ILO Technical Delegation Meets MoCLSW Minister
Upon request of the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare from ILO for technical cooperation on social dialogue, a three-member delegation comprised of the following officials visited Iran from 22 through 25 of April 2018 and met with MoCLSW Minister and representatives from Iranian workers’ and employers’ organizations for further understanding their conditions and interaction with the Government.
- Ms Beate Andrees, Branch Chief, Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FUNDAMENTALS)
- Mr Ariel Castro, Desk Officer for Asia and the Pacific, Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV)
- Ms Sanchir Tugschimeg, Principal Officer for Relations and Technical Cooperation for Asia, Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ACT/EMP)
Main passages of Minister’s remarks:
• Attaching great importance for exercising the right to freedom of expression and activities by workers and employers since he himself had experienced prison for union activities, being one of the first persons to launch Kar o Kargar (work and labour) newspaperr after triumph of the Islamic Revolution.
• Developing countries have their own specific issues and one of the problems is analyzing Iranian domestic issues in ILO; still Iran is in a better condition as compared to other States in the region since the first human rights declaration is proclaimed in the old Iran. The Minister said that he is not going to deny labour problems, but rather seeks further cooperation in resolving relevant issues.
• MoCLSW, entrusted with the responsibility to deal with social protection of women and children without guardian, as well as addressing the issues of workers, people with disabilities and dropouts, spares no effort to improve workers’ situation as it is taken a moral duty.
Ms. Beate Andrees pointed out the following:
• One of the major concerns of employer’s group is creating business environment. It is even more challenging when small and medium enterprises are concerned.
• Our main focus is promoting tripartism based on Conventions 87 and 98.
• We are looking for setting up a framework of cooperation between ILO and Iran.
• Knowing about role of workers’ unions in Iran and the conditions required for their registration were important for ILO delegation. They sought to help promoting workers’ unions, while employers’ group is also willing to contribute in capacity building of organizations in Iran.