Webinar invitation for IOE members and partners (1 February)
Dear IOE members and partners,
You are invited to join a webinar - on Friday 1 February at 14:30 CET - to help the Employers' group prepare for the upcoming ILO Meeting of Experts on Cross-Border Social Dialogue (12-15 February).
The webinar will focus on the following areas:
- Employer responses on the 3x “points for discussion” (click on the document in the Resources box); and
- Employer aims and red lines for the meeting’s conclusions.
- ILO’s pre-meeting report (in English).
(NB: The French and Spanish versions of this report will be made public on the same webpage in the coming days).
- The Office report and the “Points for discussions” are also available in the Resources box.
IOE webinar information:
- Aim: To discuss: (a) employer responses on the 3x points for discussion; and (b) employer aims and red lines for the meeting’s conclusions.
- Date: Friday 1 February
- Time: 14:30 CET
- Register for dial-in information: please email Elodie Richter to receive details on how to dial-in for the webinar before Wednesday 30 January (close of business).
Expected focus of the meeting:
While this meeting will look at all forms of cross-border social dialogue, including social dialogue with regional groupings at the supranational level (such as between European social partners) and social dialogue in relation to the G20/B20/L20, we expect the meeting to focus on the following topics in particular:
- International Framework Agreements (IFAs): the ILO has made it clear that it wants a clear mandate to promote and participate in the negotiation of IFAs and their follow-up, including monitoring, mediation and dispute settlement.
- Build on the revised ILO MNE Declaration. Workers reportedly want:
- The ILO to prepare specific guidance on how the due diligence process applies to labour rights. This ignores the fact that the human rights due diligence approach under the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights already addresses this;
- Greater awareness and strengthening of the company–union dialogue facility offered by the ILO. Currently, the ILO can convene a company and union to discuss issues on a voluntary basis and in a way that the content shall not be used for any binding procedure. We expect workers to push for this facility, which to our knowledge has never been used, to be amended to mediate and settle disputes.
The participants (and observers) for this meeting are already confirmed with Renate Hornung-Draus of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA) acting as the group spokesperson. The webinar will allow our wider membership to provide input to this meeting to ensure we can get the best possible outcome.
Adviser - Human Rights & Responsible Business Conduct