De Weever pleased with ILO membership

POSTED: 07/2/12 10:06 PM

St. Maarten – “I know this will be a busy year because we have to ratify at least five ILO conventions. They are busy preparing them to be taken to parliament and I am looking forward to these as well.” That is the summary of a position taken by Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever recently. He was giving a short briefing on the way forward from the 101st International Labor Organization Conference (ILC), which was held in Geneva, Switzerland.
Next to the responsibility de Weever has also pointed out the advantages of attending ILO meetings and being part of the international body which brings together representatives of governments, businesses and employee organizations.
“We’ve had four workshops out of this. There was a workshop for labor inspectors that were held on St. Maarten for Occupational Safety and Health, two officials from St. Maarten attended a workshop in Jamaica on Occupational Safety and Health, a labor inspector went to a course in Turin, Italy on Occupational Safety and Health and there was also the sensitization workshop that was held in preparation of the National HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy with ILO and Paho facilitators. I am glad we’re benefitting from these ILO conferences and projects,” de Weever said.
De Weever also announced that Caribbean ministers of labor that attended the meeting have decided to meet ahead of each year’s International Labor Conference to discuss common issues.
“Generally what happens before these meetings St. Maarten and the Netherlands communicate with each other and create stand points that we will take. However our issues are not always Holland’s issue. We have our own unique issues and it is actually closely related to the some of the Caribbean islands here around us. So it was decided in our meetings before the ILO conference that the Caribbean ministers of labor would meet together to discuss issues before we get to the ILO floor. So I’m happy that will be taking place in the very near future and I’ve volunteered that St. Maarten could host such a meeting,” de Weever said.

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