Conditions of Employment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd December 2018.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 November 2018 to Question 183319 on Conditions of Employment, what assessment she has made of the ability of the definition of (a) worker and (b) world of work to be ratifiable by as large a number of ILO membership as possible.

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

The Government supports the adoption of an International Labour Convention on ending violence and harassment in the work of work. The Government is fully engaged in discussions in the International Labour Organisation 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 formal 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 International Labour Organisation’s membership as possible.

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