On the eve of Labour Day the General Secretary of the National Trade Union Centre (NATUC) Michael Annisette has said the time for social justice is now.
Annisette is currently representing “Labour” at the 108th Session of the International Labour Conference being held in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 10 – 21, 2019. He forms part of the Trinidad and Tobago delegation, comprising the Government, Employer and Labour.
In a release on Monday, Annisette echoed the sentiments of the International Labour Organization (ILO) General Secretary Gus Ryder, who said to thousands of conference delegates: “the uncertainties and insecurities of our time…underline just how fundamental the achievement of social justice is to stability and to peace, and how vital access to decent work is to the advancement of human well-being”.
Annisette said the supports Ryder's declaration that it was time “to tell the world that we have the confidence, the common purpose, the will and the means”, to continue making social justice a top priority.”
The Centenary session of the ILC, known as the “world parliament of labour” began in Geneva on June 10 and T&T will only be participating in the second half of the Conference.
The agenda of the 108th session of the International Labour Conference will cover thematic debates and events connected to the future of work, including various centenary initiatives. They are also discussing how to overcome violence and harassment at the workplace with a view to the adoption of a new international agreement.
At the conference, it was said that this is “the most profound and transformative process of the change in the world of work that it has ever seen”. This is because of the rapid changes occurring due to digital innovation.
Annisette expressed: “Since the digital economy operates in a world without border, more than ever, international institutions overall must play a vital role in shaping the future of work we want.”
He said: “a series of Thematic Forums and events connected to the future of work has been organized to provide an opportunity for debate and sharing inspiring, thought-provoking perspectives on the future of the world of work.”
Annisette said that these forums and events will provide an opportunity to stimulate debate among Conference participants, heads of international organizations, key figures from business and industry and from trade unions, policy-makers, global experts, representatives of civil society and academia, and young people with inspiring, thought-provoking perspectives on the future of the workplace.
Reporter: Kyron Regis