ILO Delegation visits GEFONT, shares view with Leadership

An ILO Delegation comprising with Team of Specialists from ILO Decent Work Team for South Asia based in New Delhi accompanying by Country Director ILO office in Nepal Mr. Richard Howard visited the GEFONT Office in Putalisadak.

GEFONT President Bishnu Rimal welcomed all the Delegates, and briefed on GEFONT views including changing political and labour market situation. As the Parliament has recently adopted Contribution based-Social Security Act and Labour Act, he informed about wider scopes of the legislation & challenges for effective implementation.

" We need more expertise & extra resources to gear-up proposed Labour Inspection System (LIS) by the New Law"  the President said. "The new Labour Act has given rooms to separate right-based and interest based demands; has opened the diverse doors to address the Interest-based demands", he further said-a single Panel of trade unions for Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is in floor now, which needs to be supported by sector-wise bargain centrally. It will eventually replace existing enterprise unionism by the industrial unionism.Therefore, capacity enhancement of the Social Partners is strongly needed."

President Rimal said that Social Protection is entirely new phenomenon for Nepal. Majority of the policy makers either know it in principle or they understand it as an idea of saving-credit or non-contributory-pension schemes. Therefore technical expertise to make schemes as well as awareness among workers is necessary.

He expressed need of smooth process of Registration of employees at the local bodies,which will help to enlist them into Social Security Fund (SSF) as the genuine contributors. So, preparation of Date base and designing of the schemes is needed for which technical knowledge added by the expert to assist practically.

He further highlighted the roles of Local Government, Provincial Government, Federal Government and Judiciary linking it  with labour issues and needs to enhance understanding ofthese regulatory Agencies.

AS SDGs agenda has direct link with DWCP, President also highlighted some important actions like enhancing capacity of Central Labour Advisory Council for effective function, effective plans for awareness raising among workers about 2030 Agenda. He proposed possible estabilishement of joint Trade Union Training Academy to educate unionists and shouted to enhance capacity to social dialogue of social partnersthrough a multi-stake holder policy-dialogue mechanism with in the parliament.

President Rimal further suggested National Labour Conference; a tripartite conference could be the best platform to review ongoing plans and designing the new plans for future. As Decent Work is a Healthy, Happy and Stress-free work, he suggested finding out appropriate tools for motivation, investment, productivityand job satisfaction.

During the Meeting, GEFONT Policy Institute Chief Umesh Upadhyaya and Deputy Member of ILO Governing Body Binda Pandey added their views.

Country Director of ILO office in Nepal Mr. Richard Howard expressed that there will be bigger tasks to implement Labour Law & Social Security Law. He appreciated GEFONT view and expressed willingness to support with necessary technical expertise & help to find out other resources.  He informed that current Decent Work Country Programme  is concluding the end of December. To review it and planning for new, he invited GEFONT to participate at a workshop to be held on 01 September.

During the discussion President Rimal responded queries of ILO officials  about Labour Act, Social Security Act, Collective Bargaining Process, Wage Fixation, Formal & Informal Workers issues, Migration issues, Discriminations issues etc.

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