August 3, 2021

The ILO examines the "serious" employment situation in Venezuela

The ILO examines the "serious" employment situation in Venezuela



Venezuela is at the center of the attention of the International Labor Organization (ILO), which is examining the "serious" situation with a commission after receiving business complaints, informed today the director general of the institution, Guy Ryder.

The highest representative of the ILO said at a press conference in the capital of Panama that "they are waiting for a response from the Venezuelan government, to which we have asked for their collaboration" in order to make a visit and issue a report in December.

"The commission for Venezuela is the twelve survey, is not something that happens every day, the last was ten years ago, is established because there are serious problems, a concern about fulfilling the signed agreements and is the result of a complaint from the sector employer, is unusual, "he said.

Ryder said they know of cases of intimidation or harassment, and the request for collaboration to the government of Nicolás Maduro is to conduct a visit "whose objective is not to condemn, punish, but to seek solutions, open spaces for dialogue with a view to full respect for the ratified Conventions.

"It's not an easy thing, but with good will, with the effort you get positive results," he added.

On the other hand, he also said that the migration of millions of Venezuelans is worrying because "it impacts the labor situation" in the countries of destination, and the aim is to seek that this does not "deteriorate the working conditions" of the nationals of the host countries.

He said that this migratory movement coincides with the transformations in the forms of contracting in the world, and the idea is that this phenomenon does not ignore that work "is not a commodity", it is a question that is accompanied "with social guarantees" so that "you have to be very cautious".

"What we have to do is make sure that the work is going to be in accordance with the minimum conditions of decent work, which is partial or temporary, loses a lot, there is no equality of wages, or access to social protection," he said.

"We have done little to regulate the mobility of people, in Venezuela, the movement of millions will generate an impact that will be important, people will work illegally, informally with all the consequences," he warned.

He said the reference is the conflict in Syria, where there was in his neighbors "a dramatic rise in child labor, we have to find ways that Venezuelans have access to labor markets, but that the impact is positive in the countries of destination" .

He acknowledged that "talking about the migratory movement is currently toxic, there is an adverse political climate and it is in the debate, but migration is positive and necessary in the world of work, but we have to handle it well".

Ryder is in Panama in the framework of the 19th American meeting of the ILO, in which half a thousand representatives of government, trade unions and employers from 34 countries of the continent will evaluate the future of work.

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