Conditions of Employment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 1st November 2018.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to ensure that the proposed June 2019 ILO Convention includes (a) informal workers and (b) the world’s other poorest workers.

Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the ILO Brown report on ending violence and harassment in the world of work, whether the Government supports the definitions in that report of (a) violence and harassment, (b) workplace and (c) worker.

Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to discuss the proposed June 2019 ILO Convention with (a) Governments of African countries and (b) other Governments.

Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with her African counterparts on support for the International Labour Organisation convention to end violence and harassment in the world of work.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Holding answer received on 30 October 2018

The Government supports the adoption of an ILO Convention on ending violence and harassment in the world of work. The Government is fully engaged in discussions in the ILO on the scope and content of the proposed Convention and as part of that is in regular contact with other states on this issue. The text of the Convention under negotiation includes informal workers and, if universally ratified, would apply to the world’s poorest workers. The Government’s position on the definitions and scope of the Convention is that it should provide broad coverage, whilst being ratifiable by as large a number of the ILO’s membership as possible.

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