A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
April 2021

Negotiation of the OAS Labor Ministers’ Declaration and Plan of Action will begin soon

On May 3, the Virtual Forum of the Inter-American Network for Labor Administration (RIAL) will open to facilitate the negotiation of the Draft Declaration and Plan of Action of Buenos Aires, to be adopted at the XXI Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML) of the OAS, which will take place from September 22 to 24, 2021 under the Presidency of Argentina. These documents will reflect the broad regional consensus on priorities and actions to be taken to build a more resilient world of work with sustainable development, dignified employment and social inclusion.
The Technical Secretariat will send each delegation, COSATE and CEATAL, instructions on how to access and participate in the Forum.


May 1st: International Workers' Day

This year we commemorate this International Day at an atypical juncture, which tests our capacity for resilience, and reminds us of the importance of ensuring the protection and rights of workers, who daily build the destiny of the Americas with their efforts.
Work is the supreme dignity of people, and must be recognized as such. Following the call from the OAS General Secretariat, we invite us all to commit to More Rights for More People.

TUCA elects authorities in its 4th Congress 

The new authorities of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) were elected by acclamation at its 4th Congress, held virtually. 
The Secretariat, the Executive Council and the Women's Committee were elected by 100% of the voters of the electoral college formed by all the affiliates entitled to vote in the congress. With no abstentions or blank votes, Rafael Freire was elected as Secretary General and Fred Redmond as the new President of the Confederation. Completing the secretariat are Jordania Ureña, as Secretary of Social Policies, Cicero Pereira, as Secretary of Union Policy and Education, and Bárbara Figueroa, as Secretary of Economic Policy and Sustainable Development. In addition, Toni Moore and Francisca Jimenez will serve as CSA Deputy Presidents.
TUCA officers will serve for the next 4 years
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ILO calls on World Bank and IMF for people-centered recovery strategies

Economic and social recovery from the pandemic will require policies that promote decent work, address poverty and inequalities, and foster a green recovery, the ILO Director-General has told the Spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Citing the dramatic increase in poverty and inequalities since the outbreak of the pandemic, Guy Ryder also warned delegates that in the absence of concerted and comprehensive policy efforts: "There is a very real risk that the legacy of the COVID-19 crisis will be a worsening of inequalities and social injustice". He further expressed the need to help poor and vulnerable people, including through better social protection. "Today, we have an opportunity to unite our efforts around a common paradigm that recognizes both the value and urgency of investing in adequate and comprehensive protection systems," he said.
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(Includes latest additions to the Portfolio of Responses to COVID-19)

Argentina: Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Socioeconomic Recovery Program from a Gender Perspective. 
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Bolivia: Ministry of Labor and COB inaugurate the Technical Regulatory Roundtable to discuss bills in favor of workers. 
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Colombia: National commitment to redouble efforts against child labor and comprehensive protection of adolescent workers. 
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Ecuador: Delivery of the Violet Economy Project to the authorities of the National Assembly. 
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Perú: The MTPE approves the regulation of Law No. 31047, Law for Domestic Workers. 
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USA: U.S. Department of Labor launches Spanish translation of Worker.Gov to expand awareness of Workers' Rights. 
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Click here to consult the complete repository of Guidelines and Protocols for re-opening and return to work

Click here to consult the complete Portfolio of responses from Ministries of Labor to COVID-19
OAS: Virtual Forum to discuss Declaration and Plan of Action of Buenos Aires 
May 3rd - June 30th. 
More information 
OAS: hemispheric Gender Dialogue: Telework and caregiving co-responsibility for a gender-responsive recovery
May 26th 
More information 
ILO: 109th Session of the International Labour Conference 
June 7th-18th, 2021
More information 
ILO: Next meetings and events 
More information 
OAS: Courses on the Education Portal of the Americas 
More information  
OAS: Opportunities for Funding (Rowe Fund)
More information  
OAS: Scholarship opportunities 
More information  

ECLAC: The social protection of informal workers from the impacts of COVID- 19
More information
(In spanish)

ECLAC: Data and facts about the digital transformation
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(In spanish)

ILO: Employment and Social Outlook Report: the role of digital platforms
More information

ILO: COVID-19 and the World of Work Monitor 7th Edition 
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ILO: The contribution of social dialogue to gender equality
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The economic autonomy of women in a sustainable recovery with equality
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ECLAC: Building a new future: Transformative recovery with Equality and Sustainability 

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ILO: Working from home, from invisibility to decent work 

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