverty reduction, the latest developments in labour rights and enhancing skills development.
This year, the Caribbean will be represented by tripartite delegations of eight CARICOM countries – Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Representatives of two non-metropolitan territories, Bermuda and the Netherlands Antilles, which are also covered by the ILO Sub regional Office for the Caribbean, will be members of the delegations of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
The tripartite delegation from the Federation is comprised of St. Kitts and Nevis High Commissioner to London, His Excellency Mr. James Williams; St. Kitts and Nevis Commissioner of Labour, Mr. Spencer Amory; President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour Union, Mr. Clifford Thomas; Executive Director of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Ms. Wendy Phipps and St. Kitts and Nevis Honorary Consul in Geneva, Mr. Steven Goldstein.
The annual meeting of the ILO will also consider strategic challenges in terms of obtaining decent work, as well as host a high-level panel discussion on 11 June on “Tackling the Food Crisis through investment, production and decent work.”
ILO Director-General Juan Somavia will provide delegates with an overview of ILO issues and concerns in an address on 9 June. The Director-General will present a new report on “Decent Work ““ Some Strategic Challenges Ahead” that examines the role of the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda in promoting balance and equity in a world at an
economic, financial, social and environmental crossroads.
Among other special events, the plenary will mark the World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June under the theme “Education, the right response to child labour.”