Author: BMS      Date: 15 Apr 2017 12:59:33

BRICS – Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting and Employment Working Group

        Meeting, Sept. 2016.



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South Africa



BRICS Trade Union Forum Meeting was held on 26th- 27th September, 2016 at New Delhi along with the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting and Employment Working Group Meeting.

Labour ministers, labour officials, trade union representatives and employer representatives from five BRICS countries namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa attended. The Joint communiqué prepared after in depth discussion in the BRICS Trade Union Forum was adopted, considering the circumstances and issues common to all the five countries. The Joint Communiqué gave thrust to the fact that jobs created should be decent or quality jobs especially in the context of increasing contract labour, which is having decent work deficits. The communiqué also highlighted the importance of formalising the informal sectors in the BRICS countries in tune with the proposals in the Recommendation No. 204 of ILO adopted last year. The communiqué also demanded “the governments in BRICS countries to fill the entire lacuna in labour standards and vigorously ratify those ILO conventions which are yet to be ratified by the respective countries.” The communiqué also said “We demand that the BRICS governments respect the ILO Labour Standards and Recommendations as important part of all Trade and Services Agreements and take special measures to promote decent work in global supply chains.” The communiqué also reiterated the importance of tripartite functioning of the governments in the five BRICS countries.

On 26th of September, the BRICS Trade Union Forum Meeting started with the hearty Indian traditional reception given to all the trade union delegates attending. The welcome speech was rendered by Shri Virjesh Upadhyay, General Secretary, BMS.

On 27th of September, the trade union delegates for the first time participated in the BRICS Ministerial Meeting, which was inaugurated by Shri Bandaru Dattatrey, Minister of State for Labour and Employment India. Labour ministers from other four and Mr. Guy Ryder, Director General, from ILO were leading their respective delegations and spoke on the occasion. Thereafter the Trade Union Joint Communiqué was presented to the BRICS Labour Ministers by Shri Saji Narayanan C.K. former president BMS on behalf of BRICS Trade Union Forum. In his speech, he requested BRICS governments, the active consideration of the issues raised in the Joint Communiqué. It was followed by employers’ presentation by Shri Y. K. Modi, former president FICCI India. The Joint Communiqué was widely appreciated and many of the issues raised were addressed in the declaration of Labour Ministerial, which was adopted in the end of the meeting.

Official inclusion and involvement of BRICS Trade Union Forum in official summit by the Government of India was widely appreciated. Though initially only one official representative on behalf of the BRICS Trade Union Forum was invited on the table in the summit, but later all representatives from the BRICS countries were present on the table during the session. This, on the spot decision of the Government of India was widely appreciated and acknowledged by all the foreign delegates. Post BRICS all the delegates were provided with documents prepared during BRICS – Joint Communiqué, Government declaration and Brief note on BRICS event with photographs. Written acknowledgement was also received from foreign delegates with qualitative feedbacks for great hospitality, welcome, smooth consultation and cooperation extended by the ILO.

In specific-

  • China sent a special thanksgiving mail along with invitation for the next meeting to be held in Beijing in year 2017.
  • Counter parts from South Africa have invited BMS for African Trade Union Leaders Workshop held from 14 – 16 November, 2016 in Johannesburg. They also requested BMS to nominate a spokesperson for the programme.
  • Counter parts from South Africa have also invited BMS to attend the 6th National Congress of FEDUSA, to be held from 17 – 18 November, 2016.


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