The International Labor Organization has called on Nigeria to use its position on the Governing Board of the organization to influence decisions for the good of Africa.
Its Director in Nigeria, Mr. Dennis Zulu, gave the advice at the opening of a two-day preparatory meeting and ILO centenary seminar for delegates attending the 2019 International Labor Conference in Switzerland next month.
The one hundred and eighth session of the Conference will hold between the tenth and twenty-first of June this year with the theme: ‘Advancing Social Justice and Promoting Decent Work.’
While emphasizing the importance of Nigeria in the continent, he stated that Africa looked up to its present issues as they affected workers at the centenary celebration.
“As you know Nigeria is very important being on the International Labor Organization governing body and also Nigeria counts significantly with the highest number of workers across the continent of Africa.
In addition, He explained that unions across Africa look up to Nigeria to add voice to labor issues that affect workers in the workplace as it is the reason the country is leading voice of the workers’ in the continent.
However, Zulu mentioned that the major discussion at the forthcoming conference would be on the future of Work Report, which would be presented by the Organization Director-General to the plenary.
The Director said the report is a combination of many years of work as the report is very clear on what the drivers of the future of work will be noted that the way at which technology is influencing the way things are done ultimately influence the way trade unions to operate in the workplace.
Hence, Zulu called on participants to ensure that they participated in their large number to influence decisions on child labor, sexual harassment, and safety in the workplace among others adding that the conference would expect member countries to report on their progress regarding standards and conventions that they had ratified and domesticated into their national laws.