The International Labour Organization, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Protection, on conducted a two-day seminar on October 4th and 5th which saw twenty-five participants from differing fields of work within the informal work economy join in a Training of Trainers’ Seminar.
The intention of the workshop was to build capacities of key stakeholders on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the areas of agriculture, construction, and the services sectors and to finalize the awareness raising material to be used by stakeholders of these sectors in reinforcing OSH capacities of workers.
Gweneth King, OSH Consultant, MOSP.
Delivering remarks at the opening of the session were Gweneth King, OSH Consultant, Ministry of Social Protection; Ariel Pino, Specialist in Social Protection & OSH Office of the Decent Work Team & Caribbean Office, ILO; and Francis Carryl, Industrial Relations Consultant, Ministry of Social Protection.
In developing countries, the informal economy provides a considerable portion of the total employment, which in most cases is linked to poor employment conditions. As a consequence, workers in the informal economy lack protection and are usually exposed to unsafe working conditions and the absence of social benefits. Nonetheless, they make an important contribution to the economic growth of the country.
The Recommendation 204 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) concerning the transition from the informal to the formal economy sets for the adoption of an integrated approach to address the needs of workers and economic units in the informal economy. In doing so, decent work deficits are addressed in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.
One of the key challenges of employers and workers in the informal economy is to implement effective Occupational Safety and Health policies and practices. The consequences of work-related injuries and diseases are quite often catastrophic for the informal economic units, as well for families and communities. To address these challenges, the ILO partnered with the Ministry of Social Protection (MOSP) in the definition and implementation of a campaign to promote OSH in the informal economy.