IOE Policy Paper on Industrial Relations and Independent Contractors
A high-level ILO mission took place in Guatemala from 5 to 8 February 2018 including representatives of the ILO, IOE and ITUC, to examine the progress made in the country in terms of industrial relations.
During the 331st meeting of the ILO Governing Body, the social partners of Guatemala signed a tripartite agreement with a view to concluding, by March 2018, the examination of a complaint presented in 2012 under article 26 of the Constitution of the ILO regarding the observance of Convention No. 87 on freedom of association and protection of the right to organise.
During the high-level mission, the Tripartite Labour Relations and Freedom of Association Commission was launched, which is responsible for dealing with labour issues and collective bargaining. A series of amendments were also discussed, including to decrees 71-86 and 17-73, which the Employers' and Workers' groups will present with the aim of adapting national legislation to international conventions on labour legislation.
On behalf of the Employers, IOE Deputy Secretary-General, Roberto Suárez Santos, provided political and technical support to the Guatemalan Employers for the implementation of the tripartite agreement. By being a part of the high-level mission, the IOE contributed to improving labour relations in the country.
The Mission was attended by the President of the Republic of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, as well as the Minister of Labour and Social Security and the President of the Labour Commission of the Congress of the Republic, as well as other senior officials. The Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (CACIF), chaired by Antonio Malouf, subsequently offered a reception and dinner.
For more information, contact Roberto Suárez Santos, IOE Deputy Secretary-General
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