In light of the Complaint filed by a number of Employer delegates to the 2015 ILC against the Government of Venezuela concerning the non-observance by the Government of several ILO Conventions, including Convention 87 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, the ILO Governing Body, in November 2017, requested the Government to invite a High-level Mission led by its Officers.
The High-level Mission was scheduled from 29 January to 1 February 2018 to undertake the agenda of meetings previously submitted to the Government. Mr Mthunzi Mdwaba, in his capacity of Employers' Vice-President of the Governing Body of the ILO was one of the members of this Mission. However, given the refusal of the Government to allow the Mission to meet with all the workers' organisations and other entities indicated in the proposed agenda, the Officers of the Governing Body concluded that the necessary conditions were not in place for a full and effective conduct of the Mission. Consequently, regrettably the Officers of the Governing Body cancelled the Mission. Please access the Official letter sent to the Government (in Spanish only) from the link in the side panel.
The Officers will be reporting on this matter to the Governing Body at its March 2018 session at which time the Governing Body will have to decide whether it is necessary to appoint a Commission of Inquiry, which is generally set up when a member State is accused of committing persistent and serious violations and has repeatedly refused to address them.