May 2017
Newsflash #85

A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
RIAL en Colombia
Labor authorities meet to follow up on hemispheric initiatives
On April 28, the meetings of XIX IACML Working Groups finalized in Asuncion. Labor Ministries officials, led by Minister of Paraguay, Guillermo Sosa, representatives of workers and employers, and international organizations, exchanged strategies developed in the region to combat labor informality and promote youth employment, among other topics. In this same venue, the proposed agenda to be addressed by the Ministers of Labor of the region at the next IACML to be held in Barbados in December 2017, was approved.

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United States appoints new Labor Minister
Alexander Acosta was sworn as the 27th United States Secretary of Labor on April 28, 2017. Mr. Acosta is the son of Cuban refugees, a native of Miami, and first-generation college graduate. He is a lawyer and has been a member of the National Labor Relations Board, a federal and state attorney and a university professor. 

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RIAL launches its new virtual platform
On April 28, in Asuncion, Paraguay, a new and modern RIAL platform was launched with new sections, search engines and a very friendly navigation toolbar. We invite everyone to visit it!!
Countries of the Americas celebrate International Workers' Day
Countries of the region reaffirmed their support for the rights and opportunities of the workers of their nations. See some celebrations in: EcuadorEl SalvadorMéxicoUruguay 
Colombia and Canada join forces to advance protection of labor rights
The two countries agreed to initiate a plan to work, among other issues, on strengthening collective bargaining, moving forward in combating labor intermediation and continuing to improve the inspection, monitoring and control system.

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OAS and ITC-ILO offer generous scholarships for Master's degrees in Development
The scholarship covers 50% or €4,200 euro of the total tuition cost and health insurance. The masters are online with an onsite component of 16/18 weeks in Turin, Italy. Deadline to apply is May 30, 2017.

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Canada: youth with disabilities get essential job skills and training
Dominican Republic: Ministry joins country initiative to improve employment opportunities for youth
Ecuador: Ministry promotes labor insertion of young people aged between 18 to 26
El Salvador: millions of workers benefit from General Risk Prevention Law
Guyana: Youth Leadership Training Programme shows progress
Mexico: Secretariat presents an educational Guide on Social Security
Panama: supports employability of people with disabilities
Paraguay: cooperation with the USA will benefit Paraguayan and American students
Saint Lucia: Government supports young people with practical working experience


OAS: XLVII General Assembly of the Organization
June 19-21, 2017
OAS: Scholarship Opportunities
ILO: International Conference on Jobs and Skills Mismatch
May 11-12, 2017
Geneva, Switzerland
ILO: International labour standards
May 22 - June 2, 2017
Turin, Italy
ITC-ILO: Labor Migration Academy (LMA)
July 3-14, 2017
Turin, Italy
OAS: "Equity and Social Inclusion: Overcoming inequalities towards more inclusive societies"
(in Spanish) 

ILO: "Productive employment and decent work as a source of prosperity in LAC"
(in Spanish)
ILO: "Health and safety at work: ILO sources"  
(in Spanish)  
ECLAC: "Annual report on regional progress and challenges in relation to the 2030 Agenda in LAC"
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