Cook Islands Delegation Attends International Labour Organisation Conference

Cook Islands Government
Rarotonga, Cook Islands

June 4, 2016

Cook Islands representatives are attending the International Labour Conference, in Geneva, Switzerland, for the first time since becoming a member of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2015.

The country delegation, led by Secretary of Internal Affairs Bredina Drollet, is fully tripartite including representative participation by Government, Workers and Employers, as required by the Constitution of the ILO.

The annual conference is the key international supervisory system that reviews and assesses member country reports on labour practices in their countries against international labour standards to achieve decent work at a national level.

In addition to the annual review of country reports, this year’s conference is also focusing on three technical issues relating to decent work in the global supply chain, evaluation of the impact of the 2008 ILO Declaration on Social Justice and revision of one of the ILO instruments on transition from war to peace to include recovery from conflict and natural disasters.

“This year’s conference has also had the opportunity to review the General Survey On Migrant Worker instruments, which I think is very relevant to issues facing the Cook Islands at the moment”, stated Drollet.

“It has also been good to meet up with our other Pacific Islands neighbours attending the conference such as Tonga, Kiribati and Papua New Guinea. Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention are also proposed which is of interest for the Cook Islands.”

The delegation comprises Rangi Tairi, Vice President of the Cook Island Workers Association, Mike Pynenburg, Executive Member of the Cook Islands Chamber of Conference, and Dr Nathalie Rossette-Cazel representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. The conference runs for two weeks from May 30 to June 10.

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