Gov’t urged to ratify ILO Conventions

Thursday, May 09, 2019

The chairman of Gambia Trade Union Bureau (GAMTUB) has called on government to ratify all International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions relevant to peaceful co-existence in industrial relations.

Kebba Masaneh Ceesay on Sunday made this call at the union’s press conference as part of activities marking the celebration of the Workers’ Day which is also known as May Day.

In his statement he urged the government of The Gambia to ratify all ILO Conventions relevant to peaceful co-existence in industrial relations. He also urges government to take into consideration the pending Trade Union Bill where some pertinent observations were raised in accordance with International Labour norms.

Chairman Ceesay in his statement reminds the MOTRIE about privileges the country can benefit from the ILO. While appreciating the initiative taken by the government to increase workers’ salaries, he said still a special review is required for the pensioners’ benefit.

The chairman therefore recommended to the government the existing JIC and also to adopt the ILO Conventions on minimum wage and collective bargaining.

He added that under the new Gambia dispensation, the Union is looking forward to the government of The Gambia through its structures in the new National Employment Policy and in accordance with the ILO Convention 122 on employment policy to give priority to creating employment and enterprise development. This promotes Youth employment and women economic empowerment as well as recognising the rights of people with disability and minorities to productive employment.

For effective playing of their role to consolidate democracy, transparency and accountability, Mr. Ceesay called on all the trade union leaders to unite, saying “Trade Union’s unity is a key to social dialogue and social dialogue is a key to social justice.”

He went further to applaud the government for responding to the Union’s demand on reviewing of the Labour Act, while congratulating the Labour Department for validating the occupational and Health Safety Regulations and he hoped “that the ILO Convention on Occupational and Health Safety will be ratified in its entirety.”

Author: Yunus S Saliu